Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh charged tens of thousands of dollars to personal credit cards over the past decade and was sometimes as much as $200,000 in debt, according to financial disclosure forms reported by The Washington Post.
Kavanaugh's required disclosure forms deal in broad ranges, so it's hard to get an accurate picture of his financial situation (with good Nationals seasons tickets running as much as $6,000 Kavanaugh could have been buying tickets for ten friends, or almost three dozen).
In 2017, the credit card debts and loan "were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements", according to the report. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him for their share of the baseball tickets and that the judge has since stopped purchasing the season tickets.
It should be noted that the value of Kavanaugh's home is not subject to disclosure, and the judge also has a government retirement account worth nearly $500,000 that also does not need to be disclosed, according to Shah.
Unlike the other justices on the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh has not worked in private practice, where it is easier to amass wealth as an attorney. And while it won't get Kavanaugh an intentional walk from Senate Democrats, they might want to consider how Kavanaugh compares to their own records before putting a few pitches under his chin.
"Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist who has dedicated his life to public service", Shah said.
Kavanaugh has bank account worth $65,000.
His public filing does not include his home, which he purchased with his wife, Ashley, in 2006 for $1.2 million.
On Wednesday the White House revealed that Kavanaugh is actually so painfully "all-American" that he racked up a large amount of credit card debt due to his love of baseball.
Since then, they have refinanced the home twice - most recently in 2015.
As senators begin the process of vetting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, public disclosure forms show he's not almost as wealthy as numerous justices on the high court. Their current mortgage is $865,000.
A 2017 report from the Center for Public Integrity said that at least six of the nine justices were millionaires, with Justice Stephen Breyer reporting a minimum net worth of $6.15 million in 2016 and Chief Justice John Roberts a minimum reportable net worth of more than $5 million.
It appears that if confirmed, Kavanaugh would be the least wealthy justice.
Federal circuit judges draw annual salaries of about $220,000 a year, and Kavanaugh supplemented his salary with more than $27,000 in teaching income in 2017 from Harvard Law School.
The Kavanaughs live in the upscale Washington, DC suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland.