We don’t know; the Senate doesn’t make the information available online, and the senators’ offices referred us to the Senate’s Office of Public Records.
Reached by telephone, the records office told us we could stop by in Washington, D.C., or send a request by fax. (It seemed a little far, at least until our Adrienne LaFrance starts work there soon.)
“It’s 20 cents a page,” a Senate employee chirped. (It costs nothing to obtain a House report.)
No Credit Cards, Please
Fortunately, Inouye’s most recent report (Jan. 1 through June 15, 2011) is only eight pages long, we were told, while Akaka’s is four pages.
Unfortunately, the Senate doesn’t take credit cards. (We didn’t even bother to ask whether they used PayPal.)
“You can pay in cash or write a check,” we were told.
We wrote a check — for $2.40 — and placed it in an envelope.
We also filled out a form (it was faxed to us by the Senate) that stated, “Please complete ALL fields pursuant to Senate Rule 34 of the Senate Code of Official Conduct and Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended.”
The form lists all 100 senators. We scribbled X’s in the slots next to the names of Akaka and Inouye.
Assuming our letter arrives in D.C. within four or five working days, Civil Beat should have the senators’ financial disclosure reports in ….Well, who knows?
One other note: The Senate records office told us that our State Ethics Commission should have the federal disclosure info available locally. We called the commission, but they said they didn’t carry that kind of information.
The commission told us to check with Akaka’s and Inouye’s offices. We did; they told us to call — the U.S. Senate!
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