Skip to comments.Net Worth, 2005 -- The wealthiest politicians in DC
Posted on 10/14/2006 1:32:09 PM PDT by dennisw
Rank Name Minimum Net Worth Maximum Net Worth
1 Herb Kohl (D-Wis) $269,098,030 $284,549,005
2 Henry M. Paulson $190,727,085 $392,934,024
3 Jane Harman (D-Calif) $168,651,649 $289,045,000
4 John Kerry (D-Mass) $164,741,510 $234,262,099
5 Darrell Issa (R-Calif) $135,862,098 $677,230,000
6 Robin Hayes (R-NC) $92,832,334 $181,295,169
7 Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa) $78,150,023 $101,579,003
8 Samuel W. Bodman III $66,698,060 $117,179,012
9 Donald H. Rumsfeld $62,090,106 $199,687,011
10 Charles H. Taylor (R-NC) $56,056,017 $77,341,000
11 William H. Donaldson $46,306,152 $191,419,025
12 Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) $43,343,464 $98,660,021
13 Lincoln D. Chafee (R-RI) $41,153,105 $64,096,019
14 Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) $38,198,170 $90,733,019
15 John McCain (R-Ariz) $25,071,142 $38,043,014
16 Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) $19,978,175 $67,170,000
17 Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) $19,189,049 $93,043,004
18 Dick Cheney $17,120,041 $79,588,010
19 John Campbell (R-Calif) $17,004,087 $77,512,000
20 Kenny Ewell Marchant (R-Texas) $15,774,147 $55,312,000
21 Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) $15,087,070 $61,131,000
22 Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) $14,746,108 $55,085,000
23 Jim Cooper (D-Tenn) $14,116,811 $30,725,757
24 Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) $13,508,152 $49,829,007
25 Michael McCaul (R-Texas) $13,267,113 $58,330,000
Notice how they're mostly Dems and RINO Republican?
John Kerry is not rich! His wife is...lol
The Doles are from modest means, Bob from very, very modest means. They aren't any longer.
The limousine liberal crew
That is the point worth making. How many of these people left office far richer than when them came. How many went into politics poor and retired rich?
How many, like Lyndon Johnson came out of Texas a poor teacher and died a multimillionaire? They only job he ever jad was om gpverm,emt/
.. and that's just their onshore accounts.
If it covered "intangible" assets: For what their names and future earning power are worth, in reality the Clintons would make the list.
He's amply rich in stupidity.
They come to Washington poor; they leave wealthy. We have the best politicians money can buy.
Actually, it's his wife's late husband.
I call BS
they include Rumsfeld as a "politician", but leave off Clinton who shares a net worth with her hubby of several hundred millions.
Same way with Bill Clinton and wife.
In Arkansas, they didn't even own a house. They lived in the Governor's residence.
Now, their combined wealth is in the multi-millions.
Dole (Akroyd):"Bob Dole didn't grow up with the fancy colored television or the automatic dishwasher like my good friend George Bush over there. Bob Dole didn't have the two car garage or the gasoline lawnmower like my friend Pete Dupont(Kevin Nealon). And why do you call yourself Pete when your name's Pierre? Your name is Pierre isn't it Pierre?"
Bush (Carvey): "Now wait a doggone minute Bob! You can say what you want about me but quit pickin my friend Pete over there! Your a millionaire yourself Bob and I'm not so sure that money was made on the up and up!
Dole: "How would you like this pen shoved into your neck?
Bush:I'd like to see you try it!
Thanks for the headsup, dennisw!
The wealthier they are when they come to Washington, the less likely they are to be corrupt, in general - always exceptions, of course.
It's quite a dilemma for people that want Congress to be "like them" - the problem is when you elect someone who has an average income or financial situation to Congress, where they then have the power to influence billions of dollars in Government spending, the temptation is often too much.
I suspect you'd find most of the people, especially at the top of the list, were independently wealthy before ever entering Congress - Herb Kohl, for example, is from the Massive-Department-Store-Chain Kohl's.
Will you guys elect me to go to Washington D.C. so I can become a multi-billionaire? I promise to bring home the pork....and put money in the 'freezer'....and give nice dinners to you all....and, and, and,......
"Actually, it's his wife's late husband."
Yep...her late REPUBLICAN husband!
Kerry is rich until she dumps him!
That's what the last wife did and he lived in an apartment and drove a used car.
Think that INCLUDES his "offshore" stuff, and 'trusts'?
How did McCain get so rich?
He married very well.
Just like his good friend John Kerry.
While Kohl's family started the business, they sold out long before the company became the operation it is today. Most of his money came from real estate.
If anything, these numbers understate net worth. The numbers for Herb Kohl have to be off by a factor of two. He has $200 million in equity in the Milwaukee Bucks, which he purchased for under $20 million. That doesn't count his real investments.
I remember (wink). I was on Hannity's board alot during the 2004 election and was one of the biggest Kerry detractors and 'opposition diggers' on there...LOL
Kerry actually made me more sick than Bill Clinton (if that is possible)!!
And Hard Work it must be.
Kerry actually made me more sick than Bill
Being in NH we have watched this gigilo for years.
Just how many millions do the Clintons have, and how did they get it??????
Kohl, Rumsfeld, and Cheney: I don't mind them because I know that they earned their own money before they came to DC. The others either got rich off of insider deals in DC, or they got money from their spouses or parents. Either way they didn't earn it themselves, so they don't know what it means to work for a living.
they include Rumsfeld as a "politician", but leave off Clinton who shares a net worth with her hubby of several hundred millions
Just asking, how did the Clintons get all the money, and how much do they have
corruption, kickbacks, etc, of course
latest estimates as a couple are about 400+ million. I think her "admission" for Senate rules is about 100 million.
His second and current wife, Cindy, IIRC is an heir to a beer distributing fortune.
Also, does anybody know where Lincoln Chaffee got his money? I'm surmising it's inherited.
LOL! Dan Akyroyd did do a good Bob Dole impression.
Chafee = idle rich old money.
I don't have any facts in front of me but Elizabeth Dole is from Salisbury, NC which produced many millionaires from the Food Town, Food Lion inception growth. Her family might very well have been part of that.
Many of the local people put a modest investment in and are wealthy today.
Dana Carvey made a great president.
They worked hard and played by the rules.
(China's rules, N. Korea's rules, Malaysia's rules, etc...)
I remember seeing Harry S. Truman mowing his own lawn in Independence, MO. IIRC, there was no presidential pension back then, or if there was, it was minimal.
But they can relate to the rest of us,sure.
How did Rummy make his fortune? Also, I don't understand how someone can be either worth only 90 million, or as much as 300. Does wealth really fluctuate that much?
24 Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) $13,508,152 $49,829,007
I can't fathom how these people can accumulate this kind of wealth LEGALLY while I'm helping to pay their salaries. Given the number of millionaires in the house and senate, maybe its time to make these bastards work for free with no pension benefits either.......But thats not likely to happen considering they are the ones who have the say-so on their own salaries.....
ONE TERM LIMITS THEN YOU'RE OUT OF THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All sorts of "special deals" come their way, and they take advantage of them. I believe Tom Coburn will leave the Senate when he promised without increasing his wealth by using his position. He is a unique exception.
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