In March, DC Vote held a demonstration at Franks’ Glendale, Ariz., office to protest that bill. Last week, after Franks held a hearing on the legislation, nearly 50 residents stormed the hallway outside his D.C. office in a tongue-in-cheek demonstration asking “Mayor Franks” to remedy problems with Metro service, public school funding and rodent infestations.
“I think it’s important to carry this message outside the District of Columbia,” Zherka said. “The event we held last week was not only covered [by media] in D.C. but also in Arizona, because guess what? Arizonans are curious to see what their Congressman is doing in Washington, D.C. And when we went out there back in March ... a lot of people were shocked [Franks] would be spending any time worrying about the District of Columbia when Arizona has so many problems.”
Keenan agreed that her organization could use its leverage to protect D.C. while also protecting NARAL’s interests.
“We’re not just talking about this in Arizona with our affiliates there, we’re talking about this all over the country,” she said.
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.