Two Years’ Returns Not Enough for Romney Either

Two Years’ Returns Not Enough for Romney Either August 15, 2012

As Mitt Romney refuses to release more than two years of his own tax returns (in fact he’s only released one so far, but has said he’ll release a second year), it seems that’s not good enough for his own potential vice presidential candidates. He required more from them during the vetting process.

The campaign team for Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, reviewed several years of tax returns from Ryan and others, according to Beth Myers, the head of Romney’s vice presidential search process.

But Romney – a former private equity executive with an estimated net worth of up to $250 million – has refused to publicly release more than two years of tax returns…

During an interview with Romney on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Ryan said he would follow Romney’s lead and release two years of his tax returns.

Tim Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor who was a potential Romney running mate, said he also had to submit several years of tax returns during the search for a Republican vice presidential candidate.

“So more than two?” asked George Stephanopoulos, the host of ABC’s “This Week.”

“Well, we don’t get into the details of the vetting process, but I gave him a bunch of tax returns,” Pawlenty replied. “I don’t remember the exact number of years.”

So the candidate for vice president has to show many years of returns to him, but two years is enough for voters, err, I mean, “you people.” Isn’t that convenient for him?

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  • Pieter B, FCD

    We don’t get to see as much as Mitt does, because we are, as Charlie Pierce puts it, The Help.

    Irony alert: the ad banner is CafePress Romney swag.

  • Randomfactor

    Wildly off-topic, but apparently the Cheerios Arsonist has dropped dead of a heart attack.

    Snarky comment withheld.

  • busterggi

    He didn’t really want those extra years but it was the only way to screen out “you people”.

    Wouldn’t want one of “you people” as a candidate.

  • Mr Ed

    Shake, shake thatetch-a-sketch, Romney in 2002

    “She can’t claim to be disclosing anything until she discloses the returns of her husband, the Enron lobbyist. Under Shannon O’Brien, the state Pension Board lost millions by buying Enron stock when it was collapsing – what is she hiding?”

  • baal

    Romney gave McCain 20 years of tax returns. OT – the article also quotes McCain as saying Palin >> Romney when the >> means more qualified.

  • leftwingfox

    Randomfactor says:

    The last line of that article is enough snark for everyone I think.

  • abb3w

    Romney’s apparently also not yet released the FBAR from his 2010 tax returns. So, we don’t even have one full year.

  • Well he needed to make sure his vice presidential pick was truly a 1%er, and a 1%er who hasn’t just made it lucky in the last couple of years at that. No American Dreamers here, thank you very much!.

  • eric

    I kinda feel bad for Ms. Myers. With any other candidate, this would be relatively trivial information. Romney’s choices have made a minefield for his campaign staff; its getting to the point where its hard for them to say anything and not have it be a gaffe.

  • robb

    i have mixed thoughts about the tax return issue.

    income tax returns are private. they cannot be released except to authorized agencies.

    historically, candidates *have* released returns. however, they didn’t have to.

    romney isn’t compelled to release his returns. if he doesn’t want to there is nothing we can do to make him. move on. ask for his birth certificate or whatever.

    however, i don’t think he is doing it as a statement of protection for personal freedoms. i think he has something to hide and refusing to release them will hurt his image less than what is in the returns.

  • lofgren

    however, i don’t think he is doing it as a statement of protection for personal freedoms.

    Romney’s “personal freedoms” are in no way at risk. Yes, tax returns are private. So are lots of other things that voters want to know about their presidential candidates. You can certainly choose not to divulge that information, and risk not getting elected. Romney has always been free to make that choice, and indeed it is the choice he has made.

  • d cwilson

    No, there isn’t anything we can do to force Mittens to release his tax returns.

    On the other hand, we are also under no obligation to drop the issue just because he’d rather not talk about them.

    And considering that conservatives have demanded to see every documentation about Obama’s life down to his juvenile immunization records, I’m not inclined to let up on this issue.

    Ironically, it was Mittens’ father who set the precedent that he’s bucking.

  • dickspringer

    The dog that didn’t bark is John McCain. He has seen Willard’s returns and has not confirmed or denied anything.

  • Pieter B, FCD

    If you’ve got privacy issues, don’t run for President; it’s that simple. Was it Reagan or LBJ that had the results of his colonoscopy released?

  • Michael Heath

    While I understand how additional Romney returns will reward Democratic partisans, I think his character is already sufficiently revealed.

    The red herring I’m increasingly encountering when this subject comes up is why the president hasn’t released his Columbia undergrad grades. How’d Mr. Obama get through the ’08 campaign season not reporting on this? Especially given McCain’s finishing near the bottom of his class at Annapolis.

  • bobaho

    I still suspect Willard is hiding voter fraud. That vote in 2010, with his son’s address as place of residence smells funny. That 2010 tax return is the linchpin to a very embarrassing situation for Willard. McCain never saw that return because it had not happened yet.

  • And where is that second year’s return – is it that hard to go to Kinkos to make a copy? Or does Mittwit not have to file at the same time as everyone else. Any bets on whether that second year’s return never gets disclosed at all before Nov, or perhaps gets disclosed but claimed as a “new” disclosure.

  • dingojack

    dickspringer (#13) – Were you thinking of:

    “‘Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?’

    ‘To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.’

    ‘The dog did nothing in the night-time.’

    ‘That was the curious incident,’ remarked Sherlock Holmes”.

    Silver Blaze. Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Curiously, Dingo (in the night-time). 🙂

  • Random factor @2:

    “Snarky comment withheld.”

    Why. He’s dead. Fuck him. It’s gonna hurt who, his family? I doubt they’re reading this or any progressive blog.

    “Denyes said that while he didn’t know Leisner well, what the nation saw in the protest video “doesn’t accurately reflect who he was as an individual. He was a very loving and caring father of his four children, a loving husband and he seemed to get along with other people.” (

    Bullshit, what the nation saw was a guy who probably did “love” his own family and get along with other people–as long as they weren’t opposed to his religious/political beliefs.

    I can just see YHWH having his morning breakfast of “Lost souls” and the milk of human kindness, thumbing through his kindle and getting the newswire. He turns to JESUS, who is snorting meth, and says, “Wow, I gotta get that targeting system on the “Bolt-Outtathe-Blue” fixed, stat!”.


    “I kinda feel bad for Ms. Myers.”

    Why? Presumably she is an intelligent adult; she made a concious decision to work for a lying sack-o-shitwindsock like Mittunswillard, she needs to deal with that, not people being mean to her because she willingly takes a check from the asshole.

  • abb3w

    @13, dickspringer

    The dog that didn’t bark is John McCain. He has seen Willard’s returns and has not confirmed or denied anything.

    That’s not quite accurate. John McCain reportedly saw 23 years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns from circa 1985-2008. Mitt also released to the public most of the 2010 return and an estimate on the 2011.

    However, John McCain would not have seen Mitt Romney’s 2009 tax filings. The campaign was over before that.

    Mitt Romney has not released the 2010 FBAR (“Report on Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts”), nor the 2009 returns. It’s known that Mitt Romney had an account with UBS that he closed in 2010. It’s known that in 2009, UBS turned over account holder information on several thousand accounts in an unprecedented breach of Swiss Banking confidentiality; and that in part as a result, the IRS offered a prosecution amnesty to those who stepped forward. It’s known that of the 3000+ people who reported accounts in 2009, only on the order of 100 had reported them previously.

    My suspicion is that Mitt Romney availed himself of the IRS amnesty in the 2009 returns to avoid felony prosecution. Unprosecuted felony tax evasion is the skeleton, the 2009 returns are the big hole where it’s buried, and Mitt Romney would appear to be completely justified if he believes the release of proof of an unprosecuted tax felony would be more damaging than his ongoing refusal to release his returns.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Mitt Romney: Claim I didn’t pay taxes ‘false’ but won’t release records


    What an idiot. By trickling out info like this, he keeps the issue in the news. His response to Biden 2 weeks ago was also idiotic, “put up or shut up.” Who has the ability to “put up” by releasing Romney’s tax returns, Biden or Romney? Either he is totally, utterly clueless, or there is something really really bad on those returns, and he and his team did a calculation and decided that releasing them would be worse than this slow-death-by-papercuts.

  • Reginald Selkirk