07/27/2012 01:49 pm ET Updated Jul 27, 2012

Kirsten Gillibrand Puts Tax Returns Online

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) doesn't mention Mitt Romney and his undisclosed tax returns, but she doesn't have to with her latest transparency initiative: posting her state and federal tax returns online.

Gillibrand has made a point of publicizing her legislative funding requests and schedules on her website, and led the push this year to pass the Stock Act to curb potential insider trading by lawmakers. In announcing the new step, she said all that was "leading by example" and that constituents "deserve to know their interests are my only interests. I will always look for new ways to further my commitment to transparency.”

While it never mentions Romney, Gillibrand's statement explaining the tax rates she has paid includes a link to a Tax Foundation article headlined "Romney's Tax Returns and Effective Tax Rates of the Rich."

In this year's election, Gillibrand faces Republican Wendy Long, a legal adviser to Romney who recently called on Gillibrand to release her tax returns. Long balked, however, at saying Romney should release more of his returns, according to Long Island's Newsday.

Long also has not released her own financial disclosures or tax returns.