Bill Enyart, the Democratic nominee for the 12th U.S. House seat, listed his personal financial assets of between slightly more than $1 million and nearly $2.54 million, according to financial disclosure statements filed last month with the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Enyart, 62, a Belleville lawyer and former commander of the Illinois National Guard, listed personal income of between $145,536 and $275,623 for the current year, plus income from legal fees of $727 for the current year, according to the ranges in the statements known as Form B that Enyart and GOP nominee Jason Plummer, an O'Fallon businessman, have filed with the U.S. House.
Enyart's income for the current year includes $60,023 paid by the state of Illinois for his employment as the National Guard commander, the report shows.
Enyart retired from the Illinois National Guard in early June, shortly before announcing his intention to run for Congress.
Enyart's listed assets include rental property and investments in stocks and bonds. The assets do not include the value of the home he shares with his wife, Annette Eckert, a retired St. Clair County judge.
Enyart and Eckert earned a joint income of $380,587, according to a copy of their joint 2011 federal tax return, which Enyart released last month.
In a slightly amended Form B filed in May, Plummer listed a personal worth -- excluding liabilities -- at between $13.6 million and $33.1 million, and personal income for 2010-11 between $926,000 and $5.1 million.
Plummer, 30, of O'Fallon, has declined to release his tax returns, despite repeated calls by Enyart to do so.
The Enyart campaign on Monday called on Plummer to release his individual federal tax returns, a step that Enyart took last month with the release of 11 years' worth of returns to the media.
Based on the income information disclosed in Plummer's Form B, Plummer's personal tax bill will drop by as much as $330,417 if the tax cuts passed under former President George W. Bush are extended beyond December, according to Jason Bresler, Enyart's campaign manager.
If the Bush cuts are extended, Enyart would save $11,499 on his tax return, according to Bresler.
Plummer will save up to another $637,460 if steep tax cuts contained in budget plan crafted by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. -- running mate of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney --are passed into law, Bresler said.
"But we don't know because he's not showing us the tax returns," he said.
Bresler said Enyart would save $13,939 if the Ryan budget plan is enacted.
Philip Leseigne, a Plummer spokesman, rebutted Bresler's comments, contending that "Bill Enyart appears a lot more interested in Jason's income rather than the income of families all across the 12th Congressional District, not talking about the issues that are affecting voters. They're just throwing out numbers out there trying to distract from the polices that have devastated Southern Illinois."
Paula Bradshaw, 59, the Green Party nominee from Carbondale, has not yet filed a Form B, as she has not hit the $5,000 campaign fundraising threshold requiring her to do so.
Enyart, Plummer and Bradshaw are competing to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, in the Nov. 6 election. Costello is retiring after 24 years in office.
The 12th U.S. House District runs from Alton in Madison County to Cairo in the state's southern tip.
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