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Obama camp calls for Clintons' tax returns

  |   March 25, 2008 at 8:39 PM
WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama posted his 2005-2006 tax returns on his campaign Web site and urged his rival to do the same, his campaign said.

The Hill reported that Obama's campaign is calling on Hillary Clinton, the junior senator from New York, to release her tax returns before the April 22 primary in Pennsylvania.

Robert Gibbs, a spokesman for the Illinois senator, said Clinton will do so if she values transparency in government. The Clinton campaign said Monday that the senator planned to release her tax filings after the April 15 filing deadline, but before the Pennsylvania primary.

Obama's campaign has insisted that the tax filings are need to determine the origin of a $5 million loan Clinton made her campaign and more information on how her husband, former President Bill Clinton, received a $20 million payout from Yucaipa, which the newspaper reported is a supermarket holding company that invests in offshore tax shelters.

"Senator Clinton recently claimed that she's 'the most transparent figure in public life,' yet she's dragging her feet in releasing something as basic as her annual tax returns," Gibbs said in a statement. "Senator Clinton can't claim to be vetted until she allows the public the opportunity to see her finances."

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