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Kavanaugh Incurred Tens of Thousands in Credit Card Debt by Buying Baseball Tickets
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12 Jul 2018 09:49 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Washington Nationals Cap insignia (Image source: Public Domain)

 

If you plan to run for public office or serve the public in any other way you need to be sure you have all your ducks in a row. Things from your past can be found. As Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh has some interesting credit card debt in his past. 

Having had a large debt doesn't mean you are unable to make decisions as a Supreme Court justice, but it does paint an interesting picture of someone. But in terms of digging up dirt, it does seem minor.

 

There have been plenty of things said regarding how Kavanaugh came to be Trump's number one pick, and now his prior credit card debt is being displayed for everyone to see in a review of his financial disclosures that the White House provided. 

He has tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt, with the explanation being it was mostly due to being baseball tickets. He has also reported liabilities that could exceed the value of his cash accounts and investment assets.

 

Raj Shah, White House spokesman, said Kavanaugh accrued this debt by buying season tickets and playoff game tickets for the Washington Nationals. They were for himself and a "handful" of friends. Also being blamed for some of the credit card debt is home improvements. 

He reported he had accrued between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt over three credit cards and a loan. The cards have between $15,000 and $50,000 each on them, and $15,000 to $50,000 is owed on the loan. That's a lot of baseball games.

 

By 2017 the debts were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirement amount. The filings do not give details on how they were paid off. Additionally, Shah said Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him for their baseball tickets, and he is no longer purchasing them for himself. 

His most recent financial disclosure forms show reportable assets between $15,000 and $65,000. This would place him at the bottom of the financial ranking of justices, as most of them list in excess of $1 million.

 

The value of his homes does not need to be disclosed. He does have a government retirement account that is worth almost half a million dollars, and that wasn't required to be reported either. 

"At this time the Kavanaughs have no debt beyond their home mortgage," Shah announced to be sure a clear picture was understood. He has assets of nearly $1 million between his home and retirement account.

 

He has worked more than twenty years in the public sector and doesn't have established wealth as a private lawyer. He lists just two kinds of assets, accounts with Bank of America and his wife's retirement fund. She works as the town manager in the Village of Chevy Chase and brings in $66,000 annually.  

His home that he purchased with is wife is not included. Public records show they refinanced their mortgage two times, with the most recent time being in 2015.

 

Without including his homes, Kavanaugh would place at the bottom among the other justices when considering disclosed assets. Currently, Justice Clarence Thomas' assets between $695,000 and $1.7 million are the least among justices. 

Federal circuit judges bring in about $220,000 annually in salary, and Kavanaugh supplemented this with a teaching income from Harvard in 2017.

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