Long criticized for profiting from stock trades that might be based on inside information, members of Congress made a rule that they must disclose trades that may present conflicts of interest. Now those disclosures are showing why disclosure is not enough to keep legislators in line. The New York Times has examined the trading data to uncover thousands of potential conflicts of interest. The wife of one California House Democrat sold Boeing shares a day before his committee released findings on the company's handling of a jet involved in fatal crashes. Some lawmakers say they're getting out of trading individual stocks, to avoid the appearance of impropriety. A better idea would be to make that the law. Private gain sickens public service. –Fletcher Farrar, editor

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Fletcher Farrar

Fletcher Farrar is president of Illinois Times .

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