Constructing Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress project involves spending an extensive amount of time up to our noses in financial disclosure forms.
Most of that is spent poring over ink on an endless numbers of pages and crunching numbers. But every so often, certain nuggets of data stand out. And sometimes, aspects of the filing form itself are what pop.
Here, in superlative form, are some of this year’s most interesting findings:
Nobody likes a breakup. So when the Roll Call newsroom caught wind of South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford’s 2,346-word Facebook post announcing his breakup with fiancée Maria Belén Chapur as the result of an ongoing custody battle with his ex-wife, we wanted to help.
Here’s a Spotify playlist that Rep. Sanford can drown his sorrows with while he eats his Ben and Jerry’s.
It’s not every day that you can be within 10 feet of both a member of Congress and a Ghostbuster.
But those streams could have crossed at Awesome Con on the afternoon of April 19. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Hill staffer Andrew Aydin’s booth to promote “March,” their graphic novel on Lewis’ role in the civil rights movement, was across the aisle from where Ernie Hudson, also known as Winston Zeddmore in “Ghostbusters,” posed with fans in front of Ecto-1 while “Who You Gonna Call?” played on a loop.
Lewis and Aydin have been to several comic conventions since “March” was published last year, but Awesome Con was their first in Washington, D.C.
On Sunday, Lewis and Aydin participated in a panel discussion about their book, where they were interviewed by Washington Post comics writer Michael Cavna and answered con-goers’ questions.
Noting the number of superhero costumes at the con, Cavna introduced Lewis by calling him “a true hero — maybe the truest hero in the house.” Full story