ALBANY—Here's the required financial disclosure form for Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party's nominee to succeed John McHugh in Congress.
The document, a required filing provided by Hoffman's campaign, shows Hoffman earned over $300,000 last year as an accountant and business consultant, and holds about $4.9 million in various assets. (Some yield him rent and dividends, which I didn't add up and include in his income. Another is a "classic car collection" worth somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million.) This puts Hoffman shy of the $5.5 million threshold to be one of the 50 richest members of Congress, should he be elected.
Hoffman listed four clients on his form whose identity was not disclosed, the listed reason being they are "considered confidential as a result of a privileged relationship recognized by the law of New York State."
Bill Owens, the Democratic Party's designee, has filed his form but I have not seen it. (The forms are available for inspection in Washington; I'm in Albany.) Republican Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, currently the leading candidate for the seat, filed her form over a month ago. It showed some ties to her brother's failing business that Scozzafava has downplayed.