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It's Financial Disclosure Friday In The Senate

Its financial disclosure Friday in the Senate and number-crunching reporters are already hard at work digesting each lawmaker's bottom line.

While loans to Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) have been getting most of the early attention, the web is buzzing with stories investigating the books of the other 98 senators.

AP leads the way with a look at the numbers for each party's respective leader, finding that both are in fine financial standing.

No real surprises for either Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

However, Reid did list a parcel of land valued at $14,000 in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev. that he received as a gift from the widow of a longtime friend. The gift was approved by by the Senate Ethics Committee.

The Crypt wonders if there are any bobcats on the property.

The AP also notes that Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) actually amended his disclosure form to make him a millionaire. Durbin listed a net worth of around $917,000 on the form, however, aides told the AP the figure is closer to $1.3 million.

"We discovered that information regarding the senator's Thrift Savings Plan (the retirement savings plan offered to all federal employees) was not included on this year's financial disclosure form," spokesman Joe Shoemaker said in a statement.

Newsday reports that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made almost $100,000 in royalties last year from his book, "Positively American."

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