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

Daschle taxes over car and driver in question

Daschle is Obama's choice to be Health and Humans Services Secretary.

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. Flo

    He should be confirmed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. BB

    Gosh – I loaned my grandson a car – should he be paying taxes for the favor? I paid for the car, and payments and interest and insurance and even "gave him money" sometimes for gasoline.

    How nit-picking are the Repukes going to be on their way down the toilet?

    January 30, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. TrueIndependent

    99.99999% of Americans would not even believe that you'd have to declare something like that in your taxes.

    January 30, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. Gary

    Daschle evading taxes...why should this surprise us, this is just part of the Democratic culture of corruption: Blagiovich bribes, Spitzer Prostitutes, Geitner tax evasion, Rangle tax evastion, Gov. McGreevy gay affair, Congressman Kennedy DUI, and how bout that democratic congressman with the $100,000 bribe in his freezer, or Clinton and the Mark Rich pardon. When will we learn that the Democrats are as corrupt as the Republicans, maybe even more! This government we have is sad, sad, sad.

    January 30, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Shawan


    way to go dems!

    Good ethics!!!

    January 30, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Simmy

    Did I miss something here? If he paid the taxes already, what is your problem? Which Republican is it this time? Stop the madness and get these people confirmed. This is the kind of stupid stuff that causes some to lose elections. 2010 is right around the corner.

    January 30, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. ACFX

    This guy was always a bum.

    January 30, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Independant Thinker

    Another crook like Geithner.

    Obama , CHANGE we can believe in.

    January 30, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. Jacque Bauer

    $100,000 in back taxes NOT PAID and interest, these Dem leaders Obama has selected are ALL crooks, one after another after another. But, whereas Bush sent them packing when anything as slight as hiring an undocumented baby sitter was found, the Dems use a different (and much lower) standard.

    I guess it's okay now to not pay any taxes unless and until you get caught. Just remember their line, "Ooops, I'm sorry, I just forgot." We've got lot's of precedence on our side now.

    January 30, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Oscar DeGrouch

    I have the solution:

    Abolish the income tax.

    January 30, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. SuperDuper

    Just the beginning of the unraveling. No party is without hypocrisy. When power is consolidated with one party it doesn't take long for the cracks to appear. We will have another close presidential race in 4 years.

    January 30, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. ranjit

    This is just an honest, innocent mistake. If you and me do that, it is federally prosecutable offense. So much for change? He is the third guy in three weeks to reveal his innocent mistake.

    January 30, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. jeff

    The dems were all over that guy Joe the Plumber for back taxes, and he was just a regular guy who has no influence in policy
    Shouldn't Daschle, Geitner, and anyone else who doesn't pay their taxes on time or not declare income be forced to resign from government.
    Or at te very least imprisoned for tax evasion

    January 30, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. mjm

    These democrats always seem to get out of paying taxes.

    Now I see why they want to raise taxes so much.

    They aren't the ones paying it.

    January 30, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Scott

    Just another non-paying democratic tax cheat, why is this news?

    January 30, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Bill_ MA

    Members of the house, and senate have lost touch with reality. Who in
    hell do you think you are? Buy your own car, and drive. The rest of us do. The whole bunch of you stink to high heaven. Most of you are complete failures.... both parties. This tax evasion is BS !!!

    January 30, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. Joshua Tree

    He is a member of the inner circle elite, at the top of the pyramid. He is not obligated to pay taxes.

    January 30, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. christine reynolds

    It does not matter whether Daschle paid taxes or not. Obama has to choose him to pay up.

    January 30, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. MMM

    If this were Republicans not paying taxes and abusing the system (Treasury Secretary and now Daschle) we would hang them from the City Walls. Why should we expect less from our new administration?

    January 30, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Failure of a professional to pay taxes properly is _not_ merely a mistake. They know or should knowthey have a duty to either learn the tax law sufficiently to file and pay all that is due or hire another professional to do it. No excuses.

    January 30, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Ronni

    OMG... I'm Shocked.There's something you don't hear every day.

    January 30, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. German,Irish American

    Gee, if Obama's corrupt Democrat cronies would pay their taxes like honest Americans do, we would have a surplus instead of the deficit. Tax cheats, lobbyists, employers of illegals, friends he helped put in power impeached, illegal relatives defying the law and living in taxpayer housing. Include the largest pork, a.k.a. stimulas, bill in the history of the United States. This is the "CHANGE" we were promised?

    January 30, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. Art

    Whoa...... I'm still figurrin' this one. Let's see if I have it right. Let's say that Joeseph Blow lets me borrow his 1973 Pinto wagon but on his insurance only Joseph and his brother Bubba is allowed to drive it. I tell Bubba that I'll pay for the gas and give him twenty for his time.


    That even sounds stupid to me.... A REPUBLICAN

    January 30, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. Annie the Democrat

    What the heck is going on with all these Democrats?

    They are starting to look worse than the Republicans..........aren't there any honest politicians anymore?

    January 30, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. Sue

    Obama's problem is that the most knowledgeable and qualified people for the Cabinet are human...they had jobs in the industries that gave them the needed knowledge. Is that a lobbyist? It certainly makes one wonder if it's possible to eliminate lobbyists at all.

    January 30, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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