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Congressional stock holdings

Executive branch officials must divest themselves of holdings in industries their agencies oversee. Judges are required by law to recuse themselves from lawsuits involving companies in which they have ownership. But members of Congress can sit on committees overseeing industries in which they invest. This interactive graphic provides a breakdown of holdings by lawmakers on certain committees. The data covers 2008, the most recent available for review. To conform to that, committee assignments are as of 2008.

Depiction in this graphic does not suggest wrongdoing by a member of Congress. Under current ethics guidelines, all holdings and investments cited here fall within the rules.

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SOURCES: Washington Post data analysis, CREDIT: Laura Stanton, Dan Keating, Karen Yourish and Kat Downs - The Washington Post, June 12, 2010.
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Some congressional panels have high concentrations of shares in sectors they oversee.

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