Meet America's 25 Richest Politicians

Tyler Durden's picture

Per the just released OpenSecrets list of top 25 wealthiest politicians in America, there are 12 republicans and 12 democrats (and Hillary, whatever she is). While we applaud the diversity among the country's richest "representatives", we can't help but wonder if these people actually "represent" the common man, or the man (such as themselves) having a minimal average net worth of $28 million...

Some further amusing commentary from Before Its News:

I believe it was Emma Goldman who said, "Voting is the opium of the masses." Pitting us regular folk against each other over petty ideologies is how the elite in Congress perpetuate the illusion that we have real choice between the Democrats and the Republicans. It was true in Emma Goldman's time; it's true in our time.

Comedian Chris Rock, when asked during the last presidential election if he was supporting Barack Obama because he is black, replied that he was supporting Obama because he was the only "one-millionaire" running for office. The other candidates were all multi-millionaires. While Obama probably appears further down the list, Rock's point is well-made.The best Americans can do now is vote for the poorest millionaire.

The Center for Responsive Politics has posted the estimated minimum and maximum possible net worth of every single member of Congress and the Administration (from 2008 data) at their website Here are the top 25. If you want to be shocked, look only at the "Minimum Net Worth" column. If you want to be appalled, look at the "Maximum Net Worth" column.

Full list of America's finest. The fact that Nancy Pelosi' minimum net worth has been disclosed at ($7) Million does not really surprise us: all that facial self-improvement does not come cheap.

Rank Name Minimum Net Worth Average Maximum Net Worth
1 Darrell Issa (R-Calif) $156,050,022 $303,575,011 $451,100,000
2 Jane Harman (D-Calif) $151,480,522 $293,454,761 $435,429,001
3 John Kerry (D-Mass) $182,755,534 $238,812,296 $294,869,059
4 Mark Warner (D-Va) $65,692,210 $174,385,102 $283,077,995
5 Jared Polis (D-Colo) $36,694,140 $160,909,068 $285,123,996
6 Herb Kohl (D-Wis) $89,358,027 $160,302,011 $231,245,995
7 Vernon Buchanan (R-Fla) $-69,434,661 $148,373,160 $366,180,982
8 Michael McCaul (R-Texas) $73,685,086 $137,611,043 $201,537,000
9 Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa) $61,446,018 $98,832,010 $136,218,002
10 Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) $46,055,250 $77,082,134 $108,109,018
11 Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) $49,083,204 $76,886,611 $104,690,018
12 Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) $-7,356,915 $58,436,537 $124,229,990
13 Alan Mark Grayson (D-Fla) $31,411,044 $54,966,522 $78,522,000
14 James E. Risch (R-Idaho) $19,468,057 $54,517,026 $89,565,995
15 Gary Miller (R-Calif) $19,365,053 $51,833,526 $84,302,000
16 Bob Corker (R-Tenn) $9,778,047 $50,717,522 $91,656,998
17 Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) $19,898,179 $43,797,589 $67,697,000
18 Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) $14,900,036 $39,012,518 $63,125,000
19 Kenny Ewell Marchant (R-Texas) $13,303,385 $38,204,868 $63,106,351
20 Brian P. Bilbray (R-Calif) $25,143,635 $37,819,629 $50,495,623
21 Harry Teague (D-NM) $21,119,041 $37,102,019 $53,084,997
22 Denny Rehberg (R-Mont) $6,598,014 $31,421,505 $56,244,997
23 Hillary Clinton $10,727,014 $31,243,506 $51,759,999
24 Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) $12,556,055 $28,612,527 $44,669,000
25 Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) $11,342,046 $28,116,022 $44,889,998


h/t Robert

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Sudden Debt's picture

At least, when Obama leaves office, he'll be a billionaire :)

umop episdn's picture

I can't stop thinking of the Zim 'starving billionare' guy...

Sudden Debt's picture

Wouldn't it be hilarious if he made Wiki's top 40 :)

clymer's picture

who here actually believes that Jay Rockefeller is only worth a paltry 100 mill..

knukles's picture

Nope.  Have rubbed shoulders in academia with some of the clan, and that's more like the overnight float between checking and MasterCard alone.

Malcolm Tucker's picture

Here is a Chilean telling David Rockefeller, older generation rich American politician, that he's not welcome in Chile:

Maybe it has something to do with the alleged Pinochet collaborator who gets in the car with him!

knukles's picture

Ya know, SD, seems to me that withholding the names right now is Julian's "Stay Out of Jail Free Card", if you get my drift.  Not only wealthy folk, but probably many holier than thoust, big dreams, common man diatribe, save the planet and God only knows what else whohave extremely high profiles to destroy or no public profile wanted under any circumstances, ever. 
Enormous Influence. 
Kind of a brushing along side a number of Bilderbergers, Davos attendees, Illuminati type crew suspected by the Conspiracy Theorists to be behind every sin, evil and malfeasance on the globe.
Lots of influence.
And mighn't the press not have afree ticket to distribution, ratings, etc., feed the curiosity of the public. 
And so many of the public given the strains of divisiveness, spotlihgt them fuckers from the opposite political side and crucify at will.
My God, the pressure must be enormous to ensure that the names never, ever get released.

Pressure's on baby... keep your hands off my glands, no Private Manning shit for me, says Julian. 

MarketTruth's picture

BHO and others will be billionaires because INSIDER TRADING IS LEGAL for them. Seriously, they can do insider trading while virtually no one else can.

Sudden Debt's picture

I'm sure they don't trade. Only their wife, their 5 year old kids, their dogs and cats and the rest of the family.

RacerX's picture

Yep, it's all in a "blind trust". So that means uncle's Joe, Harry, Phil, and Aunt Martha too.

And just remember, 50 million aint what it used to be.

Arch Duke Ferdinand's picture

Who is gonna pay for the new millions of Baby Boomer's Social Security?

...Let's rape the Politicians for a change...

Michael's picture

I don't have a special love for this race, that race, or any group of people, as most people are brainwashed to have. This is all part of the control mechanism, pitting one group against the other in the name of their special love.

There are scum in every race and every group of people, and I call the scum out no matter what their race or affiliation.

We live in the age of conspiracies while at the same time being socially engineered to ignore them through the use of crafty language. Words like "conspiracy theory" and "conspiracy theorist" are designed to make you feel bad about exploring deeper into the subject presented. You do now instinctively turn away from the topic whenever you here these words out of someones mouth, as if you've been hypnotized to do so. No words will set your mind at ease and allow you to delve further into the issue. Through constant repetition of the feel bad words, you are very controlled. Not even when the words are corrected to indicate the true nature of the exercise with such words as "Conspiracy Researcher", will your mind be put at ease.

You can substitute the words "conspiracy theory" and "conspiracy theorist" with "Anti-Semite", "Anti-Semitism", or whatever, so you can discover the control mechinism.

And for your information, God has no special love for any group or race either.

Michael's picture

Americans are not designed to be socially engineered like Europeans are.
Americans were designed to be Free and Independent.
The Internet and the blogosphere are responsible for undoing decades and decades of social engineering within a matter of a few short years, and it's something they never envisioned or foresaw in all of their planning/strategy/thinktank sessions, ever. This is why the control freaks and our corporate overlords hate the Internet so much. We are too good at crowd sourcing the the truth within a very short period of time. I am enjoying watching their social engineering and brainwashing efforts self destruct in real time, making the control freaks and corporate mainstream media overlords heads explode with rage.

Freddie's picture

The problem is Americans are largely sheep who enjoy being lied to and brainwashed in HD.  As long as they have their clicker, ball games and beer - the slaves are happy.   Issa at the top of the list is actually by far the best of the bunch.  The guy has balls.

ronin12's picture


I came to this same realization a couple of years ago. How fortunate it is for conspirators that "conspiracy theories" are dismissed out-of-hand.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Pay close attention.  I've heard more than one person actually say (with a straight face and loads of conviction).

I don't want you to think that I am a conspiracy theory or anything like that...

I even ask them to repeat themselves.  <sigh>

Michael's picture

I say to the ones that try to dissuade me; I love researching bad conspiracies.

You can add “Truther”, “Birther” and “Denier” to that list or whatever, so you can discover the control mechanism for yourself.

lesterbegood's picture


"God" is utterly indifferent to our fate.

Michael's picture

I believe the purpose of humans is, to become as the creator of the universe is. To become as God is, if you will.

One caveat; Not everyone gets in the club. First you must qualify.

Note: God is not a singular entity in and of itself.


merehuman's picture

+ lightyears.  correct on all 3. Thank you.

Beatscape's picture

+1.  A good current example the main stream media is parroting at the moment in order to discourage interest in gold is, "what good is gold--if the apocalypse really comes you can't eat it" as if to say that if you're buying gold in anticipation of an economic collapse that it won't do you any good.  I suppose this assumes a complete nuclear holocaust and 99% of the planet's inhabitants are annihilated and there is no use for money or currency whatsoever.   Highly unlikely.  They try to characterize people who build wealth via gold as 'gold bugs' who wear tin foil hats, belittling them and making them seem odd. The gold bugs are getting the last laugh.

chumbawamba's picture

There are scum in every race and every group of people, and I call the scum out no matter what their race or affiliation.

I call them niggers.  Time to re-purpose the word.

I am Chumbawamba.

trav7777's picture

that's just YT guilt talk.  A nigger is a black person; stop trying to modify the word so that you can feel ok about using racist speech.

jbc77's picture

It's a whos who list of scumbags.

Looks like public service sure does pay well these days.

traderjoe's picture

Like how Hilary made $100,000 trading cattle futures from $1,000. Or how Bill Clinton can afford a $3 million wedding for Chelsea. Being a politician sure can be lucrative...

DosZap's picture


Looks like public service sure does pay well these days.

Well, if your in the Inner Circle in D.C., yes it does.

However, and I would say 90% of your major problem is the majority of this 25 were at least this wealthy before ever taking office.

Therein lies our dilema.

sushi's picture

Snow of Maine was born to a millworkers family. She was orphaned early in life but ended up getting a degree in poli-sci. As best I can tell from Wikipedia she has never worked at other than in elected political positions yet she is worth 28 millions of dollars.

I don't think either of the Clintons had wealth prior to politics.

What is clear is that asking this group to pass increased taxes on the wealthy is a non-starter. One in nine US families may be on food stamps - Let them eat cake!!

Arius's picture

it always did - what do you think smarty they went into the public service to serve the public? awake up...the world doesnt work that way...

dick cheneys ghost's picture

Issa is the biggest whore of them all.

EscapeKey's picture

 (and Hilary, whatever she is)

Oh, fucks sake, now I have to clean the coke off my desktop

Spalding_Smailes's picture

An old Pilot sat down at the Starbucks and ordered a cup of coffee.

As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him..

She turned to the pilot and asked, ‘Are you a real pilot?’

He replied, ‘Well, I’ve spent my whole life flying biplanes, Cubs, Aeronca’s,  Neiuports, flew in WWII in a B-29, and later in the Korean conflict,  taught 50 people to fly and gave rides to hundreds, so I guess I am a pilot.’

She said, ‘I’m a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about naked women.

As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about naked women.  When I shower, I think about naked women. When I watch TV,  I think about naked women. It seems everything makes me think of naked women.’

The two sat sipping in silence.


A little while later, a young man sat down on the other side of the old pilot and asked: “are you a real pilot?”

He replied, ‘I always thought I was, but I just found out  I’m a lesbian.’

Sudden Debt's picture

... me... to....

how am I going to tell that to my wife....

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

By eating her like she's the last guava on earth...

Cheesy Bastard's picture

LOL.  That's gonna leave a mark.

FatFingered's picture


Kankles.  Only women have them.  She must be a women.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Wow public service pays well.  They fixed so many problems and our country is doing so well.  

Pegasus Muse's picture

Harry Teague (D-NM) -- This one-term wonder voted for the Stimulus & Obamacare.  Back to the oil patch for this guy (his company is in the oil service industry).

nmewn's picture

Grayson is gone too...back to IRS tax dodges offshore no doubt.

Bob Sacamano's picture

No - one termer Grayson (lover of all things Pelosi & Obama - actually to the left of those two) is not that sophisticated.  He is back to chasing ambulances.  Slip and fall?  Call Alan.  He makes his living suing "evil corporations" - understanding that term is a redundancy on this site.

Dr. Gonzo's picture

Doubt any of these people would even know how to change a flat tire but they sure know how use their money to throw their weight around.  

Arius's picture

what is the connection?

lsbumblebee's picture

Please take a number ladies and gentlemen, behind Dr. Faustus.

Trimmed Hedge's picture

On Yahoo Finance, Robert "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" Kiyosaki is yabbering on about gold & silver.

Sure sign of a top, folks.

Sorry about that....

Sudden Debt's picture

The only top I see in silver is when I pile up my silver stash and place the last bullion on top.

And after looking to it for 5 seconds, all I can think of is... what if I buy more. Then the top will be higher.

I wonder how high I can pile them up...

Trimmed Hedge's picture

By the way, I'd love to see a list of the poorest politicians and their net worth....