Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After the Post-Dispatch Asks, Senate Candidates Reveal Tax Returns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After the Post-Dispatch Asks, Senate Candidates Reveal Tax Returns

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JEFFERSON CITY - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican rival, Attorney General Josh Hawley, released their tax returns Wednesday.

McCaskill, a Democrat, reported an adjusted gross income of $266,096 in 2017, according to a copy of her federal tax return.

Hawley, who filed jointly with his wife, Erin, reported an adjusted gross income of $295,925. He reported earning $130,749, while his wife reported $165,587.

The release of the reports came a day after the Post-Dispatch reported that the candidates had been silent on whether they would make their returns public.

According to McCaskill's return, she reported her $174,000 salary as a member of the Senate. She also received $85,521 from pensions and annuities and received a refund of $9,337.

The bulk of Hawley's income came from his attorney general salary of $116,000.

In comments Tuesday in Columbia, McCaskill addressed the issue of not previously signaling her taxes would be released.

"Yeah, I have always released my personal tax returns and I'm sure we will," McCaskill told an audience during a stop in Columbia. "I have in every election I've run in."

There are no state or national requirements for people seeking office to release tax returns. But it has become a commonplace move for transparency in presidential campaigns, except for Republican Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign for president.

Hawley, who is being backed by Trump, would not criticize the president for keeping his returns secret.

"He ran. He won," Hawley said. "President Trump has been elected. He won in the state by 20 points."

But he said McCaskill should release more than the two pages of her individual return. Hawley released 60 pages, including schedules and deductions.

"What is she going to do? Is she going to level with the voters," Hawley said.

McCaskill is listed by Roll Call as the 24th-wealthiest member of Congress, with an estimated net worth of almost $27 million -- and the wealthiest member who faces a tough campaign fight this fall. …

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