In the ongoing saga of Mitt Romney's tax returns - or a lack thereof - a salvo is being fired by Hustler magazine publisher, Larry Flynt. A self-proclaimed 'free speech activist', Flynt is offering one million bucks for the returns.
According to the report in AdWeek Flynt has taken out a full page ad in two major American newspapers, The Washington Post and USA Today. The Post ad is out today (Sunday) while the USA Today ad will run Tuesday.
The 69-year-old Flynt is pledging to keep secret the name of anyone who might be able to give him the lowdown on Romney's taxes. His ads say he's looking for “unreleased tax returns and/or details of his offshore assets, bank accounts and business partnerships." He'll need documented proof that what he's given is what it purports to be before paying "up to a $1 million" for it.
Romney has released only parts of two years of taxes, 2010 and 2011, with more from 2011 to be released Oct. 15. There have been calls for him to match the 8 years of returns President Barack Obama released in 2008. Some feel the reason Romney is refusing to release more tax years is either because he is hiding something, such as years in which he paid little or no taxes, or because the returns prove his statements about his time at Bain Capital are false. Or a combination of both.
Flynt is an outspoken critic of Romney and the GOP.