- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2005


Rep. Richard W. Pombo still counts himself as a fourth-generation cattle rancher, though he is the chairman of the House Resources Committee. Rep. Alan Mollohan can add property manager to his other job title of top Democrat on the House Standards of Official Conduct Committee.

While their Senate counterparts enjoy the luxury of six years in office, members of the House operate on two-year terms, and several have fallback jobs or are assured outside income in case voters turn them out.

Financial-disclosure forms released yesterday described the deep-pocketed, the politicians existing on salary alone and the well-traveled.

The forms also capture House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s financial fight against various ethical accusations.

The Texas Republican accepted $439,300 in contributions to his legal expense fund in 2004, a year in which the House ethics committee investigated Mr. DeLay and rebuked him for his conduct. Separately, he faces questions about his ties to Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist under federal criminal investigation.

The top Republican in the House, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, supplemented his salary of $203,000 with rent from a District-based town house and a $31,002 pension from the state of Illinois, based on his years as a high school teacher.

The cowboy-boot-wearing Mr. Pombo remains active in his family farm, located in California’s Central Valley, producing dairy and beef cattle. The Republican, now in his seventh term, valued ranch partnerships at $100,000 to $250,000 and ranch estates at $250,000 to $500,000.

Mr. Mollohan and his wife, Barbara, own a property management firm. Last year, the couple purchased five lots in Bald Head Island, N.C., in addition to investment properties in the area and in Canaan Valley, W.Va.

The West Virginia Democrat reported receiving $50,001 to $100,000 in income from partial ownership of Remington Inc., a property ownership and management company.

Millionaires populate the Senate, but the House has plenty of lawmakers who reported that their congressional salary was their major source of income.

Rep. David R. Obey of Wisconsin, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, has been in office since 1969. He listed as assets two individual retirement accounts, valued between $16,000 and $65,000, and no outside source of income.

Rep. Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican and the International Relations Committee chairman who is retiring next year after serving since 1974, reported two credit union accounts, one worth $50,001 to $100,000 and the other worth $1,001 to $15,000, and a $7,720.92 pension from his former job in the Illinois General Assembly.

On the other end of the financial spectrum is Rep. Jane Harman of California, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

She listed a 25-year trust valued at $15 million to more than $60 million that provided more than $1 million last year. A smaller trust produced $50,000 to $100,000 in unearned income.

Mrs. Harman is married to Sidney Harman, founder of Harman International Industries Inc. that is known for its high-end stereo equipment.

The top Democrat in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, counts among her assets a vineyard in St. Helena, Calif., valued at $5 million to $25 million.

Mrs. Pelosi holds the assets jointly with her husband, Paul, who also has invested in high-tech companies.

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