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* Republican Congressman Bob Dold’s new TV ad opens with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attacking (although not naming) Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns. Check it out

The 10th CD leans Democratic in presidential races, but that’s surely an interesting twist.

* From a Dold campaign press release…

After first coming under fire for campaigning to voters as a successful “business consultant”, only to later disclose he had no actual clients or revenue, serious questions about Schneider’s honesty and financial background have been growing.

And Schneider’s refusal to release his household tax returns has now put him at odds with demands from his own party’s presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, who labeled the disclosure of a candidates household tax returns from their time in public life as the basic standard of transparency.

Unlike Bob Dold, who has released his household tax returns dating back to 2009 (the year before he first ran for Congress), Schneider has consistently refused calls from the public, the press and even his own party to meet this basic standard of transparency by releasing all of his household tax returns dating back to 2011. Instead, Schneider has effectively said that his tax returns are none of the public’s business—citing “privacy” concerns and offering only vague financial disclosure documents required by federal election law.


…Adding… The dispute here is over “household tax returns.” Schneider has released his individual returns, but hasn’t released his returns which he filed jointly with his wife.

posted by Rich Miller
Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 11:39 am


  1. definitely an interesting attack angle using Hillary Clinton at the start. Trying to appeal to North Suburban women???

    Schneider has no one to blame but himself. This was an issue last time, did he think it was going to disappear this time around? #SMH.

    Comment by Ravenswood Right Winger Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 11:49 am

  2. I don’t believe any candidate for office should have to publicly disclose their tax returns. Why should they?

    Comment by Groucho Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 11:55 am

  3. clever.

    Comment by Ghost Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 12:01 pm

  4. It’s a good tactic. I don’t know how much the voters actually care though. I, for one, lean toward keeping tax returns private.

    Comment by Just Observing Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 12:05 pm

  5. The ad is pretty ‘meh’, but I’m impressed with the moxie behind its main point - tricking people into believing his opponent is the Republican in the race.

    Comment by Century Club Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 12:10 pm

  6. Dold sure doesn’t want to voters to know about his 30 year record of helping elect far-right GOP pols, this year.

    Comment by lake county Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 12:16 pm

  7. This interesting ad is the difference between a campaign (Dold’s) custom creating an ad for the specific 10th district race and specific opponent– versus what happens when Schneider tries to cut and paste and force fit a generic D. ad (and one that usually doesn’t work well or make much sense in the 10th). Grade A

    Comment by Responsa Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 12:38 pm

  8. If Dold had ever done anything in the private sector other than work for his Daddy’s business, then maybe this would resonate with me. But since he’s trying to get at the level of Schneider’s private sector success, consider me unimpressed that it’s coming from a guy who has lived in Kenilworth his whole life and whose career is limited to working in the family business.

    Comment by slow down Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 12:44 pm

  9. Agree with Responsa, another good ad from Dold.

    Comment by siriusly Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 12:47 pm

  10. “I don’t believe any candidate for office should have to publicly disclose their tax returns. Why should they?”

    “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.” — Richard M. Nixon.

    – MrJM

    Comment by @MisterJayEm Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 1:07 pm

  11. Not particularly strong.

    Comment by A guy Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 1:12 pm

  12. Tax returns give us insight to their true actions, such as charitable contributions.

    Comment by pool boy Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 2:26 pm

  13. I think demanding to see someone’s tax returns is akin to asking to use their bathroom and rifling through their underwear drawer.

    It doesn’t really tell voters much other than satisfying an itch about how much they really earn.

    Comment by Colin O'Scopey Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 3:09 pm

  14. Boom. Good ad. why oh why 10th CD Dems did you pick that guy……

    Comment by Amalia Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 3:57 pm

  15. complete the circle, Dold. ask Trump to release his taxes for multiple years so we can learn all about the bankruptcies. if multiple years of banktrumpcy can be talked about on the Late Show (hat tip Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart) then it should be in the actual policy stream for the election discussion.

    Comment by Amalia Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 4:00 pm

  16. Chutzpah, lots of Chutzpah. But fair game.

    Comment by Boone's is Back Tuesday, Jul 19, 16 @ 4:15 pm

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