Rep. Flake Urges Reforms

What does “financial interest” mean?  According to this Hill article, Rep. Jeff Flake has one approach that might broaden the traditional view of what is a financial interest.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has asked the House Ethics committee to deem political contributions a “financial interest.” Under House rules, lawmakers cannot submit earmarks if they have a financial interest in the business benefiting from the earmark.

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