Rick Santorum’s Recently Released Tax Returns Show Increase In Wealth

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Rick Santorum’s popularity at the polls may have only risen recently, but federal income tax returns for the past four years show a steady rise in the Republican presidential candidate’s personal wealth before earnings slipped in 2010.

Santorum’s returns show his federal income taxes rose from 2007, when he paid $167,000, to $310,000 in 2009, then dropped to $263,000 in 2010. During that same period, his annual income surged from nearly $660,000 in 2007 to $1.1 million in 2009 before slipping to $923,000 in 2010.

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Santorum has sold himself as a Washington outsider and social conservative. After he lost a bid for re-election as a senator from Pennsylvania in 2006, he became a millionaire by capitalizing on his D.C. political connections, working as a corporate consultant and media commentator.

The returns were first made available Wednesday night by Politico.

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