Linda McMahon, the wrestling magnate seeking the GOP nomination to replace retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, isn’t taking her cues from the Romney campaign when it comes to disclosing personal finances.
The Connecticut Republican released tax returns on Friday showing she and her husband, Vince, earned $30.6 million in 2010 with most of their income coming from stock dividends, according to the Associated Press. A long-time executive of WWE, formerly World Wrestling Entertainment, she stepped down to run for office but her husband remains as president and CEO.
Her primary opponent Chris Shays, a former congressman who is trailing her in polls, pressed her in a debate Wednesday to say whether she would release her returns, criticizing her for pumping millions of her own dollars into the race.
The question of whether candidates running for public office should hand over their returns is a central campaign issue this year, with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney under pressure to turn over his own returns.
In addition to their dividend income, the returns show that the McMahons also earned $827,520 in wages and salaries. About $155,000 came from a movie production venture by Mrs. McMahon with her son and daughter-in-law, her campaign said.
The McMahons gave away $122,000 in charitable gifts, while their charitable foundation made another $1.6 million in contributions.
The winner of the August 14 primary is likely to face Rep. Chris Murphy in November, who is leading in the Democratic primary.