One study found that politically connected hedge funds beat their equivalent nonpolitical counterparts by about 2% per month.15
Complex bills that are hundreds or even thousands of pages long can contain a single sentence or word that translates into money and that can influence how a politician votes.
during the critical votes on the subprime-mortgage bailout and subsequent matters related to the financial crisis of 2008, a key factor in how members of Congress voted was whether they held stock in banks and in the financial sector.
Thomas Jefferson could write, as he did in 1807 to Count Jules Diodati, "I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands as clean as they are empty."18