Democratic candidate Kucinich discloses finances
Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich discloses personal finance, numerous trips By MALIA RULON
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP)--Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich didn't earn much more than his congressional salary, but he did receive some speaking fees for talking about world peace.
According to his financial disclosure forms, the Ohio lawmaker received $3,000 from two speeches made last year--money he donated to the Nizhoni School for Global Consciousness in Galisteo, N.M.
Kucinich, a strong opponent of the U.S.-led war against Iraq, took 14 trips last year. He spoke to the NJ Peace Action's annual dinner and the Eugene Peace Academy, which is an Oregon charter school set to open this fall. At the Praxis Peace Institute Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, he spoke about the cosmic interplay between stardust, matter and one's spirit while also condemning the impending war in Iraq.
While some lawmakers file pages of stock earnings, money earned from book deals or house mortgages, Kucinich listed just four accounts and one share he owns in the American CroatianLodge. Combined, his assets total less than $32,000.
``Like many politicians, the congressman did not get into the service of government to make money,'' said Kucinich spokesman Doug Gordon.
Members of Congress receive a $154,700 annual salary.
His only debt is a loan of between $15,001 and $50,000 from actress Shirley MacLaine, a close friend who is listed as Shirley Parker, her legal name. He has not been charged interest for the loan, which was made in 1981.
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