Tracking the financial interests of members of Congress just got a bit easier.
Financial disclosure forms went online this week for senators and representatives, as well as candidates for the House and Senate, as required under a new law aimed at stopping congressional insider trading.
Reports now made available online include information about the source, type, amount, or value of the incomes of members of Congress and candidates, including investments and jobs outside their work for the government.
The House had published those reports online since 2008 for members, but records for senators and candidates were previously only available in paper form on Capitol Hill, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a group that tracks money in politics.
The Center for Responsive Politics also noted that the public can see more regular disclosure of personal financial transactions by members of Congress, because the new law requires that purchases and sales of securities be reported within 30 to 45 days instead of annually.
Some filings of more than 1,000 executive branch officials have been online at the Office of Government Ethics since March, part of further requirements of the STOCK Act, short for the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.
Those records include financial interests of U.S. attorneys, assistant attorneys general and U.S. marshals.