Two weeks ago, at the Jewish Federation Candidate Forum, OR-1 Republican candidate Rob Cornilles claimed that he's not a millionaire. His exact quote, directed at his fellow Republican, Jim Greenfield was:
By the way, [the] biggest laugh in the hall so far tonight was from my wife when you called me a millionaire.
Of course, Cornilles is full of it. He's trying to obfuscate and confuse the real truth.
You see, in his most recent financial disclosure, he disclosed assets of between $8.7 million and $39.0 million - and 2010 income of between $477,942 and $4.18 million.
Why the ranges? Because the congressional personal financial disclosure requires candidates to report a range for the value and income for each asset. The totals represent the combined minimum and maximum values reported. Here's his personal financial disclosure documents from 2010 and 2011 (pdfs).
Why does this matter? Well, in terms of policy, Cornilles has opposed a middle-class payroll tax cut - while insisting that the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthiest are critical.
On a radio show in September, Cornilles said of the payroll tax cut proposed by President Obama:
"[T]he problem with this is that just doing a temporary tax cut extension for another twelve months is just going to create a bigger problem at the end of 2012."
And last year, the Oregonian's Kimberly Melton reported that Cornilles opposed ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy:
Cornilles said not renewing the tax cuts would be "demonizing certain classes of our society" and discourage economic growth.
So yeah, Cornilles is part of the 1%. And working hard to make sure that federal policy protects the 1% - all the while pretending that he's not a millionaire himself.