Hillary Clinton just released her tax returns, praising herself for her transparency and calling out Donald Trump to do the same. They even made sure their latest year of returns looked squeaky clean as they paid plenty of taxes and contributed 10% of their gross income to charity.
But the Clintons may be rethinking the release after someone bothered to take a glance at them.
At first things looked great for them and rough for The Donald, as The Washington Times reports:
Mrs. Clinton hoped the release would embarrass GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has refused to release any of his, while also shining a light on the high rate she and her husband paid in their own taxes.
The Clintons’ federal taxes in 2015 amounted to 34.2 percent of their income, and their combined federal, state and local taxes were 43.2 percent. They donated 9.8 percent of their adjusted gross income to charity — though almost all of that was to their own charity, the Clinton Family Foundation, run by close personal friends.
But look more than a year back and the big picture becomes a nightmare of corruption for the most connected family in Washington:
All told, the couple earned $151.5 million over the past nine years, and some $238 million since they left the White House in 2001.
Mrs. Clinton has famously described herself as “dead broke” when they left the White House, saying they were in debt.
So through two recessions a broke family has made a quarter of a billion dollars? What an amazing story of the American entrepreneur! Oh, wait, I meant what a corrupt story of special interests and using political connections to make a boatload of illegal money!
Hundreds of thousands for speeches to Goldman Sachs, the Russians, and many others. Foreign investments that have paid off beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
Thanks Hillary! You just reminded America of the corruption your campaign and your entire life is built on. How will that sit with the average American?
Source: The Washington Times