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Florida lawmakers among millionaires in Congress

Published June 15, 2006

Republican Rep. Katherine Harris of Longboat Key might be having trouble getting her U.S. Senate campaign off the ground, but money isn't one of her problems.

Harris, who said earlier this year she would be willing to spend all of a $10-million inheritance from her late father in her bid to oust Sen. Bill Nelson, reported an income of between $125,000 and $1.1-million last year, including interest and dividends from bank accounts and investments.

Harris reported assets worth between $8.7-million and $37-million. No liabilities were reported.

Nelson, who already has raised $10.4-million in his re-election bid, lists a net worth of between $1.8-million and $7.4-million.

The Melbourne Democrat received between $660,000 and $1.4-million in sales of property and securities since last year's report.

Florida's other U.S. senator, Mel Martinez of Orlando, reported a net worth between $2.8-million and $4-million, an increase from a year ago when he reported assets between $1.2-million and $2.9-million.

Martinez's assets were largely in Morgan Stanley investment accounts.

Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, listed retirement accounts worth between $16,000 and $65,0000 and income between $201 and $1,000 outside his congressional salary.

Davis is also contesting between $10,000 and $15,000 in what he says are fraudulent charges on his VISA credit card.

Certain items are exempt from disclosure, including the value of primary homes and spouses' salaries.

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