Last week Nintendo appealed to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative for help with global piracy issues
President Barack Obama’s nominee for the position may ultimately decide to help Nintendo out, but he’ll need to pay his back taxes first.
CNN reports that Obama’s choice as USTR, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, owes nearly $10,000 to the IRS:
The [Senate Finance] committee found that Kirk failed to report as income $37,750 in honoraria collected for 16 speaking engagements at Austin College… He also deducted too much for the cost of tickets to see the NBA Mavericks, reporting the entire $17,382 as business expenses…
"The mayor is working with the Finance Committee on a few minor issues," White House spokesman Ben Labolt said, adding that the "nomination is on track."
"The president nominated Mayor Kirk because of his proven ability at the negotiating table — building consensus between opposing stakeholders in Dallas and crafting deals to create opportunities for U.S. businesses overseas," Labolt said.
CNN notes that Kirk is the fourth Obama nominee to face criticism over tax payment issues.