Nylig kom det frem at 49 medlemmer av Kongressen har brutt reglene for innsidehandel: De har handlet verdipapirer ut fra kunnskap om hva som skulle skje. Men Nancy Pelosi synes ikke det gjør noe. Hun svarte på spørsmål fra pressen at USA har en fri markedsøkonomi og da må det være lov for alle å handle aksjer.
Kommentaren har utløst reaksjoner, selv blant flere Demokrater.
Har innsidehandel noe med et fritt marked å gjøre?
A new Business Insider report revealed 49 members of Congress failed to correctly report their stock trades which is required under the STOCK Act.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle failed to disclose stock trades.
Citing Business Insider, a reporter asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if members of Congress should be banned from trading stocks.
“Should members of congress and their spouses be banned from trading individual stocks while serving in Congress?” a reporter asked Pelosi.
Pelosi defended the herself and other lawmakers.
“No…We are a free market economy. We are a free-market economy and they should be able to participate in that,” Pelosi said.
REPORTER: «Should members of congress and their spouses be banned from trading individual stocks while serving in congress?»
PELOSI: «No…We are a free market economy. They should be able to participate in that.» pic.twitter.com/2SNqSCwFEU
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) December 15, 2021
Flere Demokrater tok avstand fra denne hvitvaskingen av innsidehandel.
In response, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) tweeted: “No. It cannot be a perk of the job for Members to trade on access to information.”
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) – one of the wealthiest members of Congress thanks to his business career that included leading his family’s distillery as well as the gelato brand Talenti – echoed: “I disagree with the Speaker.”
And Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.), who represents one of the most competitive districts in the nation, wrote that “I disagree strongly” with Pelosi’s stance. “Americans are losing trust in government and we need to show we serve the people, not our personal/political self-interest.”
Pelosi er en av dem som er blitt styrtrik på innsidehandel. Hun og ektemannen er nå god for over 300 mill. dollar.
Denne korrupsjonen er bare en av de ting som har gjort at Pelosis stjerne er fallende. Hun er på vei ut.
Til og med Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez tar avstand fra hennes hvitvasking av korrupsjon.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who has said that she doesn’t hold individual stocks or digital assets, reiterated late Friday that she thinks letting members of Congress trade individual stocks is a bad look.
“There is no reason members of Congress should hold and trade individual stock when we write major policy and have access to sensitive information,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “There are many ways members can invest w/o creating actual or appeared conflict of interest, like thrift savings plans or index funds.”