Akin, McCaskill campaign spar over tax returns

Oct 11, 2012

Republican challenger Todd Akin wants Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill to release her husband's income tax returns, even though Akin hasn't released his own.

Akin said Wednesday that the Democratic incumbent should release the tax returns of her husband, Joseph Shepard, to prove the family didn't personally profit from nearly $40 million of federal housing subsidies paid to businesses affiliated with Shepard. Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Akin won't release his own tax documents unless Shepard does first.

McCaskill's financial disclosure reports show Shepard received between $400,000 and $2.6 million of income from businesses that received federal payments between 2007 and 2011. But McCaskill's campaign says none of that income stemmed from the federal money.

McCaskill and Shepard file separate tax returns. She previously released her own tax returns.