First, in our review of the Jim Esch for Congress campaign, we welcome those who found Leavenworth Street via “a MSM Omaha blog (Joe Jordan)“. (No link Joe?)
As we noted in our last post, we are looking at Jim Esch’s record to learn more about him. Esch recently submitted his personal financial disclosure report that all candidates for Congress must file. Mike Johanns, Scott Kleeb, Lee Terry, Jeff Fortenberry and the rest of the Congressional candidates all filed theirs by the appropriate deadline, May 15, 2008 (you can find the office holders’ reports on Open Secrets ). The OWH wrote a story about it.
In any case, we wanted to find out more about Esch by looking at his employment information for 2007.
It seems he did some work for Creighton Prep for which he earned a salary of $4,011.38. And then he earned a salary of $10,000 (flat) from JBDHSK Partnership — doing what, we don’t know. So for the entire year of 2007, Esch earned $14,011 (and thirty-eight cents).
Can that even pay the rent?
We don’t want to knock those of you who are scraping by, but you can make more than that that by serving french-fries for minimum wage.
So should we assume that Esch didn’t work a forty hour week, for fifty weeks in 2007? OK, we’ll assume he took some time off after the campaign. But when he did get back on the horse, what did he do?
His profile on LinkedIn.com (which we’ll assume he or his campaign put up) indicates that he has been the “Managing Partner” for “Esch Agriculture and Energy” since 2006. In an April 2008 interview with the OWH he says he “joined a real estate partnership owned by his family and began learning the ropes of real estate law” and “worked with an uncle trying to develop a wind farm in southeastern Colorado.” On his financial disclosure, he says he’s the President of James Esch Farms, Inc. (Farmer Jim?)
Did he make any money doing that? Was it a pro-bono gig? We don’t think it is the same entity as JBDHSK.
In an case, it seems the wind-farm biz isn’t all it’s cracked up to be or the Esch family biz doesn’t pay much (salary).
We don’t know what Esch made back during his run in 2006. But we’re just a little worried that the thirty-three year old President of James Esch Farms, Inc. and General Partner of JBDHSK Partnership and Managing Partner of Esch Agriculture and Energy, who has made only fifteen grand in the past three years, with somewhere between $15,000 and $50,000 in “school loans”, may have trouble paying the electric bills.
Of course he did give his campaign $107,000 in 2006.
Maybe that wind farming does pay off…