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Bush, Cheney Still Worth Millions

In annual report, the chief executive and vice president tally assets and an array of gifts.

May 16, 2003|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Bush reported Thursday that he had assets of $8.8 million to $21.9 million at the end of last year.

Vice President Dick Cheney valued his assets at $19.1 million to $86.4 million.

The figures came in annual financial disclosure forms that public officials and certain government-paid advisors are required to file with the Office of Government Ethics. Under the law, the officials may report the value, within broad ranges, of their assets, income and debts. The deadline was Thursday.

The documents also showed presidential gifts Bush has decided to keep -- worth $14,254 in all.

They included a boat and boat dock valued at $5,728 from John L. Morris' bass pro shops in Springfield, Mo.; eight Rolling Stones tickets for the president's daughter Jenna, with a price of $2,533; a $1,000 cowboy hat decorated with a silver Lone Star; and a puzzle, valued at $1,707, from the White House staff.

Other gifts -- worth less than $1,000 -- included two more Rolling Stones tickets for Jenna; cuff links; a hardcover copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird" autographed by author Harper Lee; shoes; an unframed 1865 map of Texas; and an honorary membership in the Yale Club of New York City.

Most assets held by Cheney and his wife Lynne is in seven investment funds -- totaling from $15 million to $75 million.

Cheney kept $17,125 in gifts, according to the form.

Many reflected Cheney's love of fly-fishing.

He received a Sage fly rod and Lamson reel worth $600 from two Portland, Ore., men; a $3,400 bronze sculpture of two trout from an Oregon artist; three handmade fly rods together worth $2,200 from men in Wyoming, Idaho and Texas; and a $1,500 Bogdan Salmon reel.

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