(CNN) - Possible presidential hopefuls like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have more on their minds than trick-or-treaters and costumes this Halloween.
The date usually associated with candy-seeking children this year also marks the deadline to file to get on the Florida Republican primary ballot, likely to be held on January 31, 2012. It is the first of many deadlines candidates must meet in order to appear on the ballots in various state presidential primary contests.
(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband own assets worth up to $2.8 million but also owe up to $750,000 in outstanding loans, according to a federal financial disclosure report filed Friday.
The Republican presidential hopeful reported owning assets totaling between $1.3 million and $2.8 million, including her husband's psychotherapy practice and office space worth between $600,000 and $1.3 million and a family farm valued between $500,000 and $1 million. The clinic drew $50,000 to $100,000 in gross income in 2010, while the Independence, Wisconsin, farm generated income between $5,000 and $15,000.
(CNN) - The turbulent financial climate of recent years has not had a noticeable impact on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s own wallet, according to personal financial information released Friday by his campaign.
The GOP frontrunner owns assets totaling $190 million to $250 million in value, according to a Romney campaign estimate. It is the identical amount his campaign provided four years ago in estimating the wealth of the former Massachusetts governor and his wife.
Washington (CNN) - Former president Bill Clinton enjoyed his most lucrative year ever on the speaking circuit in 2010, capping a decade of paid speaking events that has earned him $75.6 million since leaving office in 2001, according to a CNN analysis of federal financial records.
Clinton received $10.7 million for 52 paid speaking engagements last year, a sizable increase from the 36 paid speeches he delivered in 2009 for a total of $7.5 million. The most the former president had previously earned in one year was in 2006 when he earned $10.2 million for 57 events. His 2010 speaking fees were detailed in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's annual financial disclosure report released Monday.
(CNN) - When Jon Huntsman officially wades into the presidential waters Tuesday, he will bring with him at least one asset envied by any candidate for office: deep pockets.
The former Utah governor, who until April had served as President Obama's ambassador to China, owns assets valued between $17.8 million and $84.0 million, according to a personal financial disclosure report filed in May. The report covers Huntsman's personal finances for the 2009 calendar year, when he assumed the China post.
(CNN) – Republican businessman Craig Huey has defeated Democratic California Secretary of State Debra Bowen for the second spot in the July special runoff election to replace former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman, according to updated vote results released Thursday. Huey will face Democrat Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles City Councilwoman and the top vote-getter in Tuesday's special primary election for California's 36th district House seat.
Huey was an underdog in this heavily Democratic district, which is located entirely within Los Angeles County. His second-place finish can largely be attributed to a crowded Democratic field of five candidates who garnered a combined 56.7 percent of Tuesday's vote.
(CNN) – Democratic Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has advanced to a July 12 special runoff election to replace former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman in Congress, according to unofficial vote returns from a special election held Tuesday.
Her opponent will either be Republican businessman Craig Huey or California's Democratic Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich carried a revolving charge account between $250,001 and $500,000 in 2005 and 2006 for the high-end Tiffany & Co. jewelry store when his wife worked as a congressional staffer, according to public records.
The liability was reported in Callista Gingrich's financial disclosure forms filed in 2006 and 2007 covering activity from 2005 and 2006. Her job on the House Agriculture Committee ended on Jan. 1, 2007. As a high-level congressional employee, Callista Gingrich was required each year to file such a form detailing her personal finances from the preceding year.
Washington (CNN) – The path to the White House used to begin often with a fancy public event where the candidate, flanked by his or her (usually his) loved ones, gave a full-throated declaration of his or her candidacy for president amid balloons, confetti and patriotically colored bunting.
Today, candidates usually are much more coy about wading into the presidential waters. Though some candidates do still hold traditional announcement events, most will first ease themselves into the process by creating what's called an exploratory committee.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - After launching his presidential campaign Wednesday, Newt Gingrich can add "presidential candidate" to the long list of positions and jobs he has held since leaving public office a dozen years ago.
The former Georgia Republican congressman, who now lives in Virginia, holds no fewer than 25 current titles, positions, and occupations, according to a review of public records and filings as well as his various official biographies.