Daschle’s Financials Show $5 Million In Two Years…Without Lobbying

February 1, 2009

Washington D.C (ChattahBox) – Thomas A. Daschle has had his financial details released, explaining how he managed to make $5 million within two years, without becoming a lobbyist.

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.”


4 Responses to “Daschle’s Financials Show $5 Million In Two Years…Without Lobbying”

  1. ghost on February 1st, 2009 1:28 pm

    Is this really the kind of insider Obama campaigned against? Obama made a fortune writing books that only sold because he had a Senate seat and could possibly become president. I don’t believe he’s ashamed of that. This is much different than becoming a lobbyist, where you become the mouthpiece of another person or corporation.

  2. Kap on February 1st, 2009 5:40 pm

    Wow. Daschle’s brilliance is worth a couple hundred thousand a month. That’s more than a dollar a month for every vote he garnered in his losing election.

  3. Don on February 2nd, 2009 8:35 am

    Now, can’t you understand what Blago was saying. He just wanted a small fraction of what the fat cats of DC get– $14 million in two years like Emanuel got from an investment banker handling utilitiy mergers, $5 million like Daschle got for “non-lobbying” Indians, hospital companies, insurers, Mayo Clinic, or 500,000 bonus Gaither got from New York fed for his work during the last two years that just happened to correspond with the biggest bank failures since the depression. If we were China, Gaithner would be sentenced to death.

  4. olivia on February 2nd, 2009 10:32 am

    If we were China, Don, we would be living in a country that now boasts a citizen’s suicide once every two minutes.

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