Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The six richest politicians in Congress (PHOTOS)

Despite the economic downturn, many members in Congress are still sitting pretty (financially speaking, that is). Turns out, it's not just fat cats on Wall Street who are getting all the fun. Check out our list of the top ten richest politicians in congress. Captions via the Huffington Post.

Senator John Kerry: $188 million
Sen. John Kerry (D- Mass.) can thank wife Teresa Heinz Kerry for the bulk of his fortune. The heir to the Heinz ketchup company married the senator in 1995.

Darrell Issa (R-Calif): $160.1 Million
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made his money by founding Directed Electronics, the largest maker of car security systems in the United States.

Jane Harman (D-Calif.): $152.3 Million
The California Democrat is another case of marrying well. Rep. Jane Harman's (D-Calif.) husband, Sidney, founded Harman International Industries, which makes loudspeakers, CD and DVD players, and other electronics.

Michael McCaul (R-Texas): $73.8 Million
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is married to Linda McCaul, the daughter of the founder of Clear Channel Communications, one of the largest radio empires in the United States.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.): $83.7 Million
An old money candidate, Sen. Jay Rockefeller's (D-W. Va.) money can be traced back generations to his great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, the Standard Oil tycoon.

View the top ten list at Huffington Post.
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