"I believe that this book should be read by every citizen in America…What is being done here by CAGW, in my view, is of the greatest importance. [My] constituents…need to have these concrete examples of the way that business is done here in Washington, D.C., unfortunately, and the only way it’s going to stop is when it’s exposed."
-- Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)
From p. 13:
$1,648,850 for the Shedd Aquarium by Senate appropriator Richard Durbin (D-Ill), Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), House appropriator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.).
The aquarium's website says the facility was a "gift to the people of Chicago from John Graves Shedd, president and chairman of the board of Marshall Fields & Company."
This aquarium receives 2 million visitors per year and has 36 corporate benefactors.
At the end of 2004 (the last year for which information is available), the aquarium had a fund balance of approximately $200 million.
Those are some liquid assets!