A new TV ad from U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL,10) attacks his Democratic challenger Brad Schneider for not releasing his household tax returns.
The TV spot begins with a clip of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee, on Meet the Press.
"If you've got someone who's afraid to release his tax returns, I think that's a big problem," Clinton says in the clip, referring to Republican Donald Trump.
A narrator in the Dold ad goes on to say, "Brad Schneider doesn't think so. Schneider refuses to release his household tax returns to the public."
Here is the ad:
"Unlike Bob Dold, who has released his household tax returns dating back to 2009 (the year before he first ran for Congress), Schneider has consistently refused calls from the public, the press and even his own party to meet this basic standard of transparency by releasing all of his household tax returns dating back to 2011," the Dold campaign added in a press release. "Instead, Schneider has effectively said that his tax returns are none of the public's business--citing 'privacy' concerns and offering only vague financial disclosure documents required by federal election law."
The Schneider campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.
Dold is up against former congressman Schneider for the third time, and the race is considered to be a tossup, according to Roll Call.
(UPDATE 6:12 p.m.): In a statement to Progress Illinois, the Schneider campaign points out that Schneider has released his individual tax returns for 2013 and that his 2014 returns are also available. Schneider plans to release his 2015 individual tax returns as soon as they are filed.
"Republican Bob Dold is down in the polls and so he is resorting to attacking Brad's wife to misrepresent Brad's record and get ahead," Schneider spokesperson Magen Ryan said. "Brad released his taxes while serving in Congress and will be releasing his taxes again this year. Republican Bob Dold is desperately attacking Brad's wife to deflect attention from his own record, including voting more than 20 times to keep common sense gun safety legislation from coming to a vote. The voters of Illinois are smarter than this and deserve a campaign about the issues, instead of Bob Dold's repeated personal attacks and lies."
Schneider has previously noted that he filed his taxes separately from his wife, who is employed full-time, "so that she can be allowed her privacy."
"All of the information on investments held jointly by me and my wife are fully disclosed and available through the public financial disclosures filed with the House Committee on Ethics," Schneider said in a Q & A he released in 2014 "explaining Dold's attack on Brad's wife."
"I am more than happy to debate Bob Dold on the issues, any issue, but I'm appalled by his repeated attacks on my wife and family," Schneider said in a statement Tuesday.