|Member of Congress||Minimum Value of Investment||Maximum Value of Investment|
|Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass)||$28,872,067||$38,209,020|
|Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)||$12,081,050||$49,140,000|
|Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC)||$9,232,037||$37,105,000|
|Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis)||$5,207,668||$7,612,653|
|Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif)||$2,684,050||$6,260,000|
|Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich)||$2,469,029||$8,360,000|
|Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa)||$2,000,002||$2,000,002|
|Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis)||$1,365,004||$5,800,000|
|Rep. Kenny Ewell Marchant (R-Texas)||$1,163,231||$1,163,231|
|Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)||$1,000,001||$5,000,000|
As the Petraeus-Crocker hearings approach on Capitol Hill next week, a new study from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) finds that 151 members of Congress hold combined assets of up to nearly $200 million in defense-related companies, writing:
According to the most recent reports of their personal finances, 151 current members of Congress had between $78.7 million and $195.5 million invested in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. In all, these companies received more than $275.6 billion from the government in 2006, or $755 million per day, according to FedSpending.org, a website of the budget watchdog group OMB Watch.
The table above shows the estimated top ten lawmakers' holdings in the defense sector. Although the CRP writes that "hawks and doves," as well as Republicans and Democrats, are equally invested in the defense sector, the public affairs watchdog suggests that legislators may face a conflict of interest as they discuss Iraq policy.
See the full report here on the CRP website.