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Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee Racked Up $200,000 In Credit Card Debt Buying Baseball Tickets

According to The Washington Post, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amassed tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt in part by purchasing baseball tickets to Washington Nationals games, according to a review of Kavanaugh’s financial disclosures and information provided by the White House.

Kavanaugh has reported having up to $200,000 in credit card debt during the past 10 years, according to the Post’s report. In 2006 — the year he was confirmed as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — he reported having between $60,000 to $200,000 in debt.

In 2016, Kavanaugh reported having the same range of debt spread over three credit cards and a personal loan.

White House spokesman Raj Shah told the Post that Kavanaugh incurred his debt because he buys Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a “handful” of friends, as well as for home improvements.

Prices for Nationals season ticket packages can vary widely, depending on their location in the stadium. Seats a dozen rows behind the dugout in the lower area of the stadium can go for as much as $6,000 apiece for an 81-game season package.

Last year, Kavanaugh’s credit card debts and loan appeared to be paid off or fell below the year’s reporting requirements, according to the Post. Shah told the paper that the judge’s friends reimbursed him for their share of the tickets and that Kavanaugh no longer buys season tickets.

Federal circuit judges draw annual salaries of about $220,000 a year, and Kavanaugh supplemented his salary with more than $27,000 in teaching income in 2017 from Harvard Law School. Associate justices on the Supreme Court make $255,300, while Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. draws a $267,000 salary.

Kavanaugh lives in the affluent village of Chevy Chase, Md., where his wife works as the town manager and draws a $66,000 annual salary.

The Kavanaughs send their two daughters to the Catholic private school of Blessed Sacrament, where tuition costs $10,025 per child.

Nicole James
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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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