Capitol Assets: Google+ Hangout about lawmakers’ finances

Is it wrong for lawmakers to trade stock in companies that they influence?

That’s a question you’ll have to decide for yourself after reading the latest in our “Capitol Assets” series.

With the help of Washington Post database editor Dan Keating, reporters David S. Fallis, Kimberly Kindy and Scott Higham researched the personal finances records of U.S. lawmakers from 2007 to 2010.

They found trades that some might view as unethical and discovered that several lawmakers from both sides of the aisle made major financial moves after discussions with senior Treasury officials during the height of the financial crisis.

The Post’s Kimberly Kindy and Dan Keating joined Public Citizen’s Government Affairs lobbyist Craig Holman for a Google+ Hangout about these financial trades.

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