The odd couple of American politics, White House aide Mary Matalin and Democratic strategist James Carville, racked up $3.4 million in speaking fees last year, according to financial disclosure forms released yesterday.

Matalin, a senior adviser to Vice President Cheney, was required to stop her lucrative appearances when she joined the Bush administration in January. She appears to be one of the wealthiest White House aides, with investments valued at between $3.9 million and $9.7 million. Besides her speaking fees, she reported $244,581 in income last year from hosting the CNN television show "Crossfire."

Karl Rove, a senior political adviser to President Bush, reported assets totaling between $2.3 million and $5.5 million. Cheney's chief of staff, lawyer I. Lewis Libby, reported holdings of $2.4 million to $5.4 million.

The disclosure forms for 18 top White House officials, released by the administration in response to requests from news organizations, show that a number of senior aides have financial ties to the Texas energy firm Enron, either as owners of its stock or as paid consultants to the company.

Bush economic adviser Lawrence B. Lindsey received $50,000 last year for consulting with an Enron advisory board, and Rove owned Enron shares worth up to $250,000. Rove's disclosure document noted he planned to sell all stock in individual companies, which included holdings of similar size in such firms as General Electric and Pfizer.

Enron was one of the biggest contributors to Bush's campaign, and its chairman, Kenneth Lay, has been close to the president and his father for many years. Lay has wielded considerable influence in shaping the president's recently announced energy plan.

Lindsey reported an annual salary of $918,785 from his consulting firm, Economic Strategies Inc., where he has worked since 1997 advising financial companies and large international firms. In addition, he reported a $50,000 consulting fee from Crow Family Holdings, a real estate investment business in Dallas; another of the same size from the Moore Capital hedge fund; and $62,228 in salary from the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Lindsey reported an investment portfolio of between $586,000 and $1,340,000. That sum may have been held down by his decision several years ago to sell off his stock market holdings because he was convinced that the economy was headed for trouble and, in his own words, "so I can sleep at night."

Lindsey's remaining portfolio is heavy in bonds -- he owned up to $500,000 in a Fidelity bond fund, and up to $100,000 in high-yield corporate "junk" bonds -- as well as U.S. Treasury inflation-indexed bonds and some gold mine investments.

Several other Bush aides revealed substantial income during previous jobs in the private sector. White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. reported making $479,138 last year as General Motors Corp.'s vice president for government relations and chief lobbyist. His deputy, Joseph W. Hagin, made $368,660 as vice president for corporate affairs at Chiquita Brands, the politically wired banana company.

Nicholas Calio, Bush's director of legislative affairs, reported making $947,671 last year from his lobbying firm, O'Brian Calio. He added that he divested his share in the partnership last month and expects to receive a lump sum next year.

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice reported selling her stock holdings in Chevron Corp., on whose board she served; they had been worth between $250,000 and $500,000. She received director's fees of $60,000 from Chevron and made $243,000 as Stanford University's provost.

Although the White House released the disclosure statements for 18 top aides, about 100 senior employees had to submit the forms, revealing their exact income but listing their assets and liabilities only in broad ranges. Those who own stock in companies with business before the government must recuse themselves or sell down their stock to less than $5,000 worth.

According to the form filed by Matalin, she made $1.35 million for speaking appearances last year and Carville made $2.1 million. In many cases, they appeared together -- earning fees of $16,000 each, for example, for speeches to such companies as Philip Morris, GE Capital, Microsoft, Seagram's, Time Inc. and Chase Manhattan.

Carville may find it difficult to step up his pace to make up for the loss of his wife's hefty income. He was on the road constantly last year, making 154 appearances around the country.

Often appearing together, James Carville, Mary Matalin earned $3.4 million in speaker's fees in 2000.