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Richest Members of Congress: Multi-millionaire Club

March 18, 2011

(This article is re-posted from Open Secrets.)

Mother Jones recently featured the Center for Responsive Politics in its March/April issue, using data on congressional members’ personal wealth. The magazine’s piece titled, “It’s the Inequality, Stupid,” highlighted the growing income and wealth inequality in America and used the Center for Responsive Politics to point out that members of Congress have a one in two chance of being millionaires compared to one in 22 for the average American family.

The piece also highlighted the fact that the 10 richest members of Congress all voted to extend the Bush tax cuts.

Mother Jones‘ cover story,”Plutocracy Now: What Wisconsin Is Really About,” prompted OpenSecrets Blog reporter Michael Beckel to examine union and corporate political action committees and their spending patterns over the past decade in Wednesday’s article, “Unions, Businesses Vie to Fill Democratic Pocketbook.


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