Once again AMNESTY REARS ITS UGLY HEAD. This time attached to a defense bill no less.
Information on chief PUSHERS below written 2004
NEEDS TO BE UPDATED.
A REFRESHER COURSE ON AMNESTY AND ITS PUSHERS
Two of the Bay Area's best-known lawmakers, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, are fixtures on the list of Congress' richest members.
Paul Pelosi's holdings include a four-story commercial building on Belden Place in San Francisco, a retail and office building on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in San Anselmo and an ownership stake in the Auberge du Soleil resort in Napa Valley valued at $1 million to $5 million. He also has millions of dollars of shares in publicly traded companies such as Microsoft, Amazon. com and AT&T.
The couple estimated their total assets to be worth $25 million to $102 million last year, with liabilities of $6 million to $31 million. Assets are reported in broad ranges on the disclosure forms, making it difficult to determine a lawmaker's exact net worth.
Federal lawmakers are required to file financial disclosure statements under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. The forms are released each year to give the public a financial portrait of their representatives and help expose any potential conflicts of interest with their or their spouses' business dealings.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who is up for re-election this year, put most of her assets in a blind trust in 2001 after being criticized for owning stock in some of the energy companies she accused of manipulating the market and overcharging consumers during the California energy crisis.
Feinstein also has received scrutiny for husband Richard Blum's extensive business dealings with China and her past votes on trade issues with the country. As a result, her financial disclosure statement -- nearly the size of phone book -- draws clear lines between her assets and those of her husband. Many of her assets are in blind trusts.
Bay Area congressional delegation's financial interests
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Committees: Appropriations; Intelligence; Energy and Natural Resources; Judiciary; Rules and Administration; Joint Printing.
Senate salary: $154,700.
Major assets: Ownership stake in Carlton Hotel in San Francisco valued at $5 million to $25 million; a marital blind trust, $1 million to $5 million; annual pension income from city of San Francisco of $43,138; Tahoe condo, $500, 000 to $1 million, condo in Kauai, Hawaii, $250,000 to $500,000, both jointly owned with her husband, Richard Blum.
Liabilities: Mortgage of more than $1 million for Carlton Hotel rental property.
Miscellaneous: Her husband's investments are valued in the tens of millions of dollars.
Sen. Barbara Boxer
Committees: Commerce; Science and Transportation; Environment and Public Works; Foreign Relations.
Senate salary: $154,700.
Major assets: Blind trust with her husband, Stewart Boxer, $1 million to $5 million; condo in Washington, D.C., $100,000 to $250,000; interest in an Oakland office building, $15,000 to $50,000; stock holdings valued $1,000 to $15,000 each in America Online, Lightspan.com and IBM.
Liabilities: Loan of $100,000 to $250,000 from her husband's company.
Miscellaneous: Annual pension of $3,536 from time as Marin County supervisor.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi,
Position: House minority leader.
House salary: $171,900.
Major assets: St. Helena vineyard, $5 million to $25 million; real estate option on a property on Broadway in San Francisco, $1 million to $5 million; townhouse in Norden, near Lake Tahoe, $1 million to $5 million; 8-acre vineyard in Rutherford that Pelosi recently sold for $1 million to $5 million. All properties are jointly owned with her husband, Paul Pelosi.
Liabilities: St. Helena vineyard mortgage of $1 million to $5 million.
Miscellaneous: Paul Pelosi also owns commercial property in San Francisco and San Anselmo valued at $5 million to $25 million. He also has major stock holdings that include $250,000 to $500,000 in shares of Amazon.com and Alliance Gaming Corp., which makes slot machines, and $100,000 to $250,000 of shares in Microsoft and Comcast.
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