Release Your Tax Returns, Handel Says

On the same day that her first TV commercial hits the airwaves, Georgia U.S. senate hopeful Karen Handel called on the other Republicans in the race to release their tax returns from the last five years.

“Throughout her career, Karen has been a leader in ethics reform and government transparency,” says campaign manager Corry Bliss. “In an effort to promote government transparency, The Handel for Senate Campaign is making available the last five years of Karen’s tax returns and challenging all other US Senate campaigns to do the same today.”

While as secretary of state, Handel’s campaign says she set limits on gifts to employees (including herself); established a nepotism policy to address cronyism; and required a one-year “cooling off” period before employees could take lobbying positions with companies seeking to do business with the agency he or she worked for previously.

Nosy reporters can check out her tax returns at her campaign office.


  1. KD_fiscal conservative says:

    Handels handlers are starting to make her look desperate for attention. First playing the victom card when Perdue made fun of her, and now this.

    I do think making Perdue look like an elitist will hurt him, but not sure why to Handel folks thinks its going to help her. People generally precieve female candidates as either too weak or too bitchy, she’s making herself look like both by using these cheap tactics.

  2. View from Brookhaven says:

    What about nosy members of the public? Or nosy members of Nunn’s campaign staff?

  3. saltycracker says:

    We should be a lot more concerned about what a candidate has not filed or reported, junkets paid for and if they have any outstanding due but unpaid taxes.

  4. Will Durant says:

    How about the returns filed for their PACs as well? Oh, I forgot, most of the PACs are not actually the candidate’s or part of their campaigns. With all of the circumventions available the so called release of their individual income tax forms is practically meaningless.

  5. drjay says:

    meh, i guess there could be an argument made that the return of the already elected officials is fair game because “we pay their salary” or whatever, and my guess is it probably is or should be discoverable if someone is delequent or has a lien or hasn’t filed–but otherwise i pretty much feel like it’s none of your effing business what is on my tax return…

    iirc correctly personal financial disclosures were the reason howard stern gave for dropping out of the guv race in ny in 94…

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