Originally Posted by DarrylS
Pronline news.. never heard of it.
Government gone wild?????
They are summarizing data from Open Secrets. Not sure what methodology they used...
Looking at the entire House and Senate, this is what I found.
Download the 2009 list:
Find the House members (category = "H" and "S"). Calculate the average ($6,466,744.87).
Download the 2004 list:
Find the House members (category = "H" and "S"). Calculate the average ($6,091,301.03).
So that's an increase of 6.2%. Yeah, I can't figure out where they came up with the 3,669% figure...although the average net worth of $6 million kind of sticks out, no?
Looking at the second link, I see that the top increase in wealth on that list is "Gutierrez, Luis V (D-Ill)" with an increase of precisely 3,669%. So maybe they were using the example of one congressman, but the title made it sounds like the overall average. My fault for not double-checking their work (the figures for Gutierrez do check out).