Poking Romney, longshot candidate releasing 12 years of tax returns

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Longshot Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger said he will release 12 years worth of his tax returns in front of the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy in Michigan on Thursday.

Karger’s stunt is apparently an effort to prod former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who released two years of his tax returns this week but is still facing calls to release older tax filings too. Romney’s father released 12 years of his tax returns when he ran for president in 1968.

“I completely agree with former Michigan Governor George Romney, who was the first presidential candidate to release 12 years of his federal tax returns when he ran for president in 1968,” Karger said.  “At the time, he said he released so many years of tax documents because one year was not enough. I will follow his lead.”

Karger plans to release his 2000 to 2010 federal tax returns plus his 2011 estimate at Adrian College on Thursday.

“I have always campaigned for truth and transparency in politics,” he said. “I am for full disclosure and I strongly urge the other five remaining Republican candidates for President to release at least 12 years of their tax returns.  So Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Buddy Roemer, you owe the American public full disclosure. It’s the right thing to do.”

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