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Swamp Stories Episode 9: Profiting from Public Service


There’s no question members of Congress have access to information that the public does not have, therefore if you want transparency, if you want open hands and a clean heart, members of Congress, while they’re serving, should not be able to actively trade stock.”

This week’s episode of Issue One’s “Swamp Stories” podcast dives into the issue of insider trading as recent news stories have exposed that some members of Congress dumped and bought stock after receiving classified congressional briefings on COVID-19. 

Listeners will hear from:

  • Former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chair, about his refusal to buy or sell stock while in office, and his belief that lawmakers should not financially benefit from their public service.
  • Meredith McGehee, Issue One’s Executive Director, about the history of insider trading rules and what actions Congress can take now to stop it.

Public service is about representing your constituents, not profiting from your office. Members of Congress should not use their positions of power for personal financial gain.

Listen to this week’s episode, “Profiting from Public Service,” for what Congress can do to put an end to these conflicts of interest.