Today’s New York Times story on Daschle included a fact I hadn’t seen elsewhere:
At the same time, it became clear on Monday that Mr. Daschle was responsible for thousands of dollars in additional unpaid taxes related to his use of the car service, even after already paying $140,000 in taxes and interest. He has acknowledged that he owes Medicare taxes equal to 2.9 percent of the personal value of the car service he received from Leo Hindery Jr., a big Democratic donor and founder of a private equity firm to which Mr. Daschle was an adviser. Mr. Daschle’s failure to pay Medicare taxes on the income was discovered by the Finance Committee.
The Medicare program is, of course, run by the department Daschle wants to head.