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June 24, 2012


Lawmakers Regularly Trade Stocks Involved in Legislation

"One-hundred-thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules," a Washington Post analysis has found.

"Almost one in every eight trades -- 5,531 -- intersected with legislation. The 130 lawmakers traded stocks or bonds in companies as bills passed through their committees or while Congress was still considering the legislation. The party affiliation of the lawmakers was almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, 68 to 62."












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