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Below, from Kirk campaign.....

Kirk Campaign Urges Giannoulias to Stop Stalling on Release of 2009 Tax Return and Senate Ethics Disclosure

Two months since April 15th tax filing deadline, Giannoulias still mum on when he will release his tax return;

Thursday will mark one month since Senate Ethics Committee filing was due;

"What could Alexi be hiding?"

Northbrook, Ill. - After two months of waiting for Alexi Giannoulias to file his 2009 individual tax return, the Kirk for Senate campaign today renewed its call for Giannoulias to end his "Blagojevich-style" stonewall tactics and disclose his financial information for the last calendar year.

"While Congressman Kirk demonstrated his commitment to transparency and accountability by making his tax returns available and filing his annual financial disclosure on time, Alexi Giannoulias has now gone two months without disclosing his tax information to the people of Illinois," Kirk campaign spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski said. "We saw the same delay tactics when Rod Blagojevich ran for governor. After reckless banking practices brought down Broadway Bank and cost the FDIC more than $390 million, Alexi owes the people of Illinois a full accounting. What could Alexi be hiding?"

Last month, Congressman Mark Kirk filed his annual Financial Disclosure Report with both the House and Senate Ethics Committees. Earlier this year, Congressman Kirk made available his personal tax returns dating back to 1999.

In April, Mr. Giannoulias announced he had filed for an extension on his 2009 personal tax return but refused to disclose when he would make his tax information available to the media. In May, Mr. Giannoulias filed for an extension on his Senate Ethics Committee report as well.

In response to the Kirk campaign's call for Giannoulias to release his financial information, the Giannoulias campaign said last month that "all of Alexi's information will be filed and publicly disclosed prior to Election Day." In 2002 and 2006, Rod Blagojevich employed similar tactics to delay inspection of his tax information.

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