Congress passed changes in 2007 limiting lobbying by their relatives but left a lot of room for the practice.
A Washington Post investigation finds that, contrary to many popular perceptions, lawmakers don’t get rich by merely being in Congress. Rich people who go to Congress, though, keep getting richer while they’re there.
An in-depth, interactive look at the personal wealth of members of Congress - how they made it and how they handle their finances.
Seventy-three members of Congress have pushed legislation in recent years that could benefit businesses or industries in which they or their family are involved or invested, according to a Washington Post analysis.
Most lawmakers — but not all — fared better than the average American in recent years.
Since 2004, ethics committees in Congress have moved to censure or reprimand just two lawmakers.
Here’s a look at the current members of Congress who had the highest and lowest estimated wealth in 2010, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics and The Washington Post.
Financial disclosures filed annually by each member were used to estimate the wealth of lawmakers for 2004 through 2010.
One-hundred-thirty members of Congress or their families have traded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of stocks in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a Washington Post analysis has found.
At least 34 members of Congress recast their financial portfolios following phone calls or meetings with high-ranking Treasury Department and Federal Reserve officials during the economic crisis.
Congress members face an appearance of a possible conflict of interest when in 2009 they sold off stock in GameStop, which was being investigated by the Senate.
Some members of Congress send tax dollars to institutions where their spouses, children and parents work, according to an examination of federal disclosure forms and local public records by The Washington Post.
EXCLUSIVE | Thirty-three members of Congress have steered more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are next to or within about two miles of the lawmakers’ own property, according to a Washington Post investigation.