The two Democrats were among several presidential candidates who released personal financial disclosure forms Monday. Bradley reported personal wealth of $5.1 million through corporate board memberships, book deals and speaking fees.
Al Gore, meanwhile, reported an income of $300,000, including his $175,400 salary as vice president. He and his wife, Tipper, reported assets worth at least $1.4 million and liabilities of $600,000, leaving them with a net worth of $800,000. Their 1998 assets include properties the vice president owns in Arlington, Va., and Carthage, Tenn., and various family bank accounts.
Gore reported $20,000 from a mineral lease on his Tennessee property, and royalties of $15,564 from his book, Earth in the Balance. He also reported assets from the estate of his late father, Albert Gore Sr., worth between $266,000 and $565,000. Gore is executor of the estate.
Bradley's $2.6 million income came from a variety of sources. He made 64 speeches last year, collecting $1.6 million. He also made at least $430,000 working as a consultant to financial companies, including Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., J.P. Morgan Services and the Gartner Group. The former basketball star also collected $53,490 from his NBA pension.
Book sales also helped Bradley last year. His New York Times bestseller, Values of The Game, paid him $137,000. Bradley also listed as assets more than $1 million in BankAmerica stock, farmland in Missouri and a summer home, bringing his total net worth to $5.8 million with liabilities of $565,000.
Among the Republicans, only two released their financial information on Monday, Elizabeth Dole and Lamar Alexander.
Dole reported assets of $6.5 million, most of which was derived from stocks in a wide range of companies, including Walt Disney, Microsoft, and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant which produces Viagra. She also has a $1 million interest in Bob Dole Enterprises, her husband's speechmaking and consulting firm. Dole took a loan against her life insurance policy which made her liabilities at least $250,000.
Dole earned $1.6 million from 43 speeches in 1998, and donated all of that money to the Elizabeth Dole Charitable Foundation.
Former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander made more than a $1 million last year from the merger of a child care company that he helped found with a $5,000 investment in 1987. Overall, he earned more than $2 million in 1998.
Alexander also made almost $1 million from serving on corporate boards and hosting a television program on the Discovery Channel.
All the candidates gave money to charity, although Dole and Alexander gave far more than their opponents did. Dole's $1.6 million donation to the charitable foundation of whic she is president was by far tops among presidential hopefuls. Alexander was a distant second, giving $106,000 in donations last year. Bradley gave $28,000 to a Newark church last year. Gore, widely criticized for giving only $353 to charity in 1997, gave away $15,000 in 1998.
Several candidates, including former Vice President Dan Quayle, commentator Patrick Buchanan, Texas Gov. George W. Bush and conservative activist Gary Bauer, requested 45-day extensions for filing their forms. Publisher Steve Forbes, who is reportedly worth about $1 billion, declined to make his disclosure forms public on Monday, but did file them with the Federal Election Commission.