by Sue Deyoe ~ June 16th, 2011
From Washington DC- thanks to Libby Casey:
Alaska’s congressional delegation in Washington earns money from a range of investments including stocks and real estate. Their annual financial disclosure forms were made public yesterday. Senator Mark Begich requested an extension to file his and plans to do so later this summer. One fifth of the Senate asked for more time. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s forms reveal that she, her husband and their two kids have investments worth between $300,000 and $1.24 million. It’s hard to say exactly how much Murkowski or any members of Congress are worth because the range of categories given on the financial forms are so broad… and members do not have to reveal the value of their primary home or how much they owe on it.
Congressman Don Young has between $115,000 and $300,000 in investments and holds $165,000 and $400,000 at the Congressional credit union. He also has life insurance policies in the neighborhood of $200,000 t0 $500,000.
The Congressman earned $5,300 from a teaching and legislative pension from the state of Alaska. He continued to take donations for his legal expense fund, which he disclosed in the “gifts” section of the financial form. That totaled $25,000. Both Congressman Young and Murkowski and her family continued to collect the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Checks, even though they spend much of their time in Washington.