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Obama releases tax returns to 2000

From NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan
The Obama campaign released six years of tax returns today, trying to underscore their argument that they operate with transparency and pressure the  Clinton campaign to do the same. 
 
Communications Director Robert Gibbs asked why Sen. Clinton couldn't get someone to go down to Kinkos and photocopy her returns, so that the public could see how she could afford to loan her campaign $5 million and the $20 million payout from Yucaipa, a holding company that invests in tax shelter in the Cayman Islands.
 
The Obamas reported a gross income of more than $980,000 in 2006, a dip in income from 2005 when the couple reported close to $1.7 million in gross income.  You can see the tax returns here.
 
Asked why the campaign had decided to release the tax returns now, Gibbs sidestepped the question and pointed to the release of tax returns for 2007 earlier this year. He also asked for the address of the glass house the Clinton campaign resided in, when told that Clinton spokesman Phil Singer had questioned why Obama hadn't released his schedules from his years in the Illinois senate.
 
Obama has been questioned about his schedules by reporters before and has said that as a state senator, there was little in the way of record keeping by himself or his miniscule staff. Gibbs today said that his public correspondence is available and that the Clinton campaign had it. 
 
Clinton's schedules from her years as First Lady were just released after much arm-twisting by the press and conservative non-profit groups. Her tax returns have yet to be released.