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Secretive Obama Hits Romney on Secrecy



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The message of the day from the Obama campaign is that Mitt Romney is too secretive to be trusted with the Oval Office.

Setting the wayback machine to September 12, 2008:

Obama Wants To Make ‘Lack of Disclosure’ an Issue

The Obama campaign wants to make an issue of secrecy and lack of disclosure . . .

Just to review, the public cannot get access to paperwork related to grants to distributed by then-state-legislator Obama (records from 1997 to 2000 aren’t available); his state legislative office records (which he says may have been thrown out); he refuses to release a specific list of law clients, instead giving a list of all of his firm’s clients, numbering several hundred each year; he won’t release his application to the state bar (where critics wonder if he lied in responding to questions about parking tickets and past drug use); he’s never released any legal or billing records to verify that he only did a few hours of work for a nonprofit tied to convicted donor Rezko; and he’s never released any medical records, just a one-page letter from his doctor.

Then there was the effort against Stanley Kurtz for his effort to examine documents relating to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, where William Ayers hired Obama to be board chairman.

Oh, and Biden has released his earmark requests for one year out of his 36 in the Senate.

But other than that, these guys are open books.


Tags: Barack Obama , Mitt Romney


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