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Artwork by Chrispiascik 

I put up this diagram in a previous post to illustrate the extraordinary financial differences between the people and their representatives.  In the next couple of posts I would like to explore this a little further and so here below is a list of the top ten richest members of Congress together with their estimated fortunes all courtesy of that excellent insider blog Rollcall

So lets start by getting to know the names.

  1.  Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas) $294.21 million, with most of the money tied up with his wife.
  2. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif) $220.40 million largely from Directed Electronics who sell car alarms, and an office and industrial property portfolio.
  3. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) $193.07 million.  Most of this is held through his spouse, the heiress to a baked bean fortune.
  4. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W Va) $81.63 million.
  5. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) $76.30 million.
  6. Representative Jared Polis (D-Col) $65.91 million.
  7. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) $55.07 million
  8. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Com) $52.93 million
  9. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) $43.39 million
  10. Representative Vern Buchanan (R-Fla) $44.21 million.

We might usefully wonder why this might be.  After all these guys are working full time for the people, right?  Slaving away into the wee small hours in the corridors of power sculpting useful laws and doing their best for constituents with problems?  These are the boys and girls making sure that there will be jobs for your kids, protecting you from the commies, fighting those nasty banks who want to take your home back? Running three major wars is also a big ask on one’s time too, far less all that saving the world for the west as well.

They simply can’t be expected to take time out to be in charge of the type of enormous corporations that would allow a return of this kind of remuneration as well as all their public duties can they?  What supermen (and superwomen) they must be.

And what a lot of Senators.

Copyright David Macadam 2011

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