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Net Worth, 2005 -- The wealthiest politicians in DC
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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


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1 posted on 10/14/2006 1:32:10 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw
This is not how much they are worth...just how much money they have in the bank.

And I wonder how much money they had when they first came to Washington...
2 posted on 10/14/2006 1:33:53 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: dennisw

Notice how they're mostly Dems and RINO Republican?


3 posted on 10/14/2006 1:34:40 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: dennisw

John Kerry is not rich! His wife is...lol


4 posted on 10/14/2006 1:35:57 PM PDT by penelopesire
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To: P-40
And I wonder how much money they had when they first came to Washington...

The Doles are from modest means, Bob from very, very modest means. They aren't any longer.

5 posted on 10/14/2006 1:39:30 PM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: oldbill

The limousine liberal crew


6 posted on 10/14/2006 1:40:40 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: P-40

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/


7 posted on 10/14/2006 1:41:09 PM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: dennisw

.. and that's just their onshore accounts.


8 posted on 10/14/2006 1:42:02 PM PDT by Lexington Green (No Poker - No Vote)
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To: P-40

If it covered "intangible" assets: For what their names and future earning power are worth, in reality the Clintons would make the list.


9 posted on 10/14/2006 1:44:09 PM PDT by PghBaldy (Depose Nancy! What did she know and when did she know it?)
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To: penelopesire
John Kerry is not rich! His wife is...lol

He's amply rich in stupidity.

10 posted on 10/14/2006 1:44:50 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: dennisw

They come to Washington poor; they leave wealthy. We have the best politicians money can buy.


11 posted on 10/14/2006 1:46:10 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Islam: Lifting the world back into the Dark Ages.)
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To: penelopesire

Actually, it's his wife's late husband.


12 posted on 10/14/2006 1:46:28 PM PDT by mike70
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To: dennisw

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.


13 posted on 10/14/2006 1:48:30 PM PDT by fnord (dachshunds with erections can't climb stairs)
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To: R.W.Ratikal

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.


14 posted on 10/14/2006 1:48:44 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: P-40
This reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live skit where they spoofed the Republican Presidential Debates. Dan Akroyd played Dole and Dana Carvey played Bush 41.

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!

15 posted on 10/14/2006 1:53:28 PM PDT by nativist (Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft.)
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To: dennisw
Crime does not pay does not apply to this bunch of Privateers!

Thanks for the headsup, dennisw!

16 posted on 10/14/2006 1:54:17 PM PDT by VOYAGER (,)
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To: P-40

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.


17 posted on 10/14/2006 1:54:26 PM PDT by Strategerist (Those who know what's best for us must rise and save us from ourselves)
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To: VOYAGER
Crime does not pay does not apply to this bunch of Privateers!

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.

18 posted on 10/14/2006 1:57:54 PM PDT by Strategerist (Those who know what's best for us must rise and save us from ourselves)
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To: Strategerist
The wealthier they are when they come to Washington, the less likely they are to be corrupt, in general - always exceptions, of course.

That may be true to some extent. John Kerry sat in the Senate and did almost nothing for 19 years, until he decided to run for the WH in 04. He has authored and co-authored more legislation since the 2004 than he did the previous 19 years combined.
19 posted on 10/14/2006 2:08:59 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: dennisw

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,......


20 posted on 10/14/2006 2:10:11 PM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: mike70

"Actually, it's his wife's late husband."

Yep...her late REPUBLICAN husband!


21 posted on 10/14/2006 2:12:21 PM PDT by penelopesire
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To: dennisw
"Congress members and top officials in the executive branch must file forms covering the preceding calendar year that list their assets and liabilities, their income (excluding their government salaries, oddly), asset transactions, gifts they received and more. They need not list property unless it produces income (so their primary residence is generally not listed), but they must include the source of their spouse's income."

which means the numbers by Kerry's name probably don't REALLY belong to him ?
22 posted on 10/14/2006 2:13:10 PM PDT by stylin19a ("Klaatu Barada Nikto")
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To: penelopesire

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.


23 posted on 10/14/2006 2:13:54 PM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: dennisw
17 Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) $19,189,049 $93,043,004

Think that INCLUDES his "offshore" stuff, and 'trusts'?

24 posted on 10/14/2006 2:14:45 PM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: dennisw
John McCain (R-Ariz) $25,071,142 $38,043,014

How did McCain get so rich?

25 posted on 10/14/2006 2:16:04 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: P-40
Actually, it is not worth now how much cash they have in the bank.


I wonder how McCain made all that money?
26 posted on 10/14/2006 2:18:04 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz; dennisw

He married very well.

Just like his good friend John Kerry.


27 posted on 10/14/2006 2:21:04 PM PDT by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: Strategerist

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.


28 posted on 10/14/2006 2:24:35 PM PDT by MediaMole (9/11 - We have already forgotten.)
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To: litehaus
Think that INCLUDES his "offshore" stuff, and 'trusts'?

I kind of doubt it. This probably just includes monies that are in his name. The Kennedy Trust must be quite loaded unless Teddy drank it all up.
29 posted on 10/14/2006 2:24:43 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: ConservativeGreek

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)!!


30 posted on 10/14/2006 2:24:51 PM PDT by penelopesire
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To: Prost1
Damn, i need to get in that line of work.

And Hard Work it must be.

31 posted on 10/14/2006 2:26:05 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: dennisw
It's a sad day when a Rockefeller can finish no better than seventh on a list of richest people.
32 posted on 10/14/2006 2:42:19 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: penelopesire

Kerry actually made me more sick than Bill

Me too!
Being in NH we have watched this gigilo for years.


33 posted on 10/14/2006 2:57:51 PM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: fnord

Just how many millions do the Clintons have, and how did they get it??????


34 posted on 10/14/2006 3:11:45 PM PDT by munin (The war on muslim terror=world war 3 time to let's roll)
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To: dennisw

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.


35 posted on 10/14/2006 3:13:05 PM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: fnord

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


36 posted on 10/14/2006 3:15:08 PM PDT by munin (The war on muslim terror=world war 3 time to let's roll)
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To: munin

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.


37 posted on 10/14/2006 3:45:03 PM PDT by fnord (dachshunds with erections can't climb stairs)
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To: Tribune7
How did McCain get so rich?

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.

38 posted on 10/14/2006 3:48:44 PM PDT by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: nativist

LOL! Dan Akyroyd did do a good Bob Dole impression.


39 posted on 10/14/2006 3:53:46 PM PDT by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: Dane
Also, does anybody know where Lincoln Chaffee got his money? I'm surmising it's inherited.

Chafee = idle rich old money.

40 posted on 10/14/2006 3:55:07 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (living in interesting times)
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To: Bahbah

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.


41 posted on 10/14/2006 3:55:07 PM PDT by goosie
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To: nativist

Dana Carvey made a great president.


42 posted on 10/14/2006 3:55:37 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (living in interesting times)
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To: munin
Just how many millions do the Clintons have, and how did they get it??????

They worked hard and played by the rules.

(China's rules, N. Korea's rules, Malaysia's rules, etc...)

43 posted on 10/14/2006 3:58:21 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (The dems. can't have a fool-proof plan. There would be no one left in their base.)
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To: dennisw
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) - 2005
Net Worth: From $10,080,005 to $50,200,000
Ranks 14th among all members
of the Senate

Assets: 5 totaling $10,095,006 to $50,250,000

Liabilities: 1 totaling $15,001 to $50,000

Transactions: 0

Agreements: 6

Compensation: 0

Gifts: 0

Honoraria: 0

Income: 48 totaling $8,352,356

Positions Held: 0

Travel: 0


http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.asp?CID=N00000019&year=2005

for the rest of them

http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/overview.asp?type=I
44 posted on 10/14/2006 4:22:39 PM PDT by angelsonmyside (Why won't Nancy talk now?)
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To: Dane

OK, thanks.


45 posted on 10/14/2006 4:45:03 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: R.W.Ratikal
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/

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.

Mark

46 posted on 10/14/2006 4:55:01 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: oldbill

But they can relate to the rest of us,sure.


47 posted on 10/14/2006 5:22:43 PM PDT by thile44 (Simplicity is too complex.)
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To: munin

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?


48 posted on 10/14/2006 5:37:25 PM PDT by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: Bahbah
The Doles are from modest means, Bob from very, very modest means.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

49 posted on 10/14/2006 5:54:49 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Cure for liberal stupidity: Louisville Slugger, apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I can't fathom how these people can accumulate this kind of wealth LEGALLY....

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.

50 posted on 10/14/2006 6:02:53 PM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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