Financial advisors can be very creative about the fees they charge to clients in the distribution of investment instruments. Do you know what you are paying for? Are your advisor's interests aligned with yours?
The basic lifeblood of a democracy is information. And in a system of privately funded elections, it is essential to have real-time information on where candidates are getting their money. Knowing this tells us something about what they stand for, and whom they are spending their time with.
If we are going to restore the trust the American people have in Congress and rebuild their faith in government, increasing transparency and accountability in many aspects of how Washington does business is imperative. The STOCK Act is just a start.