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The financial disclosure form Daschle filed about a week ago also shows that he made more than $200,000 in the past two years speaking to members of the industry that President Obama wants him to reform.
The speaking fees were just a portion of the more than $5.2 million the former South Dakota senator earned over the past two years as he advised health insurers and hospitals and worked in other industries such as energy and telecommunications, according to a financial statement filed with the Office of Government Ethics.
Among the health care interest groups paying Daschle for speeches were America's Health Insurance Plans, $40,000 for two speeches; CSL Behring, $30,000; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, $16,000; and the Principal Life Insurance Co., $15,000.
Obama has said that no one in his administration who has lobbied on a set of issues within the past two years can deal with the same subject matter. The president has already approved a few exceptions. Daschle is not a registered lobbyist but he worked at a lobbying firm.
Daschle said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services ethics office that if he's confirmed by the Senate, he will resign as a senior policy adviser at the Washington law firm of Alston & Bird LLP. He reported earnings of more than $2 million from that firm during the past two years.
Daschle also earned more than $2 million in consulting fees from InterMedia Advisors LLC of New York, an investment firm specializing in buyouts and industry consolidation. He said he also intends to resign from that firm upon his confirmation.
Originally posted by MemoryShock
reply to post by sos37
If respect needs to be earned (which I agree with wholeheartedly) then shouldn't that also apply to disrespect?
Your avatar demonstrates a contradiction; a hypocrisy on your part.
There is no reason to respect or disrespect the current President as he has yet to earn either and your 'demonizing' his character seems to be born of a partisan impression that hasn't been substantiated.
And before you start going on the predicted tangent that there are a few contentious opinions held by Obama and even perhaps a few contentious policies in his first few days, consider that every Administration has had issues and scandals.
Guess the earning bit should only apply to the opposing party.
Excuse me for the slight detour Off Topic and I urge that the thread return to its' regularly scheduled discussion, "Yet another Obama Cabinet pick, Tom Daschle, in hot water for not paying his Taxes."
Originally posted by Texcin
“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ” Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507
Ole Toms just another tax cheat.
Another do as I say , not as I do, should be Obamas new catch phrase. This administrations a joke already.
No wonder our nation is going down the hill, and still we just seat here in our homes and with our computers and just post how outraged we are.