Stabenow donates 'Batman' pay to charity

Melissa Nann Burke
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow donated the pay she received last year for her role as an extra in the upcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" film.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Stabenow, D-Lansing, has said she was among the extras who spent a couple nights shooting in East Lansing in October. Filming began last year in Detroit, which stands in for the fictional Metropolis in the world of DC Comics.

In the latest report on her personal finances, Stabenow disclosed $2,620 from Crown City Pictures Inc. — a production company based in Burbank, California.

A Stabenow spokeswoman said Monday it was in connection with the senator's possible appearance in an upcoming Warner Bros. motion picture. She couldn't say which; however, Crown City Pictures worked with Warner Bros. on "Batman v. Superman," due for release in 2016.

Under the Senate's rules, Stabenow couldn't be paid directly. Under contractual rules of the Screen Actors Guild, anyone appearing in a film must be compensated, so the guild decided to contribute the money to its foundation instead, according to the senator's office.

The annual disclosures offer a limited picture of personal finances for each member of Congress. They report assets, stock holdings and liabilities within one of several ranges, and include similar information for spouses and dependent children.

In her report, Stabenow, 65, listed $15,001 to $50,000 in a bank deposit account. A former state lawmaker, she collected nearly $67,000 in a state pension and $174,000 in congressional salary. Her liabilities fall somewhere between $600,000 and $1.25 million in the form of two mortgages and a home equity line of credit.

U.S. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, and his wife, Colleen Ochoa Peters, reported assets with a total value between $1.6 million and $6.3 million, including mutual funds, municipal and corporate securities, and retirement and college savings plans.

Income from interest, dividends and capital gains on the couple's holdings last year fell between $76,000 and $225,500. Before his government career, Peters, 56, spent two decades as an investment adviser.

A former Michigan Lottery commissioner, Peters collected a state pension of $42,917 and $174,000 in congressional salary in 2014. The couple listed one loan — a joint mortgage of $100,001 to $250,000.