January 31st, 2009
11:20 AM ET
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Committee to review Daschle taxes

Former Sen. Tom Daschle answers questions during a confirmation hearing January 8.

Former Sen. Tom Daschle answers questions during a confirmation hearing January 8.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Finance committee will meet Monday to review the tax records of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President Obama's nominee for secretary of health and human services.

According to a committee memo obtained Friday by CNN, the group's concerns include the use of a limousine and driver that Daschle didn't disclose on his income taxes and nonpayment of taxes on more than $80,000 he earned in consulting fees after leaving the senate.

Daschle also apparently once filed a tax form listing charitable donations to organizations that did not qualify for a deduction, according to the memo.

A Democratic source told CNN that Daschle has since paid what he owed. None of the tax issues appeared to have occurred while he was serving in the senate.

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  1. WIlly Brown

    Another tax cheating democrat in #44 cabinet. So what else is new.

    January 31, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |


    January 31, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Tom in S.A.

    He'll fit right in with Obama's team because it's okay for a Dem to do these things as long as they have taken care of it once they know they might get a new position.

    January 31, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Connie from Indiana

    I am a huge supporter of President Obama, but I am sorry he is putting tax evaders and lobbyist in his administration right at the starting gate.I have no respect for Geitherner or Daschle .Paying up once the crime has been uncovered, still does not make the crime any lesser. If they had not been nominated for a cabinet position they would not have payed up. At least Bill Richardson did the honorable thing and withdrew.My faith in President Obama is a little bit shaky now.

    January 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. gary in OK

    Just another former member of congress that has decided to pay the taxes he owed so he can get another government job.

    If we could create enough new government jobs for all these former non-tax paying members (since it seems to be the requirement to pay your back taxes before you get the new job) it could be untold millions of dollars generated for the government.

    January 31, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Penn Voter

    What part of "pay taxes like everyone else" do these Democrats not understand? Do we need to go back and review Obama's tax records? Obviously he does not have a problem with placing tax evaders on his cabinet?

    January 31, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. legal in nc

    Daschle made nearly $5.3 million in the last two years, records released Friday show, including $220,000 he received for giving speeches, many of them to outfits that stand to gain or lose millions of dollars from the work he would do once confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services.

    Daschle this month paid more than $100,000 in back taxes and filed amended tax returns.

    Just another example of the vetting process of the "change" administration. Corruption overflowing in the new cabinet is something that will deemed an honest mistake, Daschle is the ONLY PERSON for this job.

    What a bunch of crooks in this new administration!

    January 31, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Tom

    I'm sorry, but this is simply inexcusable. The citizens of this country have a right to expect leadership to conform to a higher standard.

    Making it "right" after being caught is no substitute for doing the right thing originally. Daschle is no dummy. He knows the difference. And if it weren't for this appointment he would have gotten away with it.

    The appearance of wrong doing now makes brings suspicion on everything that comes after the appointment. What kind of underhanded deals will he be involved with then? Will he be acting in the country's best interest? Or his own?

    There are way too many slicksters running around loose in government already. When one is uncovered, he needs to go.

    January 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. david

    daschle should do the honorable thing and withdraw his name just as richardson did a while ago. geithner should have withdrawn as well but obviously he is a dishonorable man.

    January 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Suzi

    I wonder if Daschle does his own taxes? He probably hired an expert. I worked for a tax firm for awhile and tax accountants have their own theories about IRS regulations and how to fill out a tax form. It's not all cut and dried. While we are responsible for our tax returns it's certainly easy to miss something like this in a complicated return when it is filed. He corrected the mistake. Tax returns are amended all the time.

    I'm not concerned about something personal like this. He's not subverting the government or the constitution. He's not siphoning money out of our pockets for his rich cronies.

    You're not going to find someone who never had a blip in his or her life - you look at the situation and see if it affects their ability to do their job - whether the problem is one of character or from their actions. It's a matter of perspective that happens when any job is filled.

    What we want in this country are politicians who are concerned about the average American. Daschle has worked his adult life for causes that makes life better for us. That's why President Obama chose him.

    January 31, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Simmy

    Leave former Sen. Daschle alone! Did you release this story to publicly humiliate him? Other than that, there's no reason for this story. If he paid the money already, let sleeping dogs lie. Get together and figure out a way to heal the economy, since you're so fixated on opm. In addition, if your Finance Cmte. is not focused on how to heal the finances of this country, none of you deserve those positions.

    January 31, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. aware

    Sure he paid when he wanted to be secretary of health and human services.

    Obama still chooses a corrupt bunch of guys! 😦

    January 31, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I've always had a certain level of respect for Tom Daschle. But he cannot allow his tax issues to tarnish Obama's cabinet. He must withdraw himself from the process, before he becomes a distraction. The administration has too many distractions as it is. Bill Richardson proved he was a man of integrity when he withdrew from his own nomination process when the first allegations of impropriety surfaced. Tom Daschle must now demonstrate the same level of integrity.

    Too bad Hillary Clinton could not have followed Richardson's lead. He would have been a far superior candidate for Secretary of State.

    January 31, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. The Truth

    Is Obumbler picking his cabinet from the FBI's ten most wanted list?

    What a bunch of crooks but then again, this is what happens when you elect a corrupt community organizer as president.

    January 31, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    This guy was a non-lawyer lobbyist at a K Street law firm and he cannot claim any "mistake" in not paying proper taxes. He certainly knew of his duty to either learn the tax law or hire someone who did. No excuses. No job.

    January 31, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. CMG

    Tom: As a fellow South Dakotan, I am very disappointed.

    January 31, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. tim

    To the man who is the master of faux outrage, I aim my real outrage at you and your kind. Don't show your face in my neighborhood, it's too ugly for me to look at.

    January 31, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. karen hardtke

    Tom Daschle is perhaps one of the most superb democratic
    U. S senators the people sent to the United States Senate in the past twenty years. He made an honest mistake not paying taxes on a barrowed car. He was such a bane to the republican party that they threw demagogue tactics at Daschle during his political campaign in 2004.

    Since Reagan became president the republicans have become totally
    partisan and more and more irresponsible: taxes, user fees etc were absorbed. services paid by the people, road repairs, school costs stayed stationary while school costs escalated. Health care escalated.

    Many physicians charged exhorbinate fees without concern for patient costs.

    January 31, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Dawn

    Well we all make mistakes, I guess having money can get away with thing, you tell me how many people who do not have to work a day in their lives, get in trouble?

    January 31, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Larry

    Why is Obama surrounding himself with people that are less than honest ???Why do we have to keep overlooking criminal acts.Surely there are a few good people left in our country,we don't have to nor should we keep digging at the bottom of the barrel for these important jobs.

    January 31, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. JoeC

    Let's get the story straight, Daschle could'nt win his election in South Dakota so he was asked to leave by his constituents. South Dakota knows him better than the rest of us so let's abide by their wish and leave him out of gov't. We don't need another tax cheat in this administration.

    January 31, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Slider

    Fox investigating the chicken coop.

    Daschle should have been rung up years ago with the shenanigans he and his wife pulled.

    Change we can believe in.

    What a joke.

    January 31, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Barack wins and America collectively loses.

    Careless oversight. I think he should lead us in the destruction of our healthcare system. He is the man!!

    January 31, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Barack wins and America collectively loses.

    Careless oversight. I think he should lead us in the destruction of our healthcare system.

    He is the man!!

    January 31, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    I have respect and appreciation for people that are openly imperfect as long as they are qualified individuals for their specific role!

    January 31, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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