Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (right) and current Chairman Reince Priebus have ushered in a new RNC rule that may play a large role in the 2012 presidential election.
Will the new process make the GOP race long enough to test the contenders and capture the publicís attention without being so long as to divide the party? Or will states ignore the RNC rules, figuring that theyíll still get plenty of attention from the candidates and media? Even supporters of the new rule donít yet know the answer to these questions.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
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.