Denny's Deep Pockets
With a net worth of nearly $11 million, Denny Rehberg maintains one of the deepest pockets in Congress.
Of 535 U.S. senators and representatives, Rehberg ranked 24th on The Hill’s "50 Wealthiest List of 2010.”
“It’s all coming clear,” said Martin Kidston, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party. “Birds of a feather flock together, so it’s any wonder Rehberg votes to protect Washington’s big money interest and his wealthy allies.”
In recent months, Rehberg voted against the DISCLOSE Act, which would have shed light on the hundreds of millions of dollars corporations and special interests spend influencing elections. With money of his own, Rehberg also voted against extending unemployment benefits to laid-off Montana workers.
What’s more, Rehberg opposed a bill to maintain jobs for firefighters, teachers and other public servants, even though the funding was paid for and will actually reduce the debt by $1.4 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The bulk of Rehberg’s wealth is tied up in his Rehberg Ranch Estates in Billings, The Hill reported. The assets under Rehberg Ranch are worth at least $11 million, pending a reappraisal stemming from “damage” sustained in a 2008 fire.
Rehberg is suing firefighters in Billings for allegedly mishandling the fire.
“I come from a struggling family,” Democratic congressional candidate Dennis McDonald said. “Rehberg hasn’t worked a day in his life. He’s lived a life of entitlement.”