Obama Tax Returns

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These two emails came in, quite literally, two minutes apart, setting a new standard in rapid response:

This, from the Clinton campaign, at 11:23am:

Sen. Obama’s talk about transparency is just words — For all of his rhetoric about disclosure, Senator Obama hasn’t been forthcoming when it comes to his own record.


Fact Check: Sen. Obama and Disclosure

3/25/2008 11:04:59 AM

In the public record there are 20 years of Hillary’s tax returns, hundreds of thousands of pages of records from her time in White House and countless other documents detailing her time in public life. Sen. Obama’s record is far more opaque.

Sen. Obama has not released his tax returns, except for 2006:

Obama has only released 2006 tax returns, ‘as for pre-2006 or 2007 returns, Burton says he ‘will keep you posted.’ Obama released his 2006 tax returns and said, ‘That’s been a policy I’ve maintained consistently. I think the American people deserve to know, you know, where you get your income from.’ “But it’s not as though all Obama’s returns from his entire time as a US Senator are available. Will Obama release all of those returns or, next month, his 2007 tax returns?…As for any pre-2006 or 2007 returns, Burton says he ‘will keep you posted.’” [ABC, 3/9/08]

From Obama campaign, at 11:21am:

Obama Posts Tax Returns on the Internet, Calls on Clinton to Follow Suit Immediately

Clintons’ investment in Cayman Islands firm shows need for full and prompt disclosure

CHICAGO, IL—Senator Barack Obama today posted his tax returns from 2000-2006 on his campaign website, demonstrating his continued commitment to transparency in government and changing business as usual in Washington. The returns are complete, including all schedules, and are now available to anyone to view. The Obama campaign urged Senator Clinton to join Senator Obama in making her returns public.

Consider yourself posted. The returns are here.

UPDATE: There was a question of timestamps. Here’s a shot of my in-box — the Obama campaign apparently defied the laws of TIME AND SPACE. Next step: Walking on water!

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