With the reports of Capitol Hill elected who sold off stocks upon receiving important COVID-19 information before the public, it’s pertinent to note that our elected are required to disclose their personal financial transactions (see: STOCK Act) and make them available to the public.
The power of public office carries with it the perennial desire to use the power for financial gain. If financial disclosure reports don’t paint an adequate—and importantly, accurate—picture of a government official’s financial interests, the public can’t know if those officials are acting impartially.
— Campaign Legal Center, 10/26/18
Like most databases, you only get out of them what was input.
For example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) released their transactions for 2019 0r 2020.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D)
New York Senator Charles Schumer (D)
California Representative Kevin McCarthy (R)
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr (R)
Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler (R)
California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D)
Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar (D)
Washington Senator Patty Murray (D)
Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R)
Texas Representative Frederica Wilson (D)
Illinois Representative Rashida Tlaib (D)
New York Representative Jerrold Nadler (D)
Virginia Representative Don Beyer (D)
Ohio Representative Jim Jordan (R)
Missouri Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D)
Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley (D)
Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D)
North Carolina Senator Mark Meadows (R)
California Representative Barbara Lee (D)
Florida Representative Alcee Hastings (D)
Maryland Senator Steny Hoyer (D)
Illinois Representative Bobby Rush (D)
New Hampshire Senator Susan Collins (R)
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R)
New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D)
Florida Representative Donna Shalala (D)
New Hampshire Senator Elizabeth Warren (D)
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D)
California Senator Kamala Harris (D)
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)
Maybe some were too busy impeaching President Trump, but you get the idea and see the pattern.
As far as the pundit/media catcalls for Republican senators to resign, let’s be consistent (although we know that won’t happen) and acknowledge this as a bipartisan issue come back to bite….
President Obama quietly signed S. 716, which repealed a requirement of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (the bipartisan bill aimed at halting insider trading by members of Congress) requiring roughly 28,000 senior government officials to post their financial information online. Both chambers of Congress quickly — and near silently — approved the repeal legislation at the end of last week by unanimous consent, just before heading home to their districts.
— The Hill, 4/15/13
Let’s see EVERY Capitol Hill politician’s books. Seeing how well Democrats project, it’s a safe bet that outing a few Republicans is to mask the possible unethical activities of a whole lot more Democrats who blew off their opportunity to be open with the American people.