Eliot Spitzer is again being accused of using a double standard, this time over his taxes. They come after his rival in the race for city comptroller is repeating his attacks and faulting the former governor for not setting a spending limit on his campaign. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
When Mitt Romney was refusing to release his income tax returns, one TV commentator demanded he open up.
That commentator? Eliot Spitzer.
"I want to see how hard you worked to minimize your own contribution," Spitzer said in 2012. "Game on, Mitt."
Now, candidate Eliot Spitzer is refusing to divulge his returns, and like Romney, Spitzer is being criticized.
"He clearly is following a different standard that he has called upon others, and he himself has even followed in the past," said Dick Dadey of Citizens Union. "And so it's a little curious as to why he's urged others to do that, and then also did it himself, but now, in this particular race, is not doing so."
Spitzer is letting people know how much money he made last year. He said it was an income of $4.3 million, and he said he paid more than $2 million in total taxes.
He is rebuffing requests to see where he invests, though.
"Eliot has released his aggregate gross income and the amounts he paid in Federal, State and City taxes. He will not be releasing the actual tax returns, as they contain income information about partnerships and other entities that is private," a spokeswoman said in a statement.
Additional information will be on a city conflicts of interest form that Spitzer still has not submitted. It was due last week, but he won't be fined unless he files past Thursday.
Rival Scott Stringer alerted NY1 to the TV clip.
"It's about the integrity you have and the ethics you have, and that is what this race is all about," Stringer said. "And for somebody to continue to not comply, not file disclosure forms, well, that doesn't bode well for a comptroller."
Stringer also faults Spitzer for self-financing his race, seemingly without a cap. Spitzer responded on the radio.
"Scott has been, my opponent's been rasing money for three or four years," Spitzer said on WWRL-AM. "He was raising money running for mayor and dropped down from the mayor's race to this race. He's been out there for years raising money. I got into this race last Sunday."
Stringer and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of about $218,000 last year.