WV'S WASHINGTON POLITICANS ARE MULTI-MILLIONAIRES - 'They Know How You Feel'

(06/09/2012)

COMMENT Bob Weaver

All of West Virginia's congressional delegation from both political parties have at least one thing in common, they're worth millions.

Longtime Senator Robert C. Byrd was among the last in Washington who did not amass wealth while serving in Washington.

Some assets can be legally hidden, but financial statements give some insight into their assets.

U.S. Sen. Rockefeller, not surprisingly, topped his West Virginia colleagues with their recently filed 2010 financial disclosures.

Democrat Rockefeller listed assets ranging between $86 million and $152 million, with much of that in blind trusts. Rockefeller is one of the richest members of Congress.

Freshman Sen. Joe Manchin, also a Democrat, reported assets of between $3 million and $14 million.

Republican representative Dave McKinley disclosed a similar range of $3 to $14 million.

The assets of GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito ranged between $1 million and $3 million.

Rep. Nick Rahall was among nearly 100 members of Congress granted filing extensions last year. The Democrat previously listed assets of $2 million to $3 million.

They don't have to worry about paying health insurance premimums, deductibles, co-pays, or coverage exclusions or indeed retirement benefits, but they know how you feel.

Since the United States Supreme Court gave First Amendment rights to corporations (Citizens United) to spend endless sums of money electing candidates of their choice, the chances of a grassroots, populist, middle class candidate getting elected to the hallowed hall is slim.


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