Skip to comments.Here We Go Again (Obama Tax-evading appointee..)
Posted on 02/09/2009 8:43:49 AM PST by Nachum
Amazing. Yet another Obama appointee apparently has tax problems. Pardon me, usher, but I think Ive seen this movie before.
This time its White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. It appears that the former congressman found a handy way to save money. Most members of Congress find themselves having to support two households one in their home district, and one in or around DC. Some members, in the past, have ended up sharing apartments or town houses. Emanuel took that one step further: he moved into the home of his colleague, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), staying there for five years. Rent-free.
To most people, this is imputed income non-financial gifts or compensation that should be reported to the IRS. Emanuel and DeLauro defend their conduct by saying that House ethics rules permit hospitality between colleagues.
Apparently they are not familiar with the old aphorism that guests, like fish, start to smell after three days.
And no, there was no impropriety or hanky-panky going on. Representative DeLauro is happily married to one Stan Greenberg. Mr. Greenberg, by the way, is not a lobbyist. No, hes the next best thing in DC hes a pollster. And, by wild coincidence, Greenbergs polling company (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research) lists both Emanuel and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (which Emanuel headed) as clients.
Lets see a Democratic representative gets free housing from a pollster who enjoys some very lucrative contracts from both that representative and a very influential group said representative heads up? Why, Id never even suggest some kind of a quid pro quo arrangement.
All through his campaign, Obama and his surrogates touted his great judgment and his commitment to change and transparency. Yet more and more of his nominees keep getting exposed for their ethical lapses, especially in the area of doing their patriotic duty (as Vice President Biden puts it) and paying their fair share of taxes.
There are numerous explanations for this pattern of behavior, but heres a theory thats becoming less laughable: There simply arent enough Democrats who are both competent and honest to fill all the vacancies in Obamas administration
Scum the bunch of them.
Rahmbo, crooked? Say it ain’t so.
Guilty! And, just like the old Soviet NKVD, no picture necessary to convict.
bump...and what YOU said!
Honestly, I can’t say this is a big deal. The guy is already paying taxes on one house (presumably), he’s got to pay more taxes on another? I suppose it would be far less egregious if he wasn’t pushing for higher taxes on all of us to support their socialism, but I imagine if I were in his place I might be tempted to do the same.
Please, please, PLEASE - NO PICTURES of Rosa DiLauro.
The only Change Obama has brought to DC is now the corruption is bigger and bolder.
First president not to attend The Inaugural Medal of Honor Ball
5 exectutive orders the first week in office. Including
* -allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States.
* - Scrapping the Mexico City Policy that protected taxpayers from involvement in overseas abortions for eight years. Obama will send hundreds of millions of dollars to groups that aggressively promote abortions on a worldwide scale.
First interview, with foreign news outlet- for Muslims
Talks about his muslim family
Picks fight with Limbaugh
Won't take question from press
Allows to FDA approve first human embryonic stem cell safety trial (3 days after Pres. Bush left)
Excludes any compromise with GOP on Stimulus bill Massive pork in stimulus bill
5% of stimulus bill to actually go to infrastructure
Offers to negotiate directly with Iran
Puts 5 millionairs on his cabinet
Makes a tax cheat the Sec. of the Treasury
Argues with the Pope on abortion
Signed the SCHIP bill, that gives health care to illegals
Won't allow a video of his retaking of the oath of office
Ordered the closure of Gitmo
Halts all pending Bush regulations
Appoints extremist Samantha Powers to head foreign policy team
Secret nuke talks with Iran/Syria
Appoints tax cheat for commerce secretary
Illegal alien aunt, granted a "stay" of deportation Daschle the tax cheat/lobbiest proposed as secretary for health care
Nancy Killefer for candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for federal government fails to pay household help taxes ...withdrawn
Obama brings the U.S. Census Bureau under White House jurisdiction under protest from Republican lawmakers
12 lobbyists (or more) appointed to high gov't positions within the first 14 days of his administration (up to 17 by another source)
Administration demands defense cuts of 10% during wartime
Obama envoy George Mitchell tells Palistinians " they believe can extract from Israel concessions reaching "much further" than during talks held under the previous administration
The European Union warns the US yesterday against plunging the world into depression by adopting Obama's Buy American policy, intensifying fears of a trade war Obama immediately backs down from policy
After stating her priority would be "mum-in-chief", Michelle Obama goes on listening tour and then makes political speeches with her husband not yet one month in office...
George Mitchell resigns from a Saudi Lobbying firm, two weeks into his appointment as "Special Middle East Envoy"
Obama administration says it will cancel 77 drilling leases near Utah parks
Ogden, President Obama's pick for deputy attorney general, used to represent Playboy
Steven Chu, Obama's secretary of energy (not a climatologist) states: California's farms and vineyards could vanish by the end of the century, and its major cities could be in jeopardy, if Americans do not act to slow the advance of global warming
Obama names most fined Washington State bureaucrat Ron Simms to the #2 position in HUD
Hilda Solis, Obama's pick for labor secretary's husband is found to be a tax cheat just before the confirmation vote
Directed military prosecutors to revoked charges pending against mastermind of USS Cole bombing: Al Nashiri
Adding insult to injury: speaks to families of USS Cole dead, after decision to free Al Nashiri- not before
Third week in office
Obama changes the setup of the National Security Councel by executive order
Shauna Daly, professional dirt digger hired as White House councel research director
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got free housing from House rep (D) Rosa DeLauro for 5 years . DeLauro is married to Stan Greenberg; a pollster (Quinlin Rosner Research) with lucrative contracts from both that representatives.
Maybe Rahm had an affair with DeLauro, and is that ever a disgusting thought.
I think I am going to start sending and IOU to the government.
“The List” ping
... so if a Boy Scout helps an old lady across the street, should she report as income the cost of hiring a guide to preform the same task for her as the Scout provided free of charge?
you got to watch this, remember Obama and McCain supported this behavior, the stupidity of it alll and it’s happening again.
Rep. Kanjorski: $550 Billion Disappeared in “Electronic Run On the Banks”
Some Democrat Pigz are morez equals than other pigz....
Taxes are for LITLLE PEOPLE to pay, not important Democrats. HOW DARE YOU even bring up such a thing!!
I shall have to report you to the Thought Police now....
Well, I'm certainly no expert here, just another small business taxpayer. My guess is that the IRS would rule that the value of the housing is income to Emanuel.
I would also imagine that both Emanuel and DeLauro know this.
Hmmm.... Emanuel, a highly placed Representative and chair of the DNC. They have dozens of pollsters to choose from. They use one only, giving that pollster millions of dollars over the years. And that pollster lets you live in his house for free for five years.
OK, I’m sure there would be no problem at your office if you were in charge of selecting, hiring, and firing the PR company you use. And by the way, the person you use also happens to let you live in their house for free for half a decade.
No, there’s NO hint of impropriety at all! No hint of financial kickback. None whatsoever...
Rahm's home in Chicago is not on the tax roles either. It is owned by a not for profit "foundation" and he pays rent.
So.... when do “we the people” rise up in revolt?
There is a difference between zionism and judism. Zionist claim judism yet the jews against zionism don’t. Look up Rev 2:9 and Rev 3:9 and you will see that there are those that claim they are jews and are not. Money is the sword in this battle and we are being played like a fiddle.
The point is that legislators that live the dual-state life pay for taxes in both states. Granted while in DC some obviously rent and pay taxes through embedded fees the landlord eventually pays out. Yet the reps that buy permanent homes seem to make an investment that they will not be leaving even if booted out of office - they just become lobbyists.
Emmanuel is avoiding any taxes/fees by living with a "bud" and yet he could very well be paying his "bud" half the rent which would seem to be all fine and good and yet Emmanuel doesn't declare such an arrangement. Seems to me he is gaming the system by avoiding any residency costs that others are required to pay while at the same time seeming to be having potential conflicts of interest with the very people he is living with.
By the way I agree that this shouldn't be an issue as far as the residency requirement goes but the fact is it is the law and so Emmanuel should not be able to flaunt it.
Can you imagine the spawn that union would produce? We could have a new horror movie: Rosa’s Baby.
5 years at $1400 a month is $84,000 in untaxed income. That’s a big deal to the tune of around $18,000 in taxes he owes.
That’s just a rough estimate.
I think I also read somewhere that the house Rahm lives in in his home district is owned by a charitable corporation, The Rahm and (Mrs.?) Emmanuel Foundation. So, no property taxes, either.
However, the free use of lodging from an employer is excluded from gross income under Section 119 if the lodging is for the employer's convenience and the employee is required to accept the lodging as a condition of emplpyment.
It would not be a gift if the free rent were payment for something. For example, if a person said, if you overhaul my car, you can have free rent for six months, the fair market value of the free rent would be included in gross income under Section 61(a) as payment for the overhaul services rendered.
That is a long list. It would be great to add links to these.
I am eventually going to attempt to do that. I am hoping to have a website up with the list and links. It will become much to long to post at FR.
I wonder if he pays market value?
-Or, for example if it were payment for say... millions of dollars worth of polling business by... oh maybe... the Democratic party, ACORN, and a certain candidate running for national office.
Nachum: This list is great! Where did you get it ?Good job! Gill
I began to compile the list on the first days in office. There was so much of this during Klinton, that I wanted to keep a running tab on the new president from day one.
No, there is no monetary value to crossing the street.
You missed the cost of hiring someone for mobilty assistance.
Thanks Nachum! This is mind blowing and only three weeks!! Please keep it up, maybe America will wake up before it is too late. Gill
I agree. This is no different than Daschle getting a car and driver to use. Rahm is getting a house to use.
We need to be careful about this “imputed income”.
There was some talk in Congress (clearly a pro-union thug idea) that if you did labor in your own home, it was “imputed income” because you wouldn’t be paying for that labor to be done by someone else. Yes, the twisted mind of a liberal.