Rep. Jim Moran is a man of many skills. Not only is the Virginia Democrat an 11-term Congressman and a veteran appropriator, but he also has a hidden talent for auctioneering.
He is slated to auction off several prizes next month at a fundraiser for CrisisLink, an organization that works to prevent suicides. Moran, who has played this role before, says he’s drawn to the post because it gives him a chance to tease the crowd.
“The attendees of the CrisisLink event are nice people who tend to be generous,” he tells HOH. “And in the case of those who are not so generous but can afford to be, being an auctioneer allows me to publicly embarrass them.”
Moran will auction vacation and sports packages among other items. The auction is scheduled for April 7 at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.