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February 6, 2016

Supreme Court Justices’ Wealth/Income Reports Online

The new personal financial wealth and income reports of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are now available online.

The Ethics in Government Act requires annual personal financial wealth and income reports from top officials in all three branches of government. The goal is to prevent conflicts of interest and deter corruption and the appearance of corruption of public officials.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts made public on Friday the paper copies of financial reports covering calendar year 2013, for Chief Justice Roberts and the eight active Associate Justices. Since the Court does not make them available online, Political MoneyLine has scanned them each year and made them available here, under the tab for SCOTUS Personal Financial Disclosures.

The financial reports list assets and financial holdings in broad dollar ranges, and do not include the value of personal residences or spousal income, unless done voluntarily. Some view the filings to see if any Justice owns stock or has investments in a company that may relate to a matter that may come before the Court.

In 2013, some of the Justices supplemented their salary with brief teaching positions at education institutions and law schools. For example, Chief Justice Roberts taught a ten-day course in Prague, The Czech Republic.

Also, some are reimbursed for transportation, meals and lodging at conferences or speeches. These are often in very nice locations, such as Associate Justice Samuel Alito’s trip to Florence, Italy; Associate Justice Stephen Breyer’s trips to Paris, France, London, England, Copenhagen, Denmark,and Monaco, France; Associate Justice Ginsburg’s trips to Paris, France, and The Hague, Netherlands; Associate Justice Kagan’s trip to Salzburg, Austria; Associate Justice Kennedy’s trips to Paris, and The Hague, Netherlands; Associate Justice Scalia’s trips to Berlin, Germany, and Lima, Peru; and Associate Justice Clarence Thomas’ trip to Innsbruck, Austria.

In 2013, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was, by far, the most the most traveled speaker with expenses reimbursed by the sponsoring organization.

In 2013, some Justices also received income from publishers for books they have written, such as Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

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