Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rep. Schweikert Only Arizona Freshman To File Financial Disclosure Statement Before Deadline; Links To Rest of Delegation

The House of Representatives released its members' annual personal financial disclosure statements today.  Six of Arizona's eight Congresspersons' reports are available.  Of the three new lawmakers in the delegation, only Rep. David Schweikert's (R-CD5) is posted; Reps. Paul Gosar (R-CD1) and Ben Quayle (R-CD3) either asked for an extension or have not yet filed anything (even those posted earlier today are available on the House website).  (Update 12:41pm: Rep. Gosar's office has replied that he did receive an extension.  Further update 5:02pm: Was able to confirm through Legistorm that Rep. Quayle also sought and received an extension.)

Although we have not yet reviewed all of them, here are the links to them in case you want to check them out.  (If you find something noteworthy, please send me an e-mail.)  Here is Legistorm's page with all of Arizona's Representatives conveniently grouped together.

CD1: Paul Gosar (not available as of June 15)
CD2: Trent Franks
CD3: Ben Quayle (not available as of June 15)
CD4: Ed Pastor, and amendment
CD5: David Schweikert
CD6: Jeff Flake
CD7: Raul Grijalva
CD8: Gabrielle Giffords

One other quick note: these financial disclosure statements do NOT provide a "net worth" of the Representatives.  In fact, they do not even provide an accurate range of net worth.  This is because assets such as homes, second homes, timeshares (and anything which is not owned to provide income) does NOT need to be reported.  This came up the other day when it was reported (elsewhere) that Sen. Jon Kyl owned a cabin in the path of the Wallow fire; it was not listed on his disclosure statement because he does not rent it out.  Thus, a Congressperson could own expensive mansions in Arizona, Washington and elsewhere - even free and clear; if he or she does not receive income from it, it is likely to not be listed.

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