Sunday, October 26, 2008

Congress & Money

As has been noted, I’ve been charged by my old comrade in arms to come up with some blog posts based on my doings at school (George Bush School of Govt. & Public Service) while he makes his way cross-country in pursuit of his beloved Bulldogs.

I'll try not to bore people.

With a nod toward the pending Congressional election in Middle Georgia’s 8th District, I thought I would begin with some interesting – and very general – factoids about the U.S. Congress.

On average, the cost of winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is about $1.1 million. Interested in a Senate seat? Start looking for $10 million in change under your couch-cushions.

Sticking with lower house, the above million-dollar-plus figure means that a House member must raise more than $10,000 per week during their two-year spell on the Hill in order to run for reelection.

Speaking of money, here’s a list of the ten wealthiest members of Congress (it might be a little out of date):

1. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) $677 million
2. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) $289 million
3. John Kerry (D-Mass.) $235 million
4. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) $234 million
5. Jay Rockerfeller (D-WVa.) $101 million
6. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) $99 million
7. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) $93 million
8. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) $91 million
9. John Campbell (R-Calif.) $78 million
10. Rodney Frelinghuvsen (R-NJ) $67 million

As an addendum, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) checks in at number 15 on the list with $55 million.


ben lewellyn said...

Keich, this is just your neocon agenda coming to the fore. Everyone knows that all Republicans are extravagantly wealthy, or dumb, or both. The only reason Democrats dominate this list is because Republican special interest groups have to be met dollar for dollar, so all the rich Democrats have to run for Congress or else none would be represented there.

Just another case of the conservative bias in mainstream blogomedia.

Keich said...


Drew said...

Mr. Whicker,

Your fiscal insight into the current status of many within our Congress only further confirms a sad reality that has been developing in this nation since its inception: The evolution of various institutions, statutes, and regulations continues to ensure participation of "the people" is marginalized for the "betterment" of our national interests, which is seemingly only evident to both the very wealthy and highly educated. I am sure we all await the day that Joe Plumber, whose pants hang only because his middle class was eviscerated by a fiscally irresponsible Congress and he simply cannot afford a belt, will be able to make a successful run for office.
I look forward to your future contributions to the politisphere.

Lucid Idiocy said...

When a Rockefeller is No. 5 on the money list, you know you're dealing with some money.