Monday, November 14, 2011

Bachus Traded While Attending Secret Meetings

Congress is exempt from insider trading laws? Wow.--SS

Bachus Traded While Attending Secret Meetings:

The 60 Minutes report last night on insider trading by lawmakers and their staffs was inspired by a new book out this week, Throw Them All Out, written by conservative activist Peter Schweizer.

Dave Weigel notes one of the "ugliest revelations" in the book is the degree to which Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), then ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, bet against the stock market as it collapsed in 2008.

Schweizer details "no less than forty options trades" in Bachus's records from July 2008 to November 2008 as he sat in secretive meetings with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke -- Blackberries and phones were confiscated to avoid leaks -- to discuss the state of the financial markets. The trades "made him wealthier" as "almost nobody else had the information he had."

And it's all perfectly legal since Congress is exempt from insider trading laws.

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