The Washington Times - March 26, 2008, 01:20PM
Sen. Barack Obama
\ 2008\ Released: Chris Dodd, Obama\ \ Not released: Clinton, McCain, John Edwards, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney\ \ 2004\ Released:\ Wesley Clark (D) (since 1999)\ Howard Dean (D) (since 1998)\ John Edwards (D) (since 1994)\ Richard Gephardt (D) (since 1997)\ John Kerry (D) (since 1999)\ Dennis Kucinich (D)\ Joseph Lieberman (D)\ \ 2000\ Released:\ George Bush (R) (since 1994)\ Al Gore (D) (since 1991)\ Dick Cheney (R) (only first two pages of returns from 1990)\ Joseph Lieberman (D) (since 1990)\ Bill Bradley (D)\ \ 1996\ Released: Robert Dole (R) (since 1966) \ Lamar Alexander (R) (since 1978) \ Jack Kemp (R) (since 1986) \ Phil Gramm (R)\ \ Not Released: Steve Forbes (R), Patrick Buchanan (R), Richard Lugar (R)\ \ 1992\ Released: Bill Clinton (D) (since 1980) \ \ Not Released: Ross Perot (I), Jerry Brown (D)

After Sen. Barack Obama’s income skyrocketed from about $207,000 in 2004 to nearly $1.7 million in 2005 thanks to book deals, he and his wife briskly increased their charitable giving.\ \ In 2005 and 2006, the couple donated $137,622 to charities, including $27,500 to the Trinity United Church of Christ, which has been in the headlines as a result of the recent furor over now-retired pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermons about racism in America.\ \ Before then, the couple contributed less than 1 percent of their income to charity, which the TaxProf Blog noted was “well short of the biblical 10 percent tithe for all seven years.”\ \ After the Democratic presidential hopeful’s campaign posted the 103 pages that comprise seven years of returns - including schedules - on the Internet, Obama aides said it was an exercise in transparency that his rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton should imitate.\ \ Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Mrs. Clinton should release full schedules of her tax returns, especially since she loaned herself $5 million during the presidential primary season. He questioned former President Bill Clinton’s ties to supermarket magnate Ron Burkle and demanded the Clintons release details about their tax rate, stock dividends and income.
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Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times