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Research Shows Growing Conflict-of-Interest Problem in Congress

From 2005 to 2010, the average S&P 500 firm had seven members of Congress who owned stock in the firm, and some companies had closer to 100 members owning stock, according to a new study co-authored by a management professor at the University of Arkansas. The study also found that firms in which a greater percentage of lawmakers invest in a given year performed significantly better the subsequent year. “Each percentage of congressional membership owning stock was worth about a 1 percent improvement in return on assets,” said Jason Ridge, assistant professor of management in Sam M. Walton College...

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