Politics has never been a poor man or woman's game. Good luck winning an election handing out fliers on the corner while your opponent blasts TV ads and glad-hands business leaders.
But deep-pocket politics has officially hit a new milestone. For the first time ever, a majority of lawmakers in Congress are millionaires.
Out of 534 current members of the Senate and House of Representatives, 268 of them are worth more than $1 million, according to new data from the Center of Responsive Politics. The organization analyzed politicians' publicly disclosed 2012 personal financial information.
Leading the way is California Congressman Darrell Issa and it's not even close. The southern California Republican has an average net worth of $464,115,018, which is 44% more than second-place Sen. Mark Warner's (D-VA) $257 million. Rep. Issa made his initial fortune as a car alarm manufacturer in the 1980s.
And, hey, here's something nice: Republicans and Democrats may spar in Washington, but bipartisanship is alive and well when it comes to making money. Among the 20 wealthiest members of Congress, 11 are Republicans and nine are Democrats.
The Center for Responsive Politics also reviewed politicians' portfolios to find which companies they have a stake in. The most popular investment is General Electric, in which 74 members of Congress are invested. After that, it's Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble and Apple.
Back to the lawmakers though, here are the 20 wealthiest, according to the Center for Responsive Politics:
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA): $464,115,018 average net worth, according to the Center of Responsive Politics.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA): $257,481,658
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO): $197,945,705
Rep. John K. Delaney (D-MD): $154,601,580
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX): $143,153,910
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA): $112,467,040
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT): $103,803,192
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): $101,290,514
Rep. Vernon Buchanan (R-FL): $88,802,066
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): $87,997,030
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN): $69,569,042
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): $68,446,578
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL): $64,314,955
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY): $59,104,518
Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC): $54,791,526
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA): $54,251,531
Sen. James E. Risch (R-ID): $53,517,527
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN): $49,114,509
Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA): $46,542,523
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ): $45,402,595
And all the way there at the bottom of the list, 510 spots later, is California Republican, Rep. David Valadao. He's in debt $12,167,002, due to loans on his family's dairy farm. Perhaps, Issa, the fellow California Republican, can drive north a few hours and spot him a few bucks.
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