Corrine Brown

Florida Democrat

Rep. Corrine Brown

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$3,501 in 2010

108% since 2004

Financial approach

Minimal Assets

Invests in: Finance / Insurance / Real Estate

Brown’s financial disclosure forms

Each year, lawmakers are required to file financial disclosure forms that list assets, liabilities, stock transactions, outside employment, spousal employment and travel reimbursements.

Public projects, private interests

Spending with family connections: $23.7 million

Between 2005 and 2010, Brown helped secure $21.9 million for six clients of a lobbying firm where her daughter works. The clients paid the firm more than $1 million to represent them before Congress. Brown was the sole sponsor of $1.79 million in earmarks sent to a seventh client, the Community Rehabilitation Center, while her daughter worked as a lobbyist on behalf of the center, the Florida Times-Union reported in 2010. The congresswoman declined requests for an interview. Her daughter did not respond to requests for comment.

Brown’s financial portrait

The Post examined the personal finances disclosed by all members of Congress and computerized by Center for Responsive Politics to show how they manage their assets and invest their money.

Brown

House median

Estimated wealth

$3,501 in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

108% since 2004

Less wealth and more aggressive

Lawmakers holding fewer assets with riskier investment strategies and/or higher debts.

Wealthier

More aggressive

Financial approach

Minimal Assets

41 lawmakers saw their estimated wealth fall below $25,000, with many slipping into the negative territory.

What industries does Brown invest in?

Many assets can be tied to specific industries, such as finance, agriculture or
natural resources. "Mixed" investments are assets not tied to a specific industry.

Brown's estimated
2010 liabilities

$12,500

What asset types does Brown hold?

Assets are lumped into groups such as real estate, stocks,
mutual funds or cash.

NOTE: "Mixed" investments are assets that are not tied to a specific industry. Charted change in annual estimated wealth is capped at 200 percent increase and 100 percent decrease for clarity. See the full methodology here.
SOURCES: Congressional financial disclosure forms, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post analysis.

About the data

The estimation of assets for lawmakers is based on calculating the midpoint of reported value ranges for holdings and liabilities that members of Congress list on financial disclosure forms. It does not reflect assets lawmakers are not required to disclose, such as personal residences and non-interest bearing bank accounts. The estimation is not intended to provide a complete portrait of the net worth of each legislator, but rather show their relative standing in Congress and how their holdings have changed over time.

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