As rumors continue to swirl that President Barack Obama is considering appointing Vogue Editor Anna Wintour as his next ambassador to Britain, new revelations show that the fashion icon’s long-term boyfriend, J. Shelby Bryan, owes the IRS more than $1.2 million in taxes.
Wintour was one of Obama’s top fundraisers during his re-election campaign and raised some $500,000 for the president.
Britain’s Daily Telegraph
reports that it obtained court filings from Texas, Bryan’s home state, that show he has owed the government the money since 2006. A court lien shows that his debt stood at more than $1.6 million in March of that year and he has since paid back about $400,000.
At one $35,000-a-plate fundraising dinner in August, the president thanked “Anna and Shelby for being such extraordinary hosts,” said the Telegraph.
Wintour and her designer friends also created Obama-themed paraphernalia for the president’s Runway to Win campaign, which, according to The Daily Mail, raised $40 million.
And during Paris Fashion Week last October, she hosted a cocktail and dinner party fundraiser that donors paid from $2,500 to $10,000 each to attend.
Wintour has been an ardent supporter of the Democratic Party for some time, helping to raise funds for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate run and John Kerry’s presidential bid. She also teamed up with Calvin Klein and Harvey Weinstein on fundraisers during Obama’s first term.
Bryan, who left his second wife for Wintour in 1999, suggested in one interview last month that the Old Boys Club of politics was not willing to let the British-born publishing maven into its ranks despite her successful fundraising efforts and her experience running a multimillion-dollar magazine.
His financial woes, however, could jeopardize her chances of winning Senate confirmation if nominated by the president. Records also show that in 2010 he was pursued for about $20,000 in overdue property taxes by authorities in Harris County, Texas, said the Telegraph.
Bryan said in an interview with the newspaper that he received the 2006 tax bill after “unraveling” a stockholding arrangement that was previously used as a loophole by investors to delay paying tax, before it was banned by federal authorities in 1997.
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