Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Clinton? Nope.

Barack Obama has released his tax returns from 2000 through 2006, and has promptly called on Sen. Clinton to do the same.

Find the tax returns here.

Now, remember when you though Hillary Clinton was going to release her returns on or before April 15th?  

Nope, now they want to push the release to the weekend news cycle just before the Pennsylvania primary.

An aide to Hillary Clinton pledged on Monday to release the senator's tax returns at least three days prior to the Pennsylvania primary.

So, what's the holdup?

"Senator Clinton recently claimed that she's 'the most transparent figure in public life,' yet she's dragging her feet in releasing something as basic as her annual tax returns," said Obama Communications Director Robert Gibbs. "Senator Clinton can't claim to be vetted until she allows the public the opportunity to see her finances--particularly with respect to any investment in tax shelters."
Press Release

Update: Just to highlight, a few people have voted No in the poll below. Why exactly should Clinton not release her tax returns? Interested to know.

Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, tax returns (all tags)

Comments

75 Comments

Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns

Hasn't she said she will do this soon?  Not that she is required to do so in any way...

by jarhead5536 2008-03-25 09:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns

No, she didn't.  She said she needed until April 15th, because she's very busy.  Now, she is saying she is going to wait until the weekend news cycle right before the Pennsylvania primary.

by oregonkcg 2008-03-25 09:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns

Do you have a link or video of Hillay saying she is going to wait until the weekend news cycle before the primary?

by americanincanada 2008-03-25 09:17AM | 0 recs
by oregonkcg 2008-03-25 09:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns
Problem is she isn't the one doing the work to release them. She just needs to have her accountant take care of it. It's for past years so they're already done. If she keeps putting it off it makes some people wonder if she thinks the tax returns will hurt her chances of winning. Maybe they wouldn't but it does raise suspicions.
by Becky G 2008-03-25 09:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

yes she needs to the more she drags her feet the more people will think she has something to hide.

Q: like why is she waiting RIGHT before PA votes?
A: because they are afraid that it could hurt her in the polls if they release it to far in advance.

q: WHAT IS IN HER RETURNS THAT SHE IS AFRAID OF?
and if she is not afraid then call her accountant and say release em, THESE ARE OLD returns they are already done, its not like she has to redo them, the IRS has them saved so does her accountant you simply post copies takes a day tops

by TruthMatters 2008-03-25 09:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

This sort of logic is the same stuff that people spoout about the PATRIOT Act.  If I have nothing to hide, why not let the government spy on me?

Until she is the nominee, she is under no obligation to disclose these records.  Also, Hillary (and her husband BTW) is a cautious corporate attorney by trade.  She has been carefully taught from day one of law school never to volunteer anything, anything at all.  I really don't have a problem with that...

by jarhead5536 2008-03-25 09:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Are you serious?  She excoriated Rick Lazio when she was running for the Senate for...  not releasing his tax returns!

by oregonkcg 2008-03-25 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Rick Lazio was the nominee of his party at the time.  Clinton is not the nominee of her party...

by jarhead5536 2008-03-25 09:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

I don't follow your reasoning.

by ragekage 2008-03-25 09:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

To be clear, the nominee of the party for a particular office is required to release tax information.  Candidates for the party's nomination are not...

by jarhead5536 2008-03-25 09:43AM | 0 recs
Hmm....

I thought this was the time for "vetting", so we aren't surprised by big faults in the general.

Or does that only apply to Obama?

by bawbie 2008-03-25 09:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Bawby's got a point. What if it'd hurt her chances significantly in the primary, or would make more Democrats hesitate about voting for her?

by ragekage 2008-03-25 09:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Nice job of splitting hairs there.  Why exactly do you think she called for the returns to be released?  SO HE COULD BE VETTED.  Same as here.

by oregonkcg 2008-03-25 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Why is that relevant at all?  Please explain in detail.

by Cycloptichorn 2008-03-25 09:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Because it's not clear she's going to release the old returns. Just this year's.

Also, I predict that for the first time in their married lives, Bill and Hill will file separately.

by Travis Stark 2008-03-25 09:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Obama has released his papers from 2001-2006.
He doesn't have to release 2007 until April 15th.

Hillary should release her 2000-2006 papers immeditealy.
And I want to see her accounts while they were in the White House.
Please the list of donors to their library.
Nothing short of that will do,

by KathyM 2008-03-25 09:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

"Nothing short of that will do,"

No, Kathy.  I'm pretty sure that even the requested records won't satisfy you.  You just don't support her...

by jarhead5536 2008-03-25 09:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

They'd satisfy me if there was nothing to worry about in them.

by ragekage 2008-03-25 09:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

kinda funny

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsm emo.com/2008/03/obama_releases_his_20002 006_ta.php

"This is pretty funny. Hillary spokesperson Phil Singer blasted out an email at 11:23 insisting that Obama release his tax returns for back years,

Exactly two minutes later, at 11:25, Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor emailed out word that Obama had posted his tax returns for 2000-2006 on his campaign web site. Turns out the Obama camp has been planning this for some time."

by TruthMatters 2008-03-25 09:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl
That's funny. Maybe they were hoping for a demand like that so they could quickly comply then turn it right back at them. I'd like to think so.
by Becky G 2008-03-25 09:23AM | 0 recs
Gotcha issue

It's a meaningless gotcha issue, both sides use it. Obama would have been smarter saving it for McCain. But right now he is throwing everything at the wall hoping something will stick before PA changes the game.

by souvarine 2008-03-25 09:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Gotcha issue

Very true. And if there is nothing much there, like with her schedule, he is going to have egg on his face.

by americanincanada 2008-03-25 09:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Gotcha issue

How do you figure?  Her returns for the last several years are already done!  What is she scared of?

by oregonkcg 2008-03-25 09:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Gotcha issue

her 'schedule' has gotten her in some trouble with the media, as it disproves some of her own comments.  But, you knew that before you wrote your post, so why do I even bother?

by Cycloptichorn 2008-03-25 09:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Gotcha issue

How do you figure?  Her returns for the last several years are already done!  What is she scared of?

by oregonkcg 2008-03-25 09:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Gotcha issue
No, it not meaningless at all. It's very important. Surely you realize all you can find out about a candidate from their tax returns. What if Clinton was the nominee then we found something damaging in them that the Repubs could use. Voters have a right to have that info - it's part of being vetted.
by Becky G 2008-03-25 09:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Gotcha issue
Actually, I think he's releasing all his stuff because he's going to make it a big issue just before PA. The Clintons are never going to make this stuff transparent. Millions of dollars of donations to the Clinton Library, Bills income from speaking engagements from the last few years. They're going to hide this stuff as long as possible.
by Travis Stark 2008-03-25 09:35AM | 0 recs
Is this opposite day?

I think you are turned around and upside down.

First you accuse Obama of the "kitchen sink" strategy, which Clinton claimed to use a month ago, and now this.

Amazing.

I think you reside in the anti-reality universe.

by bawbie 2008-03-25 09:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Is this opposite day?

Right, Healy quotes some anonymous "Clinton" aide saying the campaign is unleashing a kitchen sink fusillade. Obama is the one using the term, here is Obama himself on CNN, trying to distract from his NAFTA problem with a classic bit of dissembling and projection: "The Clinton campaign ... is employing a Kitchen Sink strategy".

by souvarine 2008-03-25 10:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Is this opposite day?

HA!

According to your ass-backwards logic the Obama campaign is using the "kitchen sink" strategy because they are quoting the Clinton campaign's claim to be using the kitchen sink strategy.

Brilliant!

by bawbie 2008-03-25 10:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

its very interesting that HIllary supporters are voting no for her, but I assume none of you have a problem that her campaign was demanding Obama release these exact tax returns at 11:23 (2 minutes before an email went out that Obama was releasing his returns)

Honestly I think every no vote, deep down KNOWS that there are things in her return that would hurt her, and are all for her delaying it so that they don't have to face that reality.

by TruthMatters 2008-03-25 09:25AM | 0 recs
Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

I'd like to see all the tax returns.

But we already know Michele got a raise in the range of $200,000 once Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, and he tried to get an earmark for her employer.  I'm busy right now or I'd get the cite -- buit it's all over.

But Obama still won't release his 8 years of Senate records from IL.  This one I happen to have on hand:

http://www.borderfirereport.net/latest/o bama-s-records-problem.html

Judicial Watch has been trying to get a hold of Barack Obama's records while he served in the Illinois state legislature from 1996-2004.  With his suspicious connections to indicted political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, and his "friendly" relationship with domestic terrorist William Ayers, we think the public ought to have a look at his official papers from this time period.  

The problem?  
Nobody knows where they are, if they exist at all.  And Obama's story keeps changing.
During a campaign stop last fall, Obama said he didn't have any records of his eight years in the Illinois state legislature.  "I don't have -- I don't maintain -- a file of eight years of work in the state Senate because I didn't have the resources available to maintain those kinds of records."  

(Apparently they don't have boxes in Chicago.)

However, when questioned on the records by Meet the Press host Tim Russert on November 11, 2007, Obama said:  "Well, let's be clear.  In the state Senate, every single piece of information, every document related to state government was kept by the state of Illinois and has been disclosed and is available and has been gone through with a fine-toothed comb by news outlets in Illinois...every document related to my interactions with government is available right now."
Contrast this "version of the truth" with what the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State recently told Judicial Watch, in response to our open records request:  "The ISA does not maintain Senator Obama's personal records or papers.  [Nor] does the ISA maintain records generated by his office.  In addition, the ISA has received no requests from Senator Obama to archive any records formerly in his possession."


by katmandu1 2008-03-25 09:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

seriously right?

he releases 2000-2006

so while her supporters are saying that she like wise shouldn't release those same years they are now calling for him to release even more?

all the while saying this is a non-issue of nothing but gotcha and time shouldn't be wasted on this?

really there is absolutely no hypocrisy here that you can see?

by TruthMatters 2008-03-25 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

I'm not   sure  I  could  ever  vote  for  a  man who laughingly  says   he's  not  good  with paperwork,    and  then   claims  he  can't  even  FIND  his   Illinois  Senate  records.    

Sounds     unorganized   and  incompetent  to me.  

Unless  it's  just    BAMBOOZLING.    

Either  way,   it  doesn't  reflect  well on a  man  who   wants  to be  President of  the United  States.    

by auntmo 2008-03-25 09:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

I gotta laugh. Hillary's balking at the simple stuff, like last year's tax return, and you think you've got a case on Obama. Please. Does the whole Clinton campaign now come down to, "Hey! He's done a  little what I've done a lot!"

by Travis Stark 2008-03-25 09:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

Truth  is,  Obama  and his  campaign  have  said  they  can't  FIND  his  Senate  records.    

Now  that    Hillary  has  released  her  WH  records,   after  all the   Obama  whining,   perhaps  it's  time  for  Obama  to  stop  avoiding   doing  the  same.    

What's  he  got  to  hide?  

by auntmo 2008-03-25 09:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

Hillary didn't release her WH records, the national archives did.

So instead of bitching at the Obama campaign, I think you need to be bitching about the Illinois state senate archives.

by bawbie 2008-03-25 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

I've  already raised  an adolescent  who  tried  to make  excuses,  bawbie.    

Email  Obama's  campaign  and  tell him  you   want  him  to   be  HONEST  and  TRANSPARENT.  

Do  it  today.  

by auntmo 2008-03-25 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

Excuse me?

The Obama campaign is entirely HONEST and TRANSPARENT.

The Clinton campaign is NOT.  Have you emailed them?

by bawbie 2008-03-25 10:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

Ya. Right. Hillary released the official White House public calendar of her activities. Not her personal activity calendar. She's still balking at thousands and thousands of pages of records of her actual white house activities. Not to mention the tax returns, Clinton Foundation donor list, etc., etc.

What's SHE got to hide? Clearly, given their relative levels of transparency, MUCH more than Obama.

by Travis Stark 2008-03-25 09:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

Jeez,  you  Obamanauts   are  such   crybabies.    

Attacking  Clinton  doesn't  excuse  Obama's  lack of   transparency  in his own  records.  

And  the  American public  doesn't  play  high  school  games  like you do.  

Release  the  records,  Obama.  

Or  be  considered   a    HYPOCRITE.  

by auntmo 2008-03-25 09:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?
Hilarious. So then you're calling for Hillary to release all her records then? (Knowing of course that she won't.)
by Travis Stark 2008-03-25 09:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

But we already know Michele got a raise in the range of $200,000 once Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, and he tried to get an earmark for her employer.  I'm busy right now or I'd get the cite -- buit it's all over.

Michelle got a promotion to a VP position that paid $200k more, she didn't get a "raise".

We also know that Obama requested dozens of earmarks for Illinois medical facilities including hospitals and clinics, and that the earmark for Michelle's hospital was average at best (small, given its size; several other hospitals had earmarks from Obama ranging from $2.5m to $12m over X years)

by mattw 2008-03-25 09:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

Nothing like some good old fashion parsing.

by Dave B 2008-03-25 10:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

Yes.  Once  again,  Obama's  story changes  to cover his   own   butt,   while    attacking   his opponent   for  doing  exactly  the  same thing.    

GAWD,  this  man  is  a  fraud.    A  charming one,   but   a  FRAUD  nonetheless.  

by auntmo 2008-03-25 10:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Obama release his IL Senate records?

Citing what's essentially a "Minuteman Project" adjunct.

Why am I not surprised...

Is the NewsMax server offline?   Did Bill Kristol not have anything interested to say today?  Sean Hannity on vacation?

Go back to freerepublic.com

by zonk 2008-03-25 10:11AM | 0 recs
Today's talking point

I guess today's "issue" from Obama is tax returns. It is getting seriously boring. Even I can write "expected" reactions from Obama people.

"Oh! She did not disclose her tax records yet! Oh! There must be something fishy there! Of course, she is a liar!"  

Endless and baseless character assassination.

by praxis1 2008-03-25 09:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Today's talking point

She's doing it to herself.  she doesn't need much help from us it seems.

by oregonkcg 2008-03-25 09:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Today's talking point

Asking for tax returns is "character assassination"?

I guess Clinton assassinated Lazio's character in 2000 then...

by bawbie 2008-03-25 09:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Today's talking point

Yes.  The   daily  Obama  hysteria  is  getting  old,   especially  since   he  admits  he  can't  even find  his own  records  from  the  Illinois  Senate   years,  but   keep  whining  about  Hillary's  records  as  First  Lady.  

I'm   beginning  to think the  Obama  campaign and  its  supporters  LIKE  the  continual  emotional  hysteria  they  exude. You know,  like  high  school  girls  at  the  "cool"  table in  the  cafeteria.   It  gets  old.      

It  comes off  as  very  very  UN  presidential,  and  incredibly  immature.    

Do  they even KNOW  they come off this  way?  

Sheesh

by auntmo 2008-03-25 09:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Today's talking point

No it;s called 'transperancy'. It's why he will do well here in Colorado, with issues like a open society.

by KathyM 2008-03-25 09:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Today's talking point

When  I   see you   DEMAND  Obama   release  his   ILlinois  Senate  records  in the interest of  "transparency,"    I'll  give  you   a  few points  for  intellectual  consistency.    

Get  after  it,  Kathy.    Email  Obama  and insist   he  follow  your  expectations  of  "transparency."  

Puuuuleeeeze

by auntmo 2008-03-25 09:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Today's talking point
Well, given the Bosnia thing... she ain't exactly a truth teller.
by Travis Stark 2008-03-25 09:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

In case anyone wants to read them, here are Obama's returns, in pdf format:

http://my.barackobama.com/page/-/Press/T axes_2000-2006.pdf

2000 - 2006

by mattw 2008-03-25 09:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Bout   damm  time!!

Now,   can   you  give  us  a  link  to  Obama's   records   as  an  Illinois  Senator?    

After  all,  Clinton   HAS  released  her   records  as  First  Lady.  

Isn't  it  time  that  Obama  lives  up  to the  same  standards?      

by auntmo 2008-03-25 09:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Clinton didn't release her WH records, the National Archives did.

by bawbie 2008-03-25 09:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

That's  a  copout ,  and you know  it.  

Doesn't  explain why    Obama  is  still    holding on  to his own   Senate  records.  

Why the double  standard?  

by auntmo 2008-03-25 09:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

He's not "holding on to" his senate records any more than Clinton is "holding on to" her White House records.

There are archives that release any information that was required to be collected.

There is NO double standard here.

by bawbie 2008-03-25 09:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

I'm  guessing  you  didn't  read  the  article  above  from  the  Illinois  Senate  Archives  that  said    OBAMA   has  his own personal records  from  the  Senate,   and  that  they don't  keep   that  kind of  thing----the   SENATORS   do.    

But  then  again,   FACTS  confuse  Obamanauts.   They'd   rather    whine   and  gnash  their  teeth  in  emotional   tantrums.  

Gimme  a  damm  break,  bawbie.

by auntmo 2008-03-25 10:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

I'm  guessing  you  didn't  read  the  article  above  from  the  Illinois  Senate  Archives  that  said    OBAMA   has  his own personal records  from  the  Senate,   and  that  they don't  keep   that  kind of  thing----the   SENATORS   do.    

But  then  again,   FACTS  confuse  Obamanauts.   They'd   rather    whine   and  gnash  their  teeth  in  emotional   tantrums.  

Gimme  a  damm  break,  bawbie.

by auntmo 2008-03-25 10:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Please do me a favor.  Fix the spacing in your comments and please employ a less derisive tone.  It doesn't paint you in a flattering light.

by oregonkcg 2008-03-25 10:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

No.  The Illinois State Archives said they don't have any records for Obama because they don't keep those records.

What records are required by law to be kept that the archives doesn't keep?

is there any?

NO.

by bawbie 2008-03-25 10:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl


Obama:

  • All US Senatorial records
  • All US Senatorial earmarks
  • last 6 years of tax returns

Clinton:
* First lady schedule

Obama's not the one with an information deficit here.

by mattw 2008-03-25 10:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

Woah! It's a huge file. 65mb!

by KathyM 2008-03-25 09:45AM | 0 recs
Question.

What do her detractors expect to find in the returns?  Exactly what are you questioning?

by jarhead5536 2008-03-25 09:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Question.

Where they made all their money since Bill left the White House.  

This is especially important since that money is not fueling their campaign.

by bawbie 2008-03-25 09:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Question.
Actually, isn't it where that $5 million loan came from. Their combined income.
by Travis Stark 2008-03-25 09:58AM | 0 recs
ACK!

I meant "This is especially important since that money is now fueling their campaign."

by bawbie 2008-03-25 09:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Question.

Explanations for how she went from around 5 million dollars in debt, to about 30-50 million in wealth in just 6 or 7 years.  Her book royalties sure as hell didn't pay that much.

Explanations for where the 5 million dollars she loaned her campaign came from.

Revelations about who she is financially beholden to, who Bill has been doing business with.  Plz recall that he has consistently stated that he has no intention of stopping his business deals once she is in the WH.  This is the very definition of an Unvetted situation; it is impossible to tell who has their hooks in the Clintons, and for how much, without this knowledge.

You and other Clinton supporters have made gigantic hay from the Rezko situation; what if the Clintons have done business with people just as bad, or worse?  Will you denounce them for it?  The tax returns would let you know, but she isn't releasing them.

by Cycloptichorn 2008-03-25 09:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Question.

I don't know what Bill gets paid for speaking engagements, but he is a faily popular former President, so I'm sure it's a hefty fee.  Hillary has written, what is it, four books?  The advance for her autobiography alone was $15 million.  These people are not hurting for legitimate income.  Seems that some folks think it is a crime for a Democrat to be rich, except for John Edwards, obviously...

by jarhead5536 2008-03-25 10:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Question.

Oops, not advance for the bio.  Profit from book sales was $15 million...

by jarhead5536 2008-03-25 10:08AM | 0 recs
by mady 2008-03-25 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Releases Six Years of Tax Returns... Cl

For one, huge conflicts of interest in the millions of dollars Bill has made from speaking engagements in the last few years.

The rest we'll have to see when she releases them. (Ya. Right. Say that with a straight face.)

by Travis Stark 2008-03-25 09:47AM | 0 recs
Dirty Laundry

I want to see all this info. before we get to the General.  If they aren't willing to divulge all of it, why vote for them?  Obama should release the State Senate Records, so that then he can ask for her tax returns without having to hear about any documents he hasn't released.  The tax returns are incredibly important.  I don't like the idea that maybe an ex-POTUS accepted $10 million from the Saudis to use on his library.  They all got some shady stuff going on, let's get it out in the open.

by venavena 2008-03-25 10:05AM | 0 recs

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