financial disclosure statements
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate must file annual disclosure reports about their finances. Candidates for these offices also must file disclosure reports.
The president and vice president, top members of the executive branch such as department secretaries and undersecretaries, and justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal judges also must file the forms.
What's in the Forms
See Open Secrets' About the Reporting Requirements for details on what must be reported.
Where the Forms are Filed
The congressional forms are filed with the Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate. Copies are also filed with the Secretary of State's Office in the state that a member of Congress represents.
The forms for the president, vice president and executive branch officials are filed with the Federal Election Commission and the U.S. Office of Governmental Ethics. See the website of the U.S. Office of Governmental Ethics for a list of Current Executive Branch Nominations and Appointments who have filed financial disclosure forms.
The forms for the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal judges are filed with the Administrative Office of the United State Courts.
Here's a sample page from President Barack Obama's financial disclosure form:
News Stories Using Federal Financial Disclosure Forms
Many Gulf federal judges have oil links - Associated Press, 6/6/2010. An AP investigation based on financial disclosure forms filed by federal judges that detailed their ties to the oil and gas industry. The judges are in judicial districts where federal lawsuits related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill have been filed.
Judge owned stock in firms he ruled on - San Francisco Chronicle, 11/24/2012. A California Watch investigation based on a judge's financial disclosure forms and court rulings.
Secretary of State Candidate Has a Major Financial Stake in Canadian Tar Sands - OnEarth, 11/28/2012. OnEarth, a Natural Resources Defense Council publication, did this story on Susan Rice based on her financial disclosure report.