Capitol Assets: Should Congress change the way it handles trading?

June 25, 2012

View Photo Gallery: The Stock Act: A look at what the law intended to increase financial transparency in Congress does — and doesn’t — do.

Congress created laws that prevent judges and top administration officials from doing official business with companies they invest in, but Congress allows itself to trade in companies affected by pending legislation. The Post found millions of dollars in trades by members of Congress in companies that were lobbying on bills before the lawmakers. Read the full story here.

What do you make of the situation? Should Congress make a change? Vote below and make your argument in the comments for what should be done, if anything.

Read more:

Capitol Assets: A Washington Post Investigation

Facts about the Stock Act

Graphic: Overlapping interests?

Dan Keating analyzes data for projects, stories, graphics and interactives. He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer at The Miami Herald for exposing vote fraud, and a team that was a Pulitzer finalist the year before for uncovering police fraud.
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