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Members of Congress Open Wallets and Pocketbooks

Members of Congress and senior Congressional staff may be a little distracted from legislative activity this week and next as they prepare to file their annual personal financial disclosure reports.  

Personal financial reports disclosing CY2013 family wealth and income are due to be filed by May 15th. Some members of Congress, including Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. (currently ranked 4th richest member of Congress) , Robert Corker, R-Tenn. (currently ranked 22nd), Kay Hagan, D-N.C. (currently ranked 45th), James Risch, R-Idaho (currently ranked 19th), Mark Warner, D-Va. (currently ranked 3rd), and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. have already been granted extensions. Many more are expected.  

The filings will then be scanned and made public about 30 days later, although filers could make their information public voluntarily at any time. Because of filing extensions, an accurate ranking of the wealthiest members will not be possible until several months later. View Roll Call’s ranking of the 50 Richest Members of Congress , based on CY2012 wealth reports.  

The House Committee on Ethics  has a voluntary electronic filing system available and Financial Disclosure Information and Forms , and a helpful Instruction Guide for Completing Financial Disclosure Statements and Periodic Transaction Reports. The Senate Ethics Committee  also has available a voluntary electronic filing system, as well as an Overview , and  Instructions and Forms .  

Personal financial reports from previous years re available on each members profile on Political MoneyLine.