Should Congressional stock trading be banned? It’s January 2022, and Americans are divided. My guest today is Dave Levinthal, the deputy Washington Bureau chief for Insider. His team published the "Conflicted Congress" reporting project, helping to reveal financial conflicts of interest and hypocrisy among the US House and Senate. More than 9000 financial-disclosure reports were reviewed to inform Americans of the many moments when lawmakers' personal finances clash with their public duties. In this episode we discuss how researching Congressional stock trading is intentionally made difficult by the government, the most eye-opening findings from the report, how members of Congress reacted to this negative publicity, Nancy Pelosi’s response defending this trading, and more. Whether you agree or disagree with today’s guest, I invite you to join me with an open mind as we work to heal the division on Congressional stock trading.
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