In the wake of the report from the NRDC’s Scott Dodd which revealed that current UN Ambassador and potential new Secretary of State Susan Rice owned millions of stock in Transcanada, the company that wants to build the Keystone Pipeline, we wanted to dig deeper.
In particular, we wanted to take a peek at which stocks boast the most holders in Congress.
As it turns out, the wizards at OpenSecrets have a page set up that shows just that.
Here are the results. First, overall holdings (as of 2010):
To be sure, it’s difficult to draw lines of cause and effect. Most of these are fairly blue-chip stocks.
We do know that GE pays an unknown amount of corporate income taxes (possibly zero).
At the same time, Congress did pass an insider trading ban this spring.
Still, a good list to keep in mind when big votes come up.