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Farms, a vineyard and a student loan

Lawmakers do not confine their investment portfolios to blue-chip stocks and municipal bonds. In fact, they seem to discern opportunities in a wide variety of vehicles.

They plunk their savings down on vacation houses in foreign countries, foreign banks or farmland in out-of-the-way locales. Others buy recreational vehicles, and some sell farm equipment.

Here are a few samples of their holdings, gifts, earnings and other financial transactions:

• Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) bought a one-quarter share of 69 acres of land in Plano, Ill., worth between $250,001 and $500,000.

• Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) assets include a vineyard in St. Helena, Calif., worth up to $25 million. She has other properties in California as well.
• Majority Whip Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntHouse passes bill to ease menu labeling rules under ObamaCare Heroin Task Force presses Congress for more funding to fight opioid epidemic Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE (R-Mo.) owns a coffee shop and a home in Branson, Mo.

• House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James Sensenbrenner2018: Time for Congress to listen — or face the consequences After 'foreign surveillance' law, Congress must demand answers from intelligence community Oprah could be Democrats’ key to beating Trump MORE (R-Wis.), who is an heir to considerable wealth and won $250,000 on a lottery ticket several years ago, released a 402-page report detailing the value of everything he owns from equities to clothes and furniture. He owns three homes, in Virginia and Wisconsin (worth about $2 million), two Cadillacs and two Buicks, a 17-foot Boston whaler and 20-foot pontoon boat. All told, he is worth $10.4 million and paid $97,307 in federal taxes.

• Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.), who owns millions in property around Asheville, N.C., paid between $1 million and $5 million for the Ivanovo Bank in Russia.

• Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.), who purchased property in Nicaragua in 2003, bought a second lot in April 2004. Weller married Zury Rios Sosa, daughter of a Guatemalan general and dictator who has been accused of running death squads during the civil war in the 1980s.

• Rep. John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE (R-Ohio) owns farmland in Pantego, N.C.

• Rep. Marilyn Musgrave sold a bale-wagon farm machine for $15,000 and $50,000.

• Rep. Cathy McMorris (R-Wash.) owes at least $15,000 in student loans.

• Rep. Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryGOP lawmakers help people injured in train crash We vowed to help persecuted religious minorities — it’s time to act Kurds, Iraqi Christians want democracy for themselves MORE (R-Neb.) paid himself $21,000 from his campaign fund while running for Congress; Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-S.D.) paid herself $15,000. She also owns livestock.

• Rep. Thelma Drake (R-Va.) is a mini-Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE. She owns 11 rental properties as part Ocean View Enterprises, where she is the vice president.

• Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (D-Md.) reported at least $50,000 in “precious metals” and gave away 80 acres and a home in Michigan (valued at least at $50,000) as a gift.

• Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.) bought 1,187 acres of farmland, worth at least $1 million. He also spent $50,000 on 40 acres of land and is the director of a potato-seed marketing company, Spudseed.com.

• Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) has a 50 percent interest in a farm in Dinuba, Calif., worth at least $250,000.

• Hastert pays his chief of staff, Scott Palmer, $11,857.44 from both his campaign committee and his Keep Our Majority PAC on top of Palmer’s $148,500 congressional salary. Brian Gaston, Blunt’s chief of staff, took out a $15,000 loan to buy a BMW 525i.

• While lawmakers are banned from earning outside income, they can do so if they get a waiver from the ethics committee. Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), for example, earned $20,000 for teaching at Drexel University.

• The controversy over privately funded travel has not deterred lawmakers. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) accepted a trip paid for by the Nation of Islam. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) flew to Los Angeles to be a guest on comedian Bill Maher’s show. HBO paid for the flight.