Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Mitt Romney's Refusal to Release Tax Return Statements

Taking a page from failed 2010 Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's playbook, Mitt Romney has only released his 2010 tax returns to the American public, while instead providing an estimate for 2011.
 
We would expect nothing less from Romney, who has displayed time and again he believes there's one set of rules for the 1% and a different set of rules for the rest of America.
 
President Obama released eight years of his own tax returns when he ran in 2008 and Romney himself privately released twenty-three years of his tax returns to John McCain's campaign when he was then being considered as a Vice Presidential choice.
 
Most Americans don't benefit from the same tax loopholes that allow Romney, whose net worth is estimated to reach well north of $200 million, to pay a lower tax rate than most middle class families.
 
We understand keeping track of all the offshore accounts that Romney possesses makes for difficult accounting work, but he owes it to the American public to come clean and let us know if he's been taking unusual steps to avoid paying his fair share of taxes.

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