Daschle Plugged Sugar Daddy for White House Job

Mogul Hindery employed former senator at high pay; his limo service at root of tax flap
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2009 8:49 AM CST
Millionaire Leo Hindery Jr. donated huge sums to John Edwards' presidential campaign, and has a passion for racing cars; he's seen here at Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle advocated for an administration position for business patron Leo Hindery, Politico reports. Hindery gave Daschle a high-paying job (and the car service that led to tax questions), and Daschle suggested Hindery for a government role—maybe commerce secretary or trade representative. “It was part business and part friendship,” a Hindery friend says of the relationship.

The former senator served as a rainmaker-cum-salesman for Hindery’s equity fund after being voted out of office. Hindery has long sought access to the inner sanctum of Democratic politics, donating large amounts and courting candidates. “He has a habit of backing people who shouldn’t be in the office they’re running for,” a rival said of Hindery’s involvement with John Edwards’ ill-fated campaign, among others.