We are money-in-politics reporters at Sludge, and we have created the only comprehensive data set of U.S. representatives’ stock holdings and financial investments. Ask us about your representative’s investments and we’ll give you a personalized m...
Members of Congress routinely buy and sell stocks in companies that are impacted by their official actions, yet journalists hardly ever report on these conflicts of interest. Sludge has assembled a comprehensive data set of the financial holdings of every member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and we’re close to having the same for the Senate. It’s a huge data set full of potential conflicts of interest, and Congress doesn’t make it available in bulk because they don’t want their stock sales to be easily searchable and trackable by the public.
Ask us about your representative and we’ll tell you about their financial holdings and some of the conflicts they may present for their work in Congress. We’ll give you a short report so you know more about your rep. Here’s a handy link to look up your U.S. rep by zip code and street address.
We are currently running a kickstarter to launch a 100% reader-funded climate desk, which will draw heavily from the personal financial disclosures database we have assembled: http://kck.st/2SS7aWD
Update, 3-29-19 - we're working our way through reps today (Friday) and over the weekend! This has been a blast. Thank you to everyone for asking questions about conflicts of interest by the people who write federal legislation.