Moseley Braun avoids talking about personal finances

January 7, 2011

(WBEZ/Tony Arnold)
Carol Moseley Braun greets CTA commuters on Chicago's North Side neighborhood.

Chicago mayoral hopeful Carol Moseley Braun is continuing to avoid questions about her finances. The former U.S. Senator testily told reporters she's already said what she has to say about her personal finances.

"You've got the returns," she said. "You know, there's no more drilling down on this."

This week, Moseley Braun made public the first two pages of her federal income taxes dating back to 2006. In talking with reporters, she referred to a statement issued earlier this week which said she's in a fight to keep her small organic foods business up and running.

Her tax returns show she has had a negative income of hundreds of thousands of dollars over recent years. But because she didn't make public attachments that go along with her taxes, it's not clear how Moseley Braun is getting by. When a reporter asked a follow-up question related to her finances, a campaign aide interrupted.

"OK. Thank you," the aide said.

"No, no. We're not done yet," the reporter said.

The aide said, "No. I'm done. And she's done."

The three other major candidates running for Chicago mayor, Gery Chico, Miguel Del Valle and Rahm Emanuel, have made their personal finances public.