WASHINGTON – Several top White House aides to President Bush are well-to-do, with investments in stocks, bonds and real estate, according to their financial disclosure forms released Tuesday.
White House chief of staff Andrew Card (search) has $900,000 to $1.9 million invested in stock and bond funds, and homes in Maine and Massachusetts worth $350,000 to $750,000. Card, who has a long career in government, was a lobbyist for the auto industry in the 1990s.
The president's political adviser, Karl Rove (search), has between $725,000 and $1.8 million in stock and bond funds, plus Florida real estate worth half a million dollars to $1 million and rental property in Texas worth $100,000 to $250,000.
During the year, Rove, a longtime political consultant in Texas, sold a bed and breakfast business worth between $500,000 and a million dollars in Ingram, Texas.
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice (search) has $475,000 to $1.1 million invested in stocks and bond funds, plus partnerships in an office building and rental property worth $150,000 to $350,000. Rice has a retirement fund worth half a million to a million dollars from Stanford University, where she served as provost.
White House communications director Dan Bartlett (search) has from $375,000 to $1 million in stock, bond and money market funds and land in Kerr, Texas, worth $15,000 to $50,000.
David Hobbs (search), who handles legislative matters on Capitol Hill for the president, has from $147,000 to over half a million dollars in individual company stocks and stock funds.
Federal ethics laws require that financial information be reported only in broad ranges.