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Clinton releases income tax returns for 2000-2006 show $109 million gross income.


Sen. HIllary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) released tax returns for the years 2000-2006 on Friday afternoon. LINK

Disclosure of these returns has been an issue of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). The Clintons had previously released returns for the years President Clinton was in public life, in the White House and Washington. But the big interest is in the years since he left and reaped miillions of dollars once back in private life. Their gross earnings is $109 million and after taxes income for this period is $57 million.

Where did the Clintons'--who left the White House in 2000 with relatively little money--get this fortune over the years? Highlights from the campaign:


Including, among other items:

Senator Clinton's Senate Salary: $1,051,606
President Clinton's Presidential Pension: $1,217,250
Senator Clinton's Book Income: $10,457,083
President Clinton's Book Income: $29,580,525
President Clinton's Speech Income: $51,855,599

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Statement of Jay Carson, Clinton Campaign Spokesman

Today Senator Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton are releasing their tax returns for the years 2000 through 2006, and are providing information regarding their 2007 taxes as well.

The Clintons have now made public thirty years of tax returns, a record matched by few people in public service. None of Hillary Clinton's presidential opponents have revealed anything close to this amount of personal financial information.

What the Clintons' tax returns show is that they paid more than $33,000,000 in federal taxes and donated more than $10,000,000 to charities over the past eight years. They paid taxes and made charitable contributions at a higher rate than taxpayers at their income level.



TAXES PAID: $33,783,507

The Clintons paid $33,783,507 in federal taxes – 31% of their adjusted gross income. According to the most recent data available from the IRS, in 2005 taxpayers earning $10,000,000 or more paid on average 20.8% of their adjusted gross income in taxes.


The Clintons donated $10,256,741 to charity – 9.5% of their adjusted gross income. According to the most recent data available from the IRS, in 2005 taxpayers earning $10,000,000 or more contributed 3.1% of their adjusted gross income in cash contributions to charity. Information about the Clinton Family Foundation, including a list of charities to which the Clintons contributed through the Foundation, is available online in the Foundation's publicly available tax returns (



Including, among other items:

Senator Clinton’s Senate Salary: $1,051,606

President Clinton’s Presidential Pension: $1,217,250

Senator Clinton’s Book Income: $10,457,083

President Clinton’s Book Income: $29,580,525

President Clinton’s Speech Income: $51,855,599


Senator Clinton’s book income is comprised of earnings for Living History ($10,267,895), including an $8,000,000 advance, and It Takes a Village ($189,188). The earnings for It Takes a Village were donated to charity. Since the release of It Takes a Village in 1996, Senator Clinton has donated over $1,100,000 to charity.


President Clinton’s book income is comprised of earnings for My Life ($23,280,525), including a $15,000,000 advance, and Giving ($6,300,000). The President donated $1,000,000 of his income from Giving in 2007 to charity.


NOTE: The figures in this summary include 2007 estimates.

Annual tax information is available for download here:


I'm a republican. I'm not jealous of or hate people because they are wealthy.

Almost everyone who serves in the congress, from both parties, seem to end up wealthy.

The Obamas are going to be living on easy street, win or lose.

Michelle recently signed a book deal.

Barack can continue writing more works of fiction/biography.

They will garner exorbitant speaking fees.


How this help the economy ?

The Clintons got an extension on their 2007 returns, so information on them isn't being released. Isn't that convenient?

But, but, I thought once the Clinton's tax returns were made public, everyone would see how evil the Clinton's are?

I sure hope obamageddon has a "Plan B."

Interesting how all these "public servants" manage to amass over $100 million thanks to the largess of benefactors like Ron Burkle and others. And Hillary has the gall to say Bill got rich doing what he does best; talking to people. Where do us regular Joe's sign up for that gig? Sure beats 12 hour days hands down. The Clintons proved that if you stay at the public trough long enough, the bucks will roll in. Nice work if you can get it.

They paid more than their fair share in taxes.....over 33 million worth and they also GAVE more than their fair share in charity...almost 10%, where Obama only gave 1%.

By the way, when is Obama going to release his 8 YEARS of "missing records" from the Illinoise state senate?

What is he hiding? How can 8 Years of work be missing?

Re: Posted by: PHIL SMITH JR | April 4, 2008 10:40 PM

How this help the economy ?

Dear Phil,

Ironic, isn't it, that you left out the "helping" verb in your question?

If you don't know how donating $10 million to charity helps the economy during the BushCo years, perhaps you should go back to school.

Character matters in picking the next president and Hillary Clinton's is found wanting. Here is further insight into Hillary's character by a respected ealier colleague of Hillary Clinton. "As Hillary Clinton came under increasing scrutiny for her story about facing sniper fire in Bosnia, one question that arose was whether she has engaged in a pattern of lying. The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary�s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther � and goes much deeper � than anyone realizes. Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy�s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation � one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman�s 17-year career. Why? �Because she was a liar,� Zeifman said in an interview last week. �She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality."� URL: :/ illary-was-fired-from-congressional-job- for-unethical-behavior/trackback

Then we have Mark Penn's free-trade negotations with the Columbians which calls into questions from some unions like Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa who said the account calls into question Clinton's own credibility on the trade pact. "How can we trust that a President Hillary Clinton would stand strong against this trade deal when her top adviser is being paid by Colombia to promote it?" Hoffa said. "To support this so-called `free trade agreement' is anathema to the labor movement and to anyone who supports working people, social justice or the environment." AND Then WE Have: Greg Tarpinian, executive director of Change to Win, which has endorsed Obama and represents a coalition of unions actively working against the trade pact, called on Penn to resign his campaign post. "It's time for Senator Hillary Clinton to send her vaunted `chief strategist' Mark Penn packing -- back to his job consulting for union busting corporations and anti-labor governments for good," Tarpinian said in a statement.

Permalink | Trackback URL: penn-apologizes-as-labor-groups-call-fo r-his-resignation?mod=WSJBlog/trackback /

Every day Hillary supporters are speaking out in ways which continue to inflame race and gender, divide and conquer -- that is no way to run or win a race! If she was really concerned about African Americans and Womens' Issues then she and her surrogates would not be stating daily staements which further fuel the gender and racial divisions in this country in a misguided strategy of divide & conquer. Hillary and her camp have been shown to untruthful and unethical. When they get caught in their lies, they laugh it off and say they misspoke, misspeaked, and misstated. They are not honorable people and she does not show the kind of character that should be running the highest office in the land.

News flash: Clinton's are rich! Now we can all get a good night's sleep, right? Every public figure has got it good & some will get even better when they leave office. That is the way of things. Bet Obama is disappointed. No dirt to dig up. Awwwwwww....BTW, Obama has not released his 2007 tax returns either according to articles I have read. Awwww.....One thing the article proves: write a hit book & make money!!! And good for that author! I don't begrudge them. Ask JK Rowling. John Grisham, etc. etc. As for speaking engagements by Bill, that just shows he remains popular. If nobody wanted him the price would go down & he'd sit home in front of his tv. Such a shame that Obamanites have no ammunition. Hey, why is it that nobody is discussing the fudging Obama wrote in his book about his "successful law career in civil rights"? Junior partner, mostly filed paperwork, a lot of it foreclosures. One noteworthy case on an appellate level. Talk about resume padding! Yet, Hillary's schedule is torn apart, reduced to "high teas", while Obama is gonna get another free pass for his work "in the trenches"??? Pulllease!

"Obama, talk is cheap," says Hillary. "I got 51 million reasons that says it's not," says Obama. "I would've left that church if he was my pastor," says Hillary. "You're the last person we should look to, to be a moral compass on leaving loved ones when they disappoint you," says Obama.

The Clinton's money was not earned at the "public trough" but through speaker fees and book sales after they HAD LEARNED SOMETHING and had some experience worth discussing.
Where are the Obama's past 30 years of tax returns?
Since they insisted on all this doesn't it seem fair?

Something the media NEVER feels comfortable about mentioning: The Ten RICHEST members of the US Senate are ALL democrats. And the only reason is its not richest 12 is because Edwards and Corzine are no longer in the senate.........Anonymous asks, "how does this (Clinton tax news) help the economy?" answer: The Clintons paid $31 million in taxes. Also, I'm no Hillary fan whatsover, but the Clintons gave nearly $13 million to charities. About 11% of their wealth. The Obama's only gave about 3% of their wealth to charities.

The Tax returns was supposed to be the Big Bomb for Clinton..She has been vetted over and over...always the same thing....Why doesn't Obama release his 2007 tax returns. Don't waste your time looking for anything on the Clintons.They donated approc 1/3 of income to charity. Obama less than 1%......Does that tell u something.

I will never understand some people; the tax returns are crystal clear where their (honest) money came from and people still deride and try to smear. Mrs. Clinton's books were bestsellers as were her husband's; Bill Clinton is also an enormously popular speaker, and his fees were absolutely in line with those of sought-after speakers. I hope the people who are now clamoring for their 2007 returns realize they're not due until 4/15, and really, the Clintons are under no obligation to release them at all. Personally, I don't blame them, since it's clear some people aren't really interested in transparency, but rather are trying to find some hint of scandal.

When will the Obama and Robinson (30 years kids--you know the Repubs will be ALL OVER every aspect of your lives for the past 30 years) tax returns be released? When the Chicago media presses them on this the way they pressed them on Rezko? (Oh, I see, the national news media will have to do this, lead into it by the Republicans that control our media outlets).
The double standard is amazing during this campaign season. Apparently being sexist is the last allowable habit of stupid people (male and female in America. But the smart people are now fighting back. Watch Geraldine Ferraro expose Randi Rhodes for the pea-brained person she really is:
Why wouldn’t the other media outlets run this? Well, Fox knows there’s very little risk of Hilary winning anyway, so why not? But the other mainstream media outlets do not want to get caught doing anything to help THE ONE CANDIDATE WHO CAN STILL BEAT JOHN MCCAIN—AND THAT’S HILARY. Note who’s posting it—Tennessee Guerilla Women. News Flash—Hilary TOOK the mid-South, and you need that to win in the fall campaign. Barack’s fake wins in Iowa and elsewhere (republicans cross over, bosses intimidate caucus employees, stuffed ballot boxes in Minnesota), EVEN WHILE OBAMA REFUSES TO STEP IN AND SAY THE DEMS WILL REVOTE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA!
Now, watch the Obama campaign trolls call me racist for saying so.


The Tax returns was supposed to be the Big Bomb for Clinton..She has been vetted over and over...always the same thing....Why doesn't Obama release his 2007 tax returns. Don't waste your time looking for anything on the Clintons.They donated approc 1/3 of income to charity. Obama less than 1%......Does that tell u something

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