With Church Salary, Raphael Warnock Blew Past Senate’s Outside Income Limit In 2022

By Andrew Kerr (Washington Free Beacon)

August 22, 2023

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D., Ga.) used a sketchy accounting loophole to rake in more than four times the allowable outside income allowance for senators in 2022, a move experts say doesn’t pass legal muster.

Warnock made $155,000 in 2022 serving as a part-time pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, according to his latest financial disclosure. That far exceeds the $30,000 outside income limit for lawmakers in the upper chamber, but the Democratic senator claimed $125,000 of his pastor pay for the year was actually “deferred compensation” for services he rendered to the church before he was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2021.

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