Hillary Clinton's campaign, using tax deadline day, tried to turn the tables on Barack Obama today, calling on him to release his income tax returns from years he was in the Illinois state senate.
After weeks of badgering from Obama's campaign and from the media, Clinton released her joint returns earlier this month. They showed that between 2000 -- their last year in the White House -- through 2007, they earned more than $109 million, most coming from former president Bill Clinton's speaking engagements and book royalties.
Obama, who had previously disclosed most of his returns, has pledged to release his 2007 return this month.
But Clinton's camp is more interested in those from the late 1990s. And it accused Obama of talking a good game on "transparency," but not following through himself.
"Despite his rhetoric, Sen. Obama doesn't abide by the standards he sets for others," Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said in a statement, echoing a conference call with reporters. "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."
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