January 30th, 2009
07:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Daschle taxes over car and driver in question

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/10/art.daschle.gi.jpg caption="Daschle is Obama's choice to be Health and Humans Services Secretary."] 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 who, according to sources, didn't pay taxes on a car and driver he had been loaned.

A Democratic source familiar with the situation told CNN Daschle was loaned a car and driver by a wealthy friend and failed to disclose it on his income taxes, as he should have.

Daschle has since paid what he owed, the source said.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that Daschle had brought the issues to the committee's attention himself and that President Barack Obama said is "confident" he will be confirmed.

- CNN's Dana Bash and Gloria Borger contributed to this report

Filed under: Tom Daschle
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Mike - Houston

    Again, ethics are questionable. Lobbyists are hired. Campaign promises forgotten in record time.

    Change We Can Believe In.

    January 30, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Dave in Illinois

    If you idiots would stop flaming and roaring about loaning a Pinto to your Grandson and read the story, you'd understand that what Daschele got was the use of a car and driver "loaned" TO HIM by a wealthy friend. To the IRS, that's just as taxable as the friend giving him the cash to buy that service.

    Once again, a politician who makes the rules deciding they don't apply to him until they get caught.

    January 30, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. amt

    This seems like such an almost nothing thing, I wish they would give the tax laws a make over some of them are just plain ridiculous.

    January 30, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Ula Nejad

    Clinton got his nominees thrown out for the same crime. What's up brother?

    January 30, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Rob

    Why is it the average guy ends up in jail and a politician gets off with no problem. We need some new laws. If a politician fails to pay taxes, they should be put out and never be allowed to run for any public office again. If they fail to do so after they leave office, their entire pension should be forfeited. They want to run for public office, then with all the perks they get, they should hold themselves to a higher standard.

    January 30, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. nclaw441

    Change you can believe in?

    Daschle, a loser from the 90s. Back again, with taxes owed. Keep in mind, now, it was over $100,000 in TAXES, not income. The income had to be in the $300K+ range. If this is excusable, forgive me, but I don't think this sort of thing would be viewed the same way by if it were a Republican. Sure, he will get the votes he needs to be confirmed. His democrat buddies will see to that.

    January 30, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. dems be dopes

    Nothing to see here, just another Dimocat evading taxes.

    Happens all the time, nothing to see here.........

    Change you can believe in......well maybe not

    January 30, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. Amy-Texas

    Apparently in an Obama administration you really don't have to pay your taxes. Stop trying to blame everything on Republicans when you democrats don't even bother to pay your taxes and just remember who got us into to this mess in the first place.....when you democrats took over 2 years ago the economy started failing miserably.

    January 30, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. ctmgandr

    We need to wake up America, when we can't find decent honest leaders to lead our country we are in trouble, I don't care if they are democrats or republicans most all of them are crooks, out to serve themselves and not the country, so what do WE do? If we are democrats (like a lot of you in this post) we make excuses for them, if the shoe is on the other foot (throw em out of office). We need to start holding our leaders accountable for their actions, not rewarding them for cheating on taxes and lying. It’s like raising children, (most) will do what ever you let them get away with. Its up to us to make a change. Stop making excuses for your crooks while you stand there with your hand out.

    January 30, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  10. SueB

    Apparently tax evasion is only a problem if you are GOP. This 100 grand isn't pocket change, and once again there's no mention of penalties being paid but at least it appears he paid interest. He wasn't loaned a car, as between a grandparent and grandchild. He hired a car and driver, no different then hiring a housekeeper or groundskeeper. Reminds me of a few years ago when it was learned that some GOP guy was writing checks on insufficient funds at some DC bank without any repurcussions. The press had a couple of field days about this, but the Dems doing the same thing started swarming out of the woodwork to add money to their accounts. Suddenly it wasn't such a big deal. There've been several occasions where the press has gone wild over a GOP who didn't pay taxes, mostly social security for hired help such as the case with Daschle, but then the Dems start to say oh my gosh I didn't either and suddenly it's all OK. Amazing how the call is to throw that guy/gal in jail if a GOP, but it's just an honest/little mistake or minor issue if a Dem.

    January 30, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. catmom

    Republicans have abused the system for the past eight years. Get over it people and get a grip. And, please don't act like Republicans are so honest and above board and never, ever do anything wrong.

    January 30, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. ???? Loans are taxable OMG

    Everyone – keep track of the value of that cup of sugar, that 8 oz. of milk, the value of the time of the loaned lawn mower or ladder – for you must pay taxes on it. If the politician has to pay taxes on loaned or borrowed items – if you expect that – then so must you expect to pay it yourself .
    Yes they should purchase their own like the rest of us, but then so should everyone purchase their own milk, sugar, ladder and whatever you deem to ask a neighbour or friend to loan you.

    January 30, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. A. Scott

    Everyone makes mistakes, it's the one's who do it over and over again, knowing what they are doing is wrong, are the one's we should be concerned about. That excludes the perfect people in the Republican party, who have this country so prosperous after the last eight years. Yeah Right!

    January 30, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. The Truth

    As usual, CNN is only giving us their typical liberal version. Daschle owed $100,000 in back taxes and, just like the last corrupt democrat, Geithner(I know, it's hard to keep track of all the crooks in Obama's administration), he suddenly "remembered" to pay up after he was nominated. Man, this clown show gets worse by the day.

    January 30, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Obama sets these new tough ethics rules and then immediately starts breaking them. I guess he's a 'do as I say, not as I do' President.

    Hey BB, this was turned up by the Dems during vetting. Why do you blame Republicans for your guys screwups?

    January 30, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Alan

    I am amused at how Obama supporters defend such hypocracy by their man. If this were a Bush appointee they would be having a fit.

    Regardless of party, don't you think we can do better than this. If someone cannot control their own financial affiars, what kind of leader will they be. We deserve better than this.

    This is not what Obama was elected for. Where's the Change we can "believe" in??

    Come on folks, let's hold him accountable!!!!

    January 30, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. PJinNC

    Hey – let's see if this one gets posted – screw CNN for your obviously biased viewpoints. I'd rather watch Barney on PBS for news than listen to your tripe.

    January 30, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Beth

    I am a Republican voter, and I even think that maybe THIS was a mistake. I don't think Geithner's ordeal was a mistake, and I have NEVER liked Daschle. However, he needs to be heard here.
    But I have to ask one thing- Libs, if Daschle were a Republican, would you be taking up for him, like you are now? Or would you want his head on a platter?

    January 30, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. a.w /California

    well it looks like the Repub's have pulled another rabbit out of their hats who the heck is this Steele ore shoul I say Steal! this is not a historical moment repeat..it's a nightmare so we can guess that the President was too much for them to handle so guess what...h.er.e.'s Johnny! I wonder how much is Mr.Steele igetting paid... to try and take the Presidents hope and concerns away from the American People?

    January 30, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  20. MONGO,,,,,,,,MONGO


    January 30, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  21. Fred

    Why should anybody pay their taxes ???? Obama sure knows how to send the right message out there !!! Especially to his young supporters !! This guy needs some help and fast !!

    January 30, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  22. ranjit


    Do you think, oversight of paying 30,000 each year, for the last 3 years is comparable to your loan to grandson? Timoty Geithner did the same thing. People who are supposed to uphold the laws are given the benefit of doubt in the name of innocent mistake. How is that a Republican issue? In fact, both the parties should stand up against this kind of individuals and appoint 100's of other nominees who follow the rules and pay taxes at the right time. If not, please define change?

    January 31, 2009 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. wow, Tom is taking some hits

    I always liked this guy, you bloggers are dumb

    January 31, 2009 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  24. Mulatta

    The Republicans are taking notes for 2012 - watch out Dems!

    January 31, 2009 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. Michael J. McMahon

    Even those who work for the IRS will tell you that even THEY don't know all the tax laws. With all the loopholes out their, its no wonder high ranking officials trip themselves up. Dashle TOLD the committee about the error and rectified the debt he owed prior to his hearing. Bottom line: Debt paid. Move on. Confirm the man!

    January 31, 2009 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
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