Republicans and Democrats agree on these stocks


Republicans and Democrats disagree on practically everything these days, even on their personal investments, according to an analysis by MapLight, a nonpartisan organization that tracks money and politics.

Overall, members of the 113th Congress members invested big in the tech sector, with Microsoft, Apple, IBM, AT&T and Verizon in the top 10.

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General Electric took the top spot, with 69 members reporting ownership of shares. Congress members placed their largest bets on Proctor & Gamble, where the maximum value of the investment was $35 million.

(Source: MapLight)

In general, Republicans were much more likely to hold stocks than their Democrat counterparts, according to the report.

Among the top 80 companies in which lawmakers invested as of September, Republicans outnumbered Democrats in 78. Facebook and Honeywell were solely held by Democrats, respectively 10 and 12.

Republicans and Democrats did agree on life insurance provider Metlife and Vodafone, the British telecom giant. An equal number invested in these companies, 11 and 12, respectively.

Republicans and Democrats almost found common ground in Microsoft (29-28), Disney (19-18) and Intel (21-20).

MapLight's report is based the analysis of annual financial disclosures by the 435 members of the House and the 100 members of the Senate.

"Citizens need information on which stocks each member of Congress owns to help them decide if members of Congress are acting in the public interest, or their own self interest," said Daniel Newman, co-founder of MapLight.

The public disclosures were mandated under the STOCK Act, a bipartisan bill that prevents members of Congress from trading stocks based on inside information.

President Barack Obama signed the the act into law in in 2012 in an attempt to curb "destructive influence of money in politics" and encourage more trust between officials and the public, according to the White House website.

"Members of Congress act every day on decisions which will earn, or cost, companies billions of dollars," Newman said.