Reporting Jon Keller
BOSTON (CBS) – USA Today reporters have analyzed the current personal financial disclosures of our reps and senators in Washington, and the results make for fascinating reading.
Listen to Jon’s commentary:
The pols only have to disclose an asset range so the paper used estimates provided by the Center for Responsive Politics to provide a rough guess of who’s worth what, and keep in mind, these figures don’t include their primary residence.
Let’s start at the top of the wealth pile, and of course you already know who’s there, Sen. John Kerry, third richest member of Congress, worth $231 million.
I hope he gave out the big candy bars on Halloween.
He can afford it.
Coming in at #7, fiery liberal populist Nancy Pelosi, feeling your pain but not her own, at $101 million.
Seven of the ten richest pols in the House and Senate are Democrats, the party of the poor, but also a big tent that welcomes the ultra-rich and their agenda.
They’re doing their level best to keep pace with the old masters of the country club, the Republicans, like Olympia Snowe, clocking in at an Olympic $20 million, John McCain, the man of many homes, at $16 million, and fiery conservative populist Eric Cantor with $5.4 million.
Then again, how can we ever take Cantor seriously again once we learn that he’s worth $3.3 million less than Al Franken?
What about the rest of the delegation, otherwise known as John Kerry’s household help?
After Kerry, it’s a big drop off, but suffice to say, Tsongas, Keating, Frank, McGovern, Markey, Capuano, and yes, Scott Brown too, are all worth seven figures.
All of the above are successful politicians, and they wouldn’t be where they are if they were completely out of touch with the lives of those worth far less than them.
But it does make you wonder.
And maybe the next time you hear one of them claiming they’re here to help you, you’ll think to yourself – sure you are.
Show me the money.
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