So, they will not use it in the future. Why would that be if it's merely public information?The White House fell under suspicion in August when Goolsbee -- whose identity was concealed until a Koch lawyer revealed it to The Weekly Standard last month -- was quoted in a background call, saying Koch was structured to escape corporate taxes by allowing income to flow directly through it.
The White House has not confirmed or denied that it was Goolsbee.
A White House official told Fox News that "a senior administration official used Koch Industries as an example" when he discussed an issue in a presidential report noting that "half of business income goes to companies that do not pay corporate income tax because they are pass-through entities and that many of them are quite large."
"The official's statement was not based on any review of tax filings and we will not use this example in the future," the White House official told Fox News.
White House Denies Spying on Conservative Billionaires' Taxes - FoxNews.com
Made a slip? What slip would that be? Apparent mistake? Hmmmm?The most likely answer still appears to be no, and the White House simply made a slip when a senior official suggested that Koch doesn’t pay corporate-level taxes. The company has issued a statement since then saying it does indeed pay corporate taxes.
But at a minimum, the new investigation will keep alive the broader question of how – and why – the administration made the apparent mistake. Koch Industries has said it believes the White House official’s statement “was politically motivated.” It notes that President Obama himself also made disparaging remarks recently about a prominent conservative political organization, Americans for Prosperity, that has ties to company owner David Koch.
In response to a recent request by several Republican senators, Treasury’s tax inspector general, Russell George, said in a letter that he has “ordered the commencement of a review” into the senior official’s comments. In their request, the senators said that administration employees “may have improperly accessed and disclosed confidential taxpayer information.”