Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Addresses Lawmakers Profiting Off Stocks


Elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently pointed out that Congress allows lawmakers to trade large sums of money in stocks, yet prohibits these same individual from moving in with a friend free of charge. Ocasio-Cortez noted some of the various “loopholes” that allow politicians to use Congressional privilege to their advantage. “... House Ethics Rules prevent me from receiving a $100 gift card, or crashing at a place as I wait for rent [money], but somehow allow members w/ investment portfolios to write laws that will personally enrich them $1000s in their own stocks; potentially millions,” she stated in a recent tweet. Other politicians such Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Sherrod Brown of Ohio have also brought these issues to light, and are currently introducing the Ban Conflicted Trading Act to ban members of Congress from trading individual stocks. All in all, Ocasio-Cortez sharing this issue on Twitter reflects on how essential social media is when addressing activist issues, and how individuals can change the world through their phone screens.

For Further Reading

Last week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the freshmen lawmaker orientation at Harvard for promoting tax cuts for corporations. Click here to read more about it.

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