I'm always amazed at the number of Right-Wingers who claim to hate government but then spend millions to get into the very same government. It's fascinating that so many rich people would fight over public service jobs -- House Rep and Senate, for example -- that pay but a mere pittance of what they could probably make in the "private sector."
If they believe the government is such a bad thing, why do they continually do whatever they can to return to Washington?
Oh, yeah,...the money.
Take the curious case of U.S. Rep Virginia Foxx (R - Dist. 4). Seems this former teacher and garden-shop owner is getting rich off her constituents. And the longer she stays in federal office, the richer she gets.
According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) data culled from online resources such as www.opensecrets.org as well as county tax records in North Carolina, Foxx's assets are growing exponentially. While she continues to keep more and more of the campaign funds that come in from her numerous corporate owners (See Campaign Finances Image), she is spending less and less of that on her campaigns and now has more than $1.2 million in the bank.
Her listed assets have grown from about $2 million to $8 million in the past six years. That's a pretty good return, but where is that money really coming from? One possibility is the number of properties she owns. Those are growing as well, with the largest influx in land coming in the years after she began her political career (See property list).
Now someone must explain to me how you can spend less and less time at your business and have your assets grow so much.
This is something the Billy Kennedy needs to hammer on in this election cycle. I'd like to see him challenge the Foxx campaign to open their books and show what exactly she spends those campaign dollars on. "OPEN THE BOOKS, Ginny. What are you afraid of?"
In addition, I'd like to challenge those in the district who might have some better inside knowledge than me to check into the land she owns and how much of it is now considered "agricultural" and what the land is being used for.
Foxx is a bigoted, dangerous ideologue, but first and foremost, she's still a right-wing Republican and if we've learned anything about those folks, we've learned they loves them some greed.