K Street

Tom Daschle's 'Influence Laundering'

Tom Daschle is not registered as a lobbyist, and yet he works for a big-time lobbying firm. How does he get away with it? The Huffington Post calls his practice “influence peddling.” By never picking up a phone directly on his clients’ behalf, Daschle doesn’t have to disclose who they are or how they pay him. But in the past, he has worked “indirectly” through other lobbyists, passing on information from his political sources to registered lobbyists at his firm, who, in turn, pass it on to the clients. Daschle remains close with Obama, having met with him at the White House 11 times in the first six months of 2009.