ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Group questions worth of senator’s vacation home

A new appraisal more than doubles the value of U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd’s Irish cottage, a vacation home that is the subject of an ethics complaint by a conservative group that questions if it was really a gift.

Dodd spokesman Bryan DeAngelis said the Connecticut senator and his wife decided to have the property appraised because they felt it was time to update the information for Dodd’s financial disclosure report to the Senate.

A conservative government watchdog group, Judicial Watch, filed an ethics complaint against Dodd in April, questioning whether the price Dodd originally paid for the cottage amounted to a gift from businessman Edward "Bucky" Kessinger.

Dodd and Kessinger bought the cottage in 1994 for $160,000, with Dodd contributing $12,000 for one-third of the downpayment. The Dodds bought out Kessinger in 2002 and refinanced the mortgage, paying Kessinger $122,000 plus $5,000 in closing costs.

What To Read Next
Fundraising is underway to move the giant ball of twine from the Highland, Wisconsin, home of creator James Frank Kotera, who died last month at age 75, 44 years after starting the big ball.
Caitlin and Jason Keck’s two-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation committee begins next month.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met on Jan. 5, 2023, to consider the application for Summit Carbon Solutions.
Qualified Minnesota farmers will receive dollar-for-dollar matching money to purchase farmland.