Each year, the Center for Responsive Politics analyzes the finances of the members of the U.S. Congress, revealing those with the highest and lowest net worth as well as their investments, liabilities and other sources of income.
Senators and House members are required to file annual disclosures of their holdings and investments, which reveal where they are placing their money. The disclosures do not list specific figures but provide a range of values for individual holdings—for example, one asset could be listed as “between $1 million and $5 million.” Assets listed here are ranked first by the number of members currently invested in each stock and then by the maximum collective value of their holdings in the case of a tie.
Recently, several high ranking members of Congress have been criticized for their stock purchases and have been accused of insider trading, allegations they deny. However, it is likely interesting for investors to know which stocks their lawmakers have personal interest in.
So, which stocks are the most widely held by members of the Congress? Click ahead to find out.
By Paul Toscano and Eamon Javers
Posted 15 Nov 2011