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Clinton pressing Obama to disclose tax returns for all of public life, not just the Senate years.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA.--On the day income taxes are due, the Clinton campaign is calling out Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for only releasing tax returns from 2000 on. There has been a lot of back and forth on this during the campaign--at one point the Obama team was pressuring the Clintons to release the returns for the years after they left the White House. They did, and they revealed the couple hauled in $109 million. But Obama has never released the returns from his entire public life--from his years as a state senator from Illinois.

To: Interested Parties
From: The Clinton Campaign
Date: April 15, 2008
RE: Tax Day Test: Is Sen. Obama As Transparent As He Claims?

For all of Sen. Obama's rhetoric about the need for tax return transparency, you'd think he'd have released all of his tax records. Guess again.

For weeks, Sen. Obama and his campaign relentlessly demanded that Hillary release all of her tax returns even though 20-years of them were already publicly available. His campaign held an endless string of conference calls, issued press releases and flooded the airwaves with surrogates attacking Hillary for not immediately releasing the returns for the last few years she has been in public life.

Sen. Obama said the American people "deserve to know where you get your income from," stressing the need for "full transparency" and bragging that his campaign has "set the bar."

Well, Hillary released tax returns earlier this month and is now the only candidate in this race who has made thirty years worth of tax returns public.

But despite his rhetoric, Sen. Obama doesn't abide by the standards he sets for others.

Sen. Obama has refused to release his tax returns for 1997, 1998 and 1999, even though he was in public life as a state senator during those years. During this period of time, Sen. Obama was accepting contributions from special interest lobbyists, PACs and even directly from corporations.

In fact, Sen. Obama has a habit of demanding higher standards of transparency for others than for himself. The National Archives has released hundreds of thousands of pages of documents from Hillary's years as first lady, including her entire schedule. Throughout the campaign, Sen. Obama has demanded Hillary release more documents, even though they are not under her control. Meanwhile, Sen. Obama refuses to release any documents that are more than three years old. At first, Sen. Obama and his campaign told the press that he had records from his state senate years. Later, he said he threw them all out.

Whether it's tax returns or legislative records or his relationship with indicted political fixer Tony Rezko, Senator Obama seems to take "the dog ate my homework" approach to disclosure.

When it comes to transparency, the only thing transparent about Senator Obama is his claim to be transparent.

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So now you're function is as a press agent for the Clinton campaign? I don't see where you asked Obama's camp for a response.

How is this journalism? We deserve better.

The Obama HQ blog distorters need to stop berating the journalists and the bloggers and work with those 70's activists Obama wants replaced with the young messiah worshippers (Here's the url for that--thank you Mayhill Fowler--and thank you LYNN for pointing that out!)
Oh--and remember--Lynn's posted PLENTY of Obama news releases. Glad the Clintons finally stopped focusing on the ground game and got a press release out about the 30 years of Michelle Robinson and Barry Sotelo and Barack Obama tax returns.
Must be some yummy stuff that explains why he's anti-war with Aaaahhhh aaahhhh cheeeeee but pro war in the Senate.
Jeesh! The two campaigns should combine--Barry's group can do the campaign ads and the blog cliff's notes and Hilary's group can get all those pasty middle-aged women (the ground game).
You'll see us out policing the vote this time.
Won't get fooled again.
It's a 70's thang.
Here's the url--why bother watching Colbert powder Michelle's behind and kick Hilary under the set when you can go to the source and then decide for yourself who's been doing the hoodwinking, etc.:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayhill-fowler/
obama-exclusive-audio-on_b_96333.html
HRC--NOT YOUR ENEMY!
Yes we CAN all get along!

What is good for one should be good for all. It looks like Obama has something to hide. Why will he not release those tax returns, Clinton did? Why will he not show the American people about his Illinois legislative work? He diffidently has some thing to hide. Some one should be looking for the info now , not letting it out after the nomination or general election!

The Clinton campaign is right to press on this, after the Obama camp was so pushy about Clinton disclosures.

Thanks for posting the original memo release from the Clinton camp. It's always interesting to read the primary sources on your blog. I am amused that "Julie" complains when you post a Clinton campaign memo, but doesn't object when you post Obama campaign memos.

Anyway, thanks for keeping us informed and giving us the opportunity to discuss the campaign here.

IF YOU HAVE TO PRODUCE THESE DOCUMENTS, DO IT AFTER YOU WIN THE
NOMINATION, SO QUEEN HILLARY DOESN'T THINK SHE IS CALLING THE SHOTS!
28 MILLION PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS!
WORSE FOOD SHORTAGE IN 17 YEARS!
A WAR THAT HAS NO END IN SIGHT!
GAS IS 4 DOLLARS A GALLON!
DIESEL FUEL IS HIGHER THAN REGULAR GAS!
KBR, HALLIBURTON, BLACKWATER LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK!
JOBS BEING OUTSOURCED OVERSEAS, AMERICANS OUT OF WORK!
ONE SOLUTION, VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA!

Phil. Stop shouting. He won't have to present the documents.
(But if he gets to the top of the ticket we'll get our butts kicked by McCain--we still might if he doesn't end his spoiler trip soon).
Speaking of trips non-metaphorically--the documents are in the Caribbean, I betcha.
Smart boy.
Hey Jilly, tell Angellight and Julie Mack and the other kids travelin' with the messiah hoping to get a job in the white house that attacking HIlary right now is exactly what Howard Dean asked the campaigns not to do.
Hilary's been a class act.
Not so Obama. When he issues his W.O.R.M. statements (what i really meant) he ALWAYS blames Hilary for it making the news-- and it's always false! It is always a news story ahead of time.
rezko=Obama=Mccain.
He's a spoiler.
I think he's crooked and you don't wanna see it.
It would be a form of withdrawal from the messianic training the Obamas made you endure. (The campaign's looking more and more like a bad cult--the worse thing in the Mayhill Fowler piece was the bit where he said he wanted 'new people' to replace the party stalwarts. He doesn't mention anything about stolen elections. And he's a closet sexist who won't admit he likes his women a certain demure way).
Wake up.
Why you think he took that trip to the caribbean right about now--with all those secret service guys to hurry through the security? Taking cash? Documents about Rezko and god knows what?
Read a newspaper. Get off the blogs and live your life!
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-rezko-court-story,0,7957753.htmlstory
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- Witness tells of mysterious ‘consultant’
- Investment firm received contract from Caribbean.
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-rezko-court-story,0,7957753.htmlstory
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- Witness tells of mysterious ‘consultant’
- Investment firm received contract from Caribbean.
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MCCAIN HAS ALOT OF BAGGAGE! HE ISN'T THE ALTAR BOY EVERYBODY
THINKS HE IS, HE MAY BE A WAR-HERO, BUT HE ISN'T THE CHOIR BOY
EITHER! READ HIS INFO ON GOOGLE, AND YOU TELL ME IF HE DOESN'T
HAVE CHINK IN HIS ARMOUR!
MCCAIN IS A MAVERICK, HE SPOKE AGAINST THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT, HE
COLLIDED WITH BUSH IN 2000, SO HE'S GOT PROBLEMS OF HIS OWN!
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO DECIDE TO GO A DIFFERENT COURSE OR
WILL IT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL!
WE'RE IN A RECESSION, DARN NEAR A DEPRESSION, WE BETTER GO WITH
BARACK OBAMA, HE HAS FRESH IDEAS, NOT WITH THE STATUS QUO, LET'S
GIVE HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT THE BUSH WRONG!
DON'T GET OUT-FOXED BY HANNITY, O'REILLY, AND ABC!
THE QUESTIONS AT THE LAST DEBATE WERE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO
PUT OBAMA ON THE SPOT, HE HANDLED THE SITUATION.
AMERICA WAKE-UP BEFORE WE ALL END UP ON THE BREAD-LINE!
I WANT TO KNOW HAS THERE EVER BEEN A PRESIDENT TO CAUSE MORE
THINGS TO GO WRONG THAN GEORGE BUSH!
A FAKE WAR! ECONOMY STINKS! DIESEL FUEL HIGHER THAN REGULAR FUEL!
GUN VIOLENCE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH! AMERICANS OUT OF WORK!
JOBS OUTSOURCED TO INDIA, EUROPE, ETC...
IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE, VOTE FOR OBAMA!

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