Those who think the scrutiny that comes with filing tax returns is onerous need only step into the shoes of U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof.
Details of the Missouri Republican’s income, travel and gifts are available to the public in an annual disclosure report that all members of Congress must file under House rules and federal statutes.
According to the document, Hulshof reported assets between $1.1 million and $5.2 million, primarily because he inherited ownership of the family farm after his mother’s death last year. He also reported unearned income, including dividends on investments and interest on bank accounts, ranging from $18,430 to $66,000 in 32 various accounts and investment funds.
Hulshof’s assets are detailed throughout the nine-page report, filed with the House Clerk’s Office. He received no gifts from lobbyist groups and filed only one travel expense: a trip to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., from July 16 to July 17 of last year, Hulshof spokesman Manning Feraci said.
For some lawmakers the reports have become a source of controversy, but not for Hulshof.
The scandal surrounding the failure of Rep. Tom Delay, R-Texas, to file proper paperwork and to reimburse lobbyist groups for trips has drawn attention to the disclosures. The fallout prompted many legislators — who wanted to ensure accuracy — to file for extensions past the May 15 deadline.
Hulshof was not among the tardy; he filed his disclosure May 12, three days before the deadline.