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Tax Transparency: After Expansive Vow, Sanders Releases Only 2014 Return

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Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released nearly all of his and wife Jane Sanders’ 2014 tax return Friday night, but that disclosure still remains far from his wife’s promise to release complete returns for the last eight years while raising more questions about the candidate’s judgment.

As expected there was nothing startling in the schedules, raising the question of why Sanders has held back his returns, issued false statements about disclosure, and, in the case of Mrs. Sanders, made a flatly untrue claim on national television, as my reporting quickly showed.

Sanders runs as a reformer, as Mr. Transparency, and with good cause rails about the damage done by Wall Street. Yet he does not walk his own talk. His failure to be forthright and release full returns back to 2007 — when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate from Vermont — erodes the likelihood that other Presidential candidates this cycle and in the future will release their own full returns.

He is giving aid and comfort to politicians who want to hide their tax returns because what is in them really does matter. He is undermining the future of our country, but seems oblivious. Why does he not recognize that our republic is undermined when politicians — be they reformers, exploiters of weak financial integrity laws or crooks — reveal little or no tax information?

You can be sure that when pressed future politicians with conduct they need to hide will cite Sanders as the standard for making less than complete disclosure. As a would-be reformer, he ought to understand the principle and honor it.

Since Sanders likely has nothing to hide, why not make full disclosure? His mishandling of what should be the non-issue of his tax returns opens a window into the reasons why even politicians broadly aligned with his views, such as the members of the House Progressive Caucus, have been reluctant to endorse him in the primary.

 

Bizarrely, Sanders has placed himself under a tent that includes three of the remaining five Presidential candidates:

  • Donald Trump, who likely pays no income taxes and gives nothing to charity, will not release any tax information.
  • Ted Cruz, whose wife is a Goldman Sachs investment banker, has put out only four years of summary Form 1040s.
  • John Kasich, who between his years in Congress and becoming governor of Ohio, got rich at Lehman Brothers before it collapsed, has issued seven years of Form 1040s.

The fifth candidate still standing, Hillary Clinton, has released complete tax returns to 1992. You can see many tax returns, and for some only the 1040s, at taxhistory.org, a website run by nonprofit Tax Analysts, for which I am also a columnist.

Sanders’ behavior over the past nine months is even more perplexing because he must have known he would be expected to release his tax returns — a political norm dating to the dark days of the Nixon administration. President Richard Nixon, an unindicted tax criminal (his tax guy went to prison) resigned 42 years ago. Vice President Agnew confessed to evasion immediately after resigning.

We need far more disclosure about politicians, their connections, and their money, not less.

Thousands of comments on the internet assert that Sanders should not be held to account because he is alone in going after the establishment and especially Wall Street. But candidates must be held to uniform standards. Running as a reformer does not win anybody a pass. (Anyone who suspects that I dislike Sanders’ policies should read my New York Daily News essay, which explained that popular support for his views is so broad that large majorities of Republicans support his policies, even if they do not realize it.)

Unfortunately, Sanders’ responses to questions asked by other journalists after I explained the issues in my April 1 column have been less than forthright. Most troubling was what Jane Sanders told Mark Halperin on Bloomberg TV, when she claimed “every election we have released them…we did when he ran for election, yeah.” My reporting showed that was not true, but the Sanders campaign has not corrected her false statement.

As for the return that Sanders finally released on Friday evening, there’s nothing there.

The 2014 Sanders return shows that the senator and his wife gave $8,350 to charity, or 4 percent of their $205,271 income. That percentage is double the average in their income class. They did not disclose any further information about the charitable groups to which they donated.

Their Schedule C shows $4,900 in “business income” to Jane Sanders as an appointed commissioner of the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission, a bi-state regulatory body created more than a decade ago that oversees shipments of radioactive waste from Vermont to the Lone Star state. It also shows that Sanders deducted $4,473 for employee meal expenses as a senator, half the cost of those meals.

The only curious item a $204 deduction for tax preparation, after Jane Sanders said that she uses the Turbo Tax program to prepare their returns. The most expensive version of TurboTax sold currently — a higher grade product than needed to prepare the couple’s returns — costs $109.99 That price includes both an online download and a compact disc. And that is the price charged by Intuit, the manufacturer, with retailers offering discounts pricing the top product at under $100.

Of course this is insignificant. Clearly, Bernie and Jane Sanders have nothing at all to hide. So why not release their complete 2007 to 2013 tax documents?

Tax returns for 2015 are not due until Monday night, April 18.

 

 

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David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of taxes in The New York Times. The Washington Monthly calls him “one of America’s most important journalists” and the Portland Oregonian says is work is the equal of the great muckrakers Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens and Upton Sinclair.

At 19 he became a staff writer at the San Jose Mercury and then reported for the Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and from 1995 to 2008 The New York Times.

Johnston is in his eighth year teaching the tax, property and regulatory law at Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management.

He also writes for USA Today, Newsweek and Tax Analysts.

Johnston is the immediate past president of the 5,700-member Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and is board president of the nonprofit Investigative Post in Buffalo.

His latest book Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality an anthology he edited. He also wrote a trilogy on hidden aspects of the American economy -- Perfectly Legal, Free Lunch, and The Fine Print – and a casino industry exposé, Temples of Chance.

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  1. Jim White April 16, 2016

    Typical establishment politicatian

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  2. dtgraham April 16, 2016

    The Sanders 2015 tax return deadline wasn’t until April 15th, 2016. That’s coming. 2014 is now on the books. What will this fraud say when his 2015 return is public? “Oh, well it’s a little less than the Clinton’s estimated $22 Million from 2015.” (yeah, $205,000.00 is a little less). Or the $163 Million that the Clintons made between 2001 and 2012 is also a little less than Bernie made. Just slightly.

    So, $204.00 dollars in unreported tax preparation fees is enough to sink the Sanders in David Cay Johnston’s world, but tens of millions of dollars in unreported foreign government donations to the Clinton Foundation, at a time when she was Secretary of State isn’t. Especially when she said that there wouldn’t be any, as a pre-condition to being Secretary of State. Gotcha.

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    1. Paulinebchurch3 April 16, 2016

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      1. yabbed April 16, 2016

        Flagged as spam.

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    2. yabbed April 16, 2016

      You sound envious on behalf for poor little Socialist Bernie.

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      1. The lucky one April 16, 2016

        And you sound evasive on behalf of rich little capitalist tool Hilary.

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        1. yabbed April 16, 2016

          Hillary Clinton has not been evasive. Neither have the Obamas. They have both released full tax returns for the past 8 years.

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    3. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

      Tax Day this year is April 18, not 15. And please read my updated column above (last night done hastily as I was traveling) to see the reasons this is very important — not the $204 but his mishandling of what should be a non-issue.

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    4. A. D. Reed April 16, 2016

      You really should read the column before you comment on it. Otherwise you simply demonstrate that no matter what anyone actually says or writes about Mr. Sanders, you will blast them for not bowing down to the great god Bernie.

      Really quite sad, you know.

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      1. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

        Columnist here…
        Thank you, A.D. Read

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    5. Independent1 April 17, 2016

      You really are getting a little sickening!!

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      1. dtgraham April 18, 2016

        You only feel that way because you’re a DINO. You’re a liberal/progressive in name only. In 1932, you would have been campaigning for Herbert Hoover over that communist Franklin Roosevelt. His New Deal ideas would have been way too far out for you. Public pensions for the elderly and government relief, plus make work infrastructure projects for the unemployed? Go back to Russia my friend.

        In 1965, you would have slammed Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society as being pie-in-the-sky socialist utopia. Public health care for the elderly and the very poor, and voting rights/civil rights for black Americans? Please people, you have to be realistic and make promises that you can keep…right? As Hillary would say.

        I thought I knew you.

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        1. Independent1 April 18, 2016

          So you’re completely willing to ignore the fact that during the election the GOP could easily paint Bernie as nothing more than a quasi communist who worked hard for a socialist workers’ party that sanctioned the leadership of Iran and other communist/dictatorship leaning countries. And who chose to vacation in Russia during the cold war years when the vast majority of Americans hated Russia, to the point that Esso Standard Oil had to change its name to Exxon because someone noted that there was a city named Esso in Russia!!
          And that’s not all, there are tons of other skeletons in Bernie’s closet that the GOP can exploit to make Bernie totally unelectable. (DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE I GAVE YOU THE LINK TO?? IT HAS THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY WHICH SHOWS BEING A SOCIALIST IS THE WORST THING THAT YOU CAN BE CALLED TO ENSURE YOUR UNELECTABILITY!!! AND BERNIE IS A SELF DESCRIBED SOCIALIST!!!)

          Well I’m not willing to take that risk!! So despite the fact that I don’t disagree with what Bernie is pushing for, I’m petrified that he will be the nominee because I’m convinced he can’t get elected. So I’m willing to support someone I think is at least electable because I absolutely do not want to see the GOP win the 2016 election.

          When are you Bernie morons going to wake up to the fact that despite how much many of us may want to see what Bernie is fighting for BERNIE AIN’T GOING TO GET ELECTED!!! WAKE UP!! WAKE UP!! WE’VE GOT TO SUPPORT SOMEONE WHO CAN GET ELECTED OTHER THAN A REPUBLICAN EVEN IF WE DON’T FULLY SUPPORT EVERYTHING WE FEEL SHE MAY CHOSE TO DO AS PRESIDENT!!
          IT’S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH MY POLITICAL LEANINGS!! IT’S A MATTER OF LONG-TERM SURVIVAL OF THIS NATION!!!!!!!!!

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        2. Independent1 April 18, 2016

          And when are you going to wake up to the fact that the vast majority of Bernie’s primary wins have been not only in caucus states where a small fraction of the electorate participates but also more than half his wins have been in Republican leaning states like Alaska, Wyoming, Maine and others. SO HIS WINS IN NO WAY REPRESENT THE TRUE LEANING OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF VOTERS IN THE STATES HE’S HAD PRIMARY VICTORIES IN!!!!!!!!!

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  3. TerriK April 16, 2016

    So Jane makes money dumping radioactive waste in Texas that was the result of a bill sponsored by Bernie?
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/2/8/1481494/-Sierra-Blanca-Bernie-Sanders-Paul-Wellstone-a-Poor-Minority-Community-and-a-Nuclear-Waste-Dump

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    1. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

      That law was passed more than a decade ago. She is a relatively recent appointee.

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      1. Darrell Imaginarian April 16, 2016

        Which is legal… but it definitely looks like backscratching. She’s the only “alternate” member of the commission, which I think means she doesn’t actually have to show up for meetings. Notable she reports no business expenses at all. No meals, no travel. Maybe she just didn’t bother, or maybe it’s because she didn’t do anything.

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        1. Jeannette Kuebler April 17, 2016

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  4. @HawaiianTater April 16, 2016

    This is a bunch of nonsense. It’s creating an issue where there is none to distract from Hillary not releasing her Wall Street transcripts. One has zero effect on their ability to govern. Another has major implications on what they will do in office. If Bernie ends up releasing every tax return going back 50 years, then people will just come up with another BS excuse to distract from Hillary’s corruption.

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    1. yabbed April 16, 2016

      Hillary’s speeches have nothing to do with Bernie’s tax returns. She gave speeches in a private setting for a fee. People with interesting things to say have that opportunity and they do not release the speeches. If you weren’t invited to hear the speech, that’s your problem. The buyer owns the speech. No one on the speakers’ bureau gives out their speeches. Did GWB ever released the transcripts of his paid speeches? Did Romney? Does anyone?

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      1. The lucky one April 16, 2016

        Interesting that you are comparing Clinton to Bush and Romney. I agree her speeches have nothing to do with Bernie’s tax returns. However they do have everything to do with who she will represent if she is president. If her speeches are just full of fawning and gushing over the greatness of the banksters then there is no need to release them because that is what anyone with any knowledge of Clinton believes to be the case. She would gain a great many votes if she could show that she is not just another tool of Wall St. and banksters. Her refusal or inability to do so speaks volumes.

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        1. yabbed April 16, 2016

          There is one speech that was released by whomever it was that invited her to speak. It was her encouragement and admonition that Wall St and financial houses offer equal opportunities to women.

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          1. The lucky one April 16, 2016

            Yes I see. Hiring more women would certainly solve the problem with bankster greed wrecking our economy and reverse the likelihood of another imminent bubble pop. I’m sure having more females would result in far more ethical behavior. I mean just look at Hilary, a paragon of honesty and ethics.

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      2. miriam nyc April 16, 2016

        Romney’s comment about the takers and the 47 percent helped cost him the election. Clinton has probably has said something equally obnoxious that she doesn’t want the voters to hear.

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        1. jmprint April 16, 2016

          Speculation.

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      3. @HawaiianTater April 16, 2016

        Hillary will never release those speeches. No matter how bad it might make her look to keep them private, releasing them publicly would make her look even worse.

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        1. David April 16, 2016

          I’ve got to agree with you.

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      4. Your MAMA April 16, 2016

        Corporate WHORE!!

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    2. Selena Adera April 16, 2016

      I find it quite misogynist to request from a woman to release her transcripts while she was a private citizen , while we make all kinds of lowly apologies for Sanders, a civil servant, who still refuses to post his real and full tax returns for the past eight years , tax returns for earnings paid for with Tax-Payer Money.

      The hypocrisy in the hardly-veiled double standard is disgusting.

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      1. @HawaiianTater April 16, 2016

        I find it hilarious that you interject sex into this where it is not warranted. Sorry, Hillbot, but your evil overlord doesn’t get to hide behind having a vagina.

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        1. Selena Adera April 16, 2016

          Are the Bernie Bros trying to give the MRA DudeBros a better name? Sorry I mistook you for someone with a modicum of grasp on reality. Obviously, trash is what you like to spew and spread around.

          The more I read the BernieBros comments, the more I see the similarities with Drumpf’s trashy supporters. No wonder your messiah refused to say Drumpf is unqualified to be President.

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          1. @HawaiianTater April 16, 2016

            Calling someone a Bernie Bro does not change the legitimate criticisms of Hillary. All you do by using that argument is show how stupid you are. You can’t legitimately dispute the points so you shout BERNIE BRO! BERNIE BRO! I don’t give two sharts what Hillary’s gender is. I care that she is a Wall Street puppet and a war hawk.

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          2. Selena Adera April 16, 2016

            Your comment shows your drumpf colors dear.

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          3. @HawaiianTater April 16, 2016

            I’ve yet to see you make an intelligent argument to counter the criticisms of Hillary being a war hawk and a Wall Street puppet.

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          4. Independent1 April 17, 2016

            Why are you so obsessed about Hillary being a war hawk?? You left wing Bernie nuts are no better than Tea Baggers.

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          5. @HawaiianTater April 18, 2016

            You’re a sick freak for being so casually okay with the USA killing tens of thousands of people yearly in the name of profit and funneling 600 billion a year into the military industrial complex while millions of our citizens suffer in poverty.

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    3. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

      Columnist here…
      I take it you did not actually read my column or you ignored my careful explanation of the reasons this matters. This is actually an important issue not just for 2016, but for integrity in future American presidential campaigns.

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      1. @HawaiianTater April 16, 2016

        I read your column, David. And I still say you’re making a mountain out of a molehill. On the grand scale of important issues, this is on the bottom of it. It barely even makes the scale. Wall Street and the banks are poised to crash the economy again with their reckless behavior. Putting another war hawk in office could lead to WWIII. We’re close to hitting the tipping point when it comes to climate change if we don’t make drastic cuts to our fossil fuel use. Yet, here you are arguing over something that is very insignificant to the big picture. I agree with you that he should release more of his tax returns but what we’re seeing here is Hillary surrogates using what amounts to a tiny issue in an effort to distract from major, world altering and potentially devastating issues. Think about that.

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        1. Independent1 April 17, 2016

          And there you go making more excuses for Bernie’s failures!!

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  5. stcroixcarp April 16, 2016

    What is the issue here? Why is the author demanding MORE of Sanders than the other candidates? This reads like a paper witch hunt to me. What mischief could that old man be up to? He must be sheltering tens of thousands in illegal tax write off scams. Maybe he is being secretly funded by boogyman , George Soros.

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    1. yabbed April 16, 2016

      Barack H Obama and Michelle L Obama posted their 45 page 2015 tax return today in its entirety, showing every charitable deduction and source of income. Hillary posted 8 years of her tax returns. Bernie and his wife refuse to do the same so the only conclusion is that, like Trump and like Romney, the Sanders have something to hide.

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    2. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

      Columnist here…

      I am demanding the exact same from Sanders as others candidates. Please carefully re-read my updated column above (and the two previous ones).

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      1. David April 16, 2016

        Why aren’t you demanding Hillary’s speeches to Wall Street firms? Scared?

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        1. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

          Let’s see. I personally solved a vicious murder and confronted the killer, exposed spies by name, ran into a burning building… You have no idea.

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          1. David April 17, 2016

            Congratulations! You still haven’t answered why you aren’t calling for the transcripts of Hillary’s speeches to Goldman Sachs, et al. Scared?

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          2. Independent1 April 17, 2016

            Because they are none of yours or my business!!!!!!!

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          3. David April 18, 2016

            Hmm…keep your head buried in the sand Libtard!

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  6. The lucky one April 16, 2016

    “that disclosure still remains far from his wife’s promise” Excuse me, is it Bernie Sanders or his wife that is the candidate?

    Personally I believe that what is revealed by the release of tax returns to be among the least important of the things i need to know about a candidate. There may be some things there that are embarrassing to the candidate but they’re not likely to provide any startling revelations.

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    1. yabbed April 16, 2016

      Well, what you can know about Bernie is that he is a manipulating fraud and he does not qualify as an honest man.

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      1. The lucky one April 16, 2016

        That’s your opinion. Can you point me to a presidential candidate who is honest?

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        1. yabbed April 16, 2016

          Well, we are talking about disclosure of tax returns and in that field only the Obamas and the Clintons have been upfront and totally transparent with their tax returns for the past 8 years.

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          1. The lucky one April 16, 2016

            That doesn’t even remotely come close to answering my question.

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          2. Independent1 April 17, 2016

            Considering that Bill and Hillary are the most scrutinized couple in American history, and have hundreds of GOP cutthroats looking for just on flaw they could spread around the world – I think you’re being a little disingenuous implying that they are not honest.
            Do you have any proof whatsoever to back that nonsense comment up??

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          3. The lucky one April 18, 2016

            Well just for one there is her lie about being under sniper fire while in Bosnia (I think it was). I don’t believe her flip flop on the TPP will hold if she gets in office. Like most pols she says what she thinks will increase her popularity but then acts to serve her benefactors. Her refusal to share what she told her benefactors at Goldman Sachs and the people she receives most of her campaign funding from are both good reasons to question her honesty. Simply avoiding prosecution is not proof of honesty and it should be noted that investigations are not complete. I don’t question her intelligence and with her experience and connections prosecution is not likely.

            Even if she is mostly honest, which I don’t believe to be the case, her record as a war hawk and proponent of fracking is enough for me to reject her.

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    2. A. D. Reed April 16, 2016

      Bernie’s the candidate and he is the one who said on national television that his wife Jane is the one who prepares their tax returns. So he placed squarely on her shoulders the responsibility to release them publicly, as he also publicly stated he would do.

      Every one of your Bernheads screeches about what Bill Clinton did as president. To quote you, “Excuse me, is it Hillary Clinton or her husband that is the candidate?”

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      1. The lucky one April 16, 2016

        I think you are confused. I haven’t said anything about or referred to Bill Clinton at all because as you said Hilary is the candidate, not Bill.

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        1. A. D. Reed April 16, 2016

          You yourself did not, and I apologize for the implication. It is a common meme among Sanders supporters to call Mrs. Clinton out for Mr. Clinton’s actions as president.

          My point was that it was Bernie himself who said, basically, “Ask my wife; she does our taxes.” So the fact that he’s the candidate, not she, is irrelevant to the question of when she (or he) will release their taxes which she prepared and he says she’s responsible for.

          Yes, he’s the candidate. Yes, they file a joint return. Yes, he says they will be released, by her. We’re waiting.

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          1. The lucky one April 16, 2016

            Really? I haven’t seen that so much. Maybe that’s because I don’t give that any credence and so don’t notice it. I have noticed Hilary supporters giving her credit for some of Bill’s accomplishments so I guess it goes both ways.

            It is fair however to consider their actions together after and before his presidency though I look more at her actions or lack thereof while NYS senator (where I live) and SOS. It’s also fair to look at her words and actions while first lady but yes I agree that Bill is not the candidate and it is inappropriate to judge her for his actions good or bad while he was president.

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      2. yabbed April 17, 2016

        Yes, but I noticed that the Sanders took a deduction for tax preparation. Is his wife eligible to charge for tax preparation? She takes home 20% of all campaign contributions as a paid consultant to the campaign so maybe the Sanders are so very special that they can pay themselves for preparing their tax return. 🙂

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  7. yabbed April 16, 2016

    Sanders is a fraud of a candidate and bot he and his wife are proved to be liars.

    That is not a tax return. That is a manipulated excuse. Hillary Clinton posted 8 years of legitimate tax returns. Sanders should show some integrity and do the same.

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    1. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

      Yabbed Sanders has now realized nearly all of ONE complete return so your charge is not accurate.

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      1. yabbed April 16, 2016

        Sanders has not posted a tax return. He summarizes it for us and offers the first page. Barack H Obama and Michelle L Obama posted their 2015 tax return in its entirety – all 45 pages – showing all sources of income and all charitable contributions. Hillary post full tax returns for the past 8 years. Sanders refuses. He is clearly hiding something and it stinks to high heaven.

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        1. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

          Wrong. The Sanders have now posted almost the entire 2014 return, as I wrote above. The worksheets (which charities got paid, which banks got mortgage interest) are missing.

          The mortgage interest amounts, while large relative to income, are consistent with his Senate financial disclosures on his real estate debt.

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          1. yabbed April 16, 2016

            If you need to know what a tax return looks like go online and have a look at the Obama’s 2015 return. It is the complete return, all 45 pages of it. And he did not make all that much more than Sanders.

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          2. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

            You might want to do a little research on what I know about tax returns, starting with my book Perfectly Legal

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      2. Barbara Delaney April 16, 2016

        Mr. Johnston, do you think nearly all of one complete return is enough? I cannot understand why the names of the charities they donated to were withheld.

        And didn’t you write about wondering how they managed such a high rate of deductions? Are you satisfied with what this return has shown about their deductions?

        (sincere questions)

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        1. davidcayjohnston April 16, 2016

          Columnist here…

          As I wrote above and in two previous columns, we should see his complete returns at least to 2007. Jane Sanders promised we would. Hopefully she will keep that pledge.
          Schedule A shows $24,509 of income and real estate taxes and they paid $22,946 in mortgage real estate. That is the major factor in their relatively low tax paid because it lowers the share of their income subject to tax. Nothing odd there.

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    2. David April 16, 2016

      Kind of like Hildebeast released the texts of her speeches to Wall Street firms?

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      1. JPHALL April 17, 2016

        Why don’t they both release together?

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        1. David April 17, 2016

          Because Hildebeast would be shown to be a POS that’s why!

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          1. JPHALL April 17, 2016

            So you have nothing but your usually BS. Figures!

            Subject: Re: Comment on Tax Transparency: After Expansive Vow, Sanders Releases Only 2014 Return

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          2. David April 18, 2016

            The BS is sheeple like you who buy hook, line, and sinker all the lies that she spews.

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      2. Way2GoSassy April 18, 2016

        Why should she be held to a standard no other presidential candidate has been asked to do? She has released her FULL tax returns for 8 years the rest back to 1992 have been online for years. That is apples to apples.

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        1. David April 18, 2016

          Uhhhh…..maybe because she made so much money from the entities she now says she wants to cut bacon. Could it possibly be that Hildebeast said somethings to them that are not consistent with what she is telling the public?

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  8. kimbanyc April 16, 2016

    The HillBaggers are desperate to deflect from the shortcomings of HRC The corporate SHILL……Hence SHILLARY

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    1. Way2GoSassy April 18, 2016

      And the Sandbaggers have their eyes and ears slammed shut going lalalala so they don’t have to hear that their idol has feet of clay.

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      1. kimbanyc April 18, 2016

        LALALA. HILLBOTS CANT HEAR WHILE THEY FOCUS ON ANYTHING BUT SHILLARY AND HER LIES

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  9. Eleanore Whitaker April 16, 2016

    Anyone with any intelligence who listened to the most recent Sanders/Clinton debate not only heard but saw what Sanders is missing most: A realistic platlform.

    There were 3 times when that Big Mouth Sanders couldn’t shut the hell up when it was Hillary’s turn to speak. I guess as a man he figures he can just bellow and women will be so skeeeeeered of him?

    Here is what I came away with from Sanders last debate:
    1. He is going to make Wall Street Pay – This he repeated throughout his speeches 6 times before he shut his stupid mouth.
    2. He is going to make others pay for the free college and healthcare – another 6 times he repeated this.
    3. He is going to force all companies to riase the minimum wage to $15 – another 6 times he said this.

    But, Sanders showed his true macho BS when Hillary was asked a question, answered with an explanation Mr. Stupid stood there not paying a particle of attention to her answer and then accused her of not giving a response.

    There isn’t a woman alive who has not seen this bit of Mr. Man BS in her lifetime.

    All Sanders has is Hillary bashing. When she bashes back at him, his supporters had the chutzpah to boo her. So..it’s okay to bash hell out of Hillary but don’t you DARE respond in kind..Mr. Dipshit won’t like it.

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    1. Tony April 17, 2016

      Yes, the debate most definitely hurt Bernie.

      This debate was what Clinton needed to slap some sense into people that was starting to ‘feel that fool’s BURN’

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  10. Darrell Imaginarian April 16, 2016

    I think it’s the nuclear waste thing. What is the possible justification for the Governor of Vermont appointing the wife of a sitting Senator on a commission where she has zero relevant experience, and as an “alternate” commissioner, which I believe means she has zero duties unless one of the other two commissioners can’t make it to a meeting for some reason. She reported no expenses whatsoever, even though you can deduct ordinary mileage and meals in the course of her duties. Maybe she just didn’t bother, but it’s also possible she didn’t lift a finger all year, and still got a 5000 dollar check.

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  11. Russell Scott Day April 16, 2016

    I personally find it difficult to grasp why the presidential candidate who was often a Senatorial Candidate does not seem to have a file with copies of the forms sent to the IRS going back 7 years. Much of my conversation with my wife is, How much money do we have? Things change. When in trouble I looked for help. If you married someone like you, you are happier. You have the same flaws. So you need an accountant. Unions crushed? Yes. The savior is the Union Business Agent as a Politician. All fathers are demystified. The answer is you become an adult and believe what is possible to touch.

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  12. jointerjohn April 16, 2016

    The release of complete tax return information should be required to qualify anyone for a public office. I was elected to local offices nine times during my career and would not see this as an unreasonable basic requirement for holding any elected position.

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  13. yabbed April 17, 2016

    This t-shirt is selling out. 🙂

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  14. Tony April 17, 2016

    Hillary and her Husband created ‘family medical leave’ benefits for workers. That’s something that has helped me when I needed emergency surgeries like my appendix removal. I didn’t lose my income at work or get fired.
    ThIngs like that has helped poor and middle class families, especially single parents.
    Hillary was there for the sept 11th responders with healthcare issues.

    The Clinton Welfare programs has helped the poor tremendously (even tho lazy people took advantage of it)

    Hillary and her team jumped into action in Flint, MI and was praised by the mayor over the water crisis.

    The Clinton’s stepped in and helped the Hatians during the Earthquake.

    I know there is some rumors circulated about the handling of the foundation, but you know what…? They still helped those people down there!

    I honestly believe Bernie Sanders is on a suicide mission.

    It seems like he has a mega vendetta against rich people. I’m assuming resentment from years when he was a bum and living on the streets.
    The only reason he became a senator is because the NRA backed him in retaliation to rid the sitting senator in VT when that senator went against the NRA.

    I think Bernie wants to be Santa clause and give the poor everything and punish people that have money. I honestly think it’s personal. He wants the rich people to suffer like he did. It makes perfect sense.
    He wants to raise min wage from $7 to $15/hr??!
    A huge jump like That alone would probably have a negative impact on the job market that no analyst have yet to realize. Some already have mixed opinions. He’s gonna end up hurting the very same people he’s trying to help.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but wouldn’t that force employers to then target people with much more experience and education for positions making that kinda money vs someone who had less. After all, some of those experienced people were already making, lets say… $15/hr. So those people wouldn’t even see a pay hike up front…
    So you would then have the middle class competing with the poor and of course the middle class would win by style, education, demeanor, looks…

    Or, the middle class would start applying for the poor people’s jobs, like being a server or small office data entry job, and then what??? Wouldn’t the poor still lose out???

    I think Bernie is doing the ‘increasing min wage, free tuition, big savings in healthcare’ proposals are a combination of a bribery gimmick to get votes and to Punish wallstreet.

    I feel like he wants to create all of this chaos and then quietly pass away and leave us dealing with the war between the Rich and the Poor.

    His main campaign strategy is to attack Clinton on how much money she makes??!!!!

    Is he jealous???

    He should be talking what his strategy is on Syria and Afghanistan. Has anyone even heard him mention the word: Afghanistan? He’s going over seas to see the Pope, but he won’t visit the troops???? He Won’t even utter the word ‘troops’!

    Hillary’s Transcripts is the drive behind his campaign lately???
    Something’s wrong with this picture here! Im sorry but bashing and punishing Hillary by not voting for her because she makes too much money for speeches isn’t a reason to screw this country up years and decades to come! Yes, of course she’s kinda shady and greedy… But she has done good things for the middle class and the poor… She has truly foight and accomplished certain things for us…. That shouldn’t be ignored just because the woman gets $200k a speech. Per History, Hillary gets things DONE a lot more and Better compared to Bernie has. Bernie is good and analyzing and criticizing but he’s not good at immediate reactions and footwork in crisis. This world isn’t gonna sit still while Bernie maps out how he wants things to go and for him not to have back up plans to deal with when one sneeze blows his entire house of planned out cards down! Dreaming BIG is good, but dreaming and doing are two different things.

    Bernie makes reckless decisions even on common sense things such as:

    Opposing the auto bailout and putting hundred of thousands of workers at risk

    Opposing the 5 day waiting period in the gun laws originally

    Implying that he will cut of financial support for NATO if they contribute more money

    We need ideas that are good and sound, not just ‘sound good’.

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  15. Tony April 17, 2016

    How is that Bernie pays only 13.5% taxes?

    That’s a lot LESS than me, a secretary, and Joe the plumber.

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  16. A_Real_Einstein April 17, 2016

    It is time for Hillary to release the speech transcripts or she loses NY which means she loses the nomination. Those transcripts must be awfully damning.

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    1. Tony April 17, 2016

      If they were so scandalous, a secretary of janitor would have recorded her and sold it to the media.

      The conversations may have been inappropriate such as profanity but not scandalous

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