Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Piled Up Huge Debt Buying Baseball Tickets

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has reportedly incurred a mountain of debt partly due to buying season tickets for the Washington Nationals.

Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt on three credit cards and a personal loan in 2016, according to The Washington Post.

White House spokesman Raj Shah told WaPo that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a “handful” of friends. Shah said some of the debts were also for home improvements.

Kavanaugh’s most recent financial disclosure forms reveal reportable assets between $15,000 and $65,000, which would put him at the bottom of the financial ranking of justices, most of whom list well over $1 million in assets.

Justice Clarence Thomas has assets listed between $695,000 and $1.7 million, which is the least among the justices, not counting departing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, but still at least 10 times that of Kavanaugh.

But hey, Kavanaugh's "investment" in baseball tickets may have paid off, if the "friends" he took to games helped him get the Supreme Court nomination.

According to WaPo, the perch of a Supreme Court seat can provide additional sources of income. Shortly after her 2009 nomination to the court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor announced plans for a memoir, for which she received a publisher’s advance of nearly $1.2 million.



  1. Or he sold some of them (and didn't report any extra income). He bought his house in Chevy Chase for $1.2M. I am thinking that didn't exactly depreciate either.

  2. I'm not thrilled with this choice. We haven't had much luck with Irish Catholic Supreme Court justices. He will probably become another Anfhony Kennedy.