Daschle’s Financials Show $5 Million In Two Years…Without Lobbying
February 1, 2009
The measure to release his financial documents was made after the Obama pick for Health and Human Services admitted to the president that he had not paid taxes on a chauffeur service he had received from an executive he did lectures for.
He claimed that he had not thought much about the tax issue, assuming his accountant had been taking care of it, and so when he found out she hadn’t, had requested the full amount to pay. He was stunned when he was that it exceeded $100,000.
While Obama seemed to believe this story, as did many (after all, Daschle paid his other taxes), he felt that looking into his pick’s finances would be prudent.
“The president believes nobody’s perfect but that nobody’s hiding anything,” press secretary Robert Gibbs, told reporters in an official statement to reporters.
According to the Office of Government Ethics, Daschle has been making millions by traveling across the country, holding seminars and lectures, as well as private advice, to insurance companies, healthcare facilities, real estate agents, energy firms, and other large corporations.
“Daschle is the quintessential Washington story. You leave a powerful position, and you leverage it to make a fortune,” Melanie Sloan, the director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, explained.
“It would be hard for Obama to fill his administration without ever turning to someone like that. That said, these are the kind of Washington insiders that Obama campaigned against.”