While Romney Is Poked, Tax Forms Are Tricky for Democrats, Too

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the University of Chicago, March 19, 2012, left, and President Barack Obama in Osawatomie, Kan., Dec. 6, 2011.

When it comes to releasing tax forms, the issue du jour, Democrats have coordinated a campaign to embarrass Mitt Romney, who has refused to disclose more than one year of his taxes.

Some of the Democrats participating in the campaign, though, haven't released their own tax forms either. Others have, and at least one says he would do so if he were asked to.

None of them are required to, of course, and it's not routine for officials at the congressional and local level to do so.

Romney isn't required to either, but most presidential candidates since his father in 1968 have provided years of tax records.

ABC News reached out to the Democrats who have launched the tax offensive against Romney to ask about disclosing their own taxes; here's who has and who hasn't.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden
Job: President and vice president
What They Said About Romney: "What's important, if you are running for president, is that the American people know who you are what you've done and that you're an open book." (Obama) "Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his." (Biden)
Tax Status: Released

Obama and Biden have made public 12 years of tax returns, a feat that their campaign says Romney should match.

"There are two people running for President and only one of them, Mitt Romney, is flouting decades of precedent by refusing to release multiple years of tax returns," Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Melanie Roussell said in a statement. "Until he releases additional years of his returns, the American people can't know why he invested in offshore tax havens like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands -- either he was betting against the American dollar to avoid paying U.S. taxes or he has something to hide. As a presidential candidate, he needs to tell the American people which one it is."

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Job: Chairwoman of the DNC
What She Said About Romney: "Why does an American businessman need a Swiss bank account and secretive investments like that?"
Tax Status: Not released

Wasserman Schultz was asked Monday night by a reporter in Boston whether it's appropriate for her to get on Romney's case when she hasn't made her forms public.

"I'm not running for president. Mitt Romney is running for president," she said. "I file full financial disclosure required under the law."

Under that reasoning, Romney would have a case, too. Romney has broken no laws (that we know of) and has released a year of his tax returns -- far short of the precedent set by his father, sure, but one year more than required.

The DNC says Wasserman Schultz's answer hasn't changed since Monday.

Robert Gibbs
Job: Adviser to Obama, ex-White House press secretary
What He Said About Romney: "The American people deserve to know if he's sheltering this money somewhere, or quite frankly, if he's not paying the taxes he owes, and the only way to do that is to release more tax returns."
Tax Status: Not released

Gibbs didn't respond to an email seeking a response.

Dick Durbin
Job: No. 2 Democrat in the Senate
What He Said About Romney: "It's the least amount of disclosure of any presidential candidate of either political party in the last 36 years."
Tax Status: Released

Durbin releases his returns every year and has authored a bill that would require federal workers, members of Congress and candidates to disclose money held in places considered tax havens.

"Senator Durbin has always insisted on transparency and openness and that's why he discloses more about his personal financial information than is required by the United States Senate," Max Gleischman, Durbin's communications director, said in a statement. "His forms list the exact amount of his assets, his yearly tax returns and a full accounting of his holdings."

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