May 23, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
It'd be funny if it weren't so sad that there's been a long history of these "mistakes" of Obama nominees.
On the eve of her Senate confirmation hearing, commerce-secretary nominee Penny Pritzker alerted Congress that she mistakenly understated her 2012 income by at least $80 million.
The admission came in new financial disclosure documents that Ms. Pritzker filed with the Senate on Tuesday. The newly disclosed payment came from U.S. accounts and was tied to Ms. Pritzker's work over the past decade carrying out a complex plan to divide her family's assets—work that included restructuring, managing and selling various trusts, said her assistant, Susan Anderson.
Ms. Anderson said the omission was due to an inadvertent "clerical error."
"The mistake was discovered by financial advisers to Ms. Pritzker who helped prepare her financial disclosure," Ms. Anderson said in an emailed statement.
The error and correction were reported by Bloomberg earlier Wednesday.
Ms. Pritzker previously disclosed that last year she received $54 million from an offshore account and more than $30 million from U.S. accounts—all related to her work dividing her family's assets. The most recent documents indicated she earned at least $80 million more than that. The disclosure documents don't provide totals of a nominee's income or assets.