AFL-CIO super-PAC gets behind Reid in Romney tax fight

The AFL-CIO’s super-PAC plans to back Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) call for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns.

Workers’ Voice will release an online petition on Monday that union and non-union workers can sign that will support Reid and call on Romney to disclose additional tax records. The super-PAC plans to continue targeting Romney over his tax returns, along with their attacks on the former Massachusetts governor’s record at private-equity firm Bain Capital, according to a spokesman for the group.

The Nevada AFL-CIO on Monday will also release a statement from Danny Thompson, their executive secretary-treasurer, in support of Reid, according to the Workers’ Voice spokesman.

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“Our members pay their fair share every day — Romney could learn what it really means to support your country from their leadership example. If Romney paid taxes, then let's see it. If he didn't, then he doesn't meet the leadership qualities required by our members to win Nevada in November,” Thompson said in the statement.

Last week, Reid went after Romney for not releasing more of his tax returns. The GOP contender has only disclosed his 2010 tax return and an estimate of his 2011 taxes so far.

The Democratic leader has said that Romney is hiding important information from American voters and that he should release several years’ worth of tax returns, following the example of past presidential candidates from both parties. Further, Reid has said that “an extremely credible source” told him that Romney has not paid taxes for 10 years.

Reid’s charges have led to a backlash from Republicans. 

Romney said Thursday that Reid needed to "put up or shut up," and accused the White House of being behind the allegation.

On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on CNN’s State of the Union that he thought Reid is “making things up,” while Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he wasn’t going to respond to “a dirty liar” when asked about Reid’s claims on ABC’s This Week.