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==Personal Gain Index==
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==Congressional Personal Gain Index==
 
[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|center|240px]]
 
[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|center|240px]]
The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.<br>
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The "Congressional Personal Gain Index" (PGI) is a four-part index that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have personally benefitted from their tenure as public servants. It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:<br>
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:
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*Net worth
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The four indexes captured within the Personal Gain Index are:
**How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
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*Increases in net worth
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**How much has a member's net worth increased or decreased during his or her time as a congressional incumbent?
 
*The K-Street metric
 
*The K-Street metric
**What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
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**What percentage of a member's staff were lobbyists immediately prior to and immediately after their time on the member's staff?
 
*Donation concentration
 
*Donation concentration
**What industries are contributing the most to each member?
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**"Donation concentration" refers to the extent that donations to an incumbent come from related groups, such as "casinos", "the timber industry", "public employee unions", "insurance groups" and so on. This index measures the extent to which donations to an incumbent have become more concentrated during the tenure in office.
 
*Stock trading
 
*Stock trading
 
**What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?
 
**What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

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Government Accountability Institute
Tallahassee, FL
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Organization Profile
Type: 501(C)(3)
Founder(s):Peter Schweizer
Website:Official website
The Government Accountability Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a group focused on identifying government corruption. The organization was founded and is led by Peter Schweizer.

The mission statement of the association is:

To investigate and expose crony capitalism, misues of taxpayer monies, and other government corruption or malfeasance.[1]

Congressional Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png

The "Congressional Personal Gain Index" (PGI) is a four-part index that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefitted from their tenure as public servants. It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

The four indexes captured within the Personal Gain Index are:

  • Increases in net worth
    • How much has a member's net worth increased or decreased during his or her time as a congressional incumbent?
  • The K-Street metric
    • What percentage of a member's staff were lobbyists immediately prior to and immediately after their time on the member's staff?
  • Donation concentration
    • "Donation concentration" refers to the extent that donations to an incumbent come from related groups, such as "casinos", "the timber industry", "public employee unions", "insurance groups" and so on. This index measures the extent to which donations to an incumbent have become more concentrated during the tenure in office.
  • Stock trading
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

Net worth

GAI used data provided by OpenSecrets.org to analyze how the net worth of each member has increased from the first available set of data (2004) or when the member was first elected (if after 2004) to the latest data (2012). With the numbers adjusted for inflation, this data affords constituents the ability to see the real increase (or decrease) of each member's net worth since entering Congress. If a particular member did not make the top or bottom lists, please see the member's Ballotpedia profile for his or her chart which will show the percentage change.

Average net worth increase

As a member of the U.S. Congress, a senator or representative can expect his or her net worth to increase in eight years by an average of:

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Because of Rep. Chellie Pingree's drastic net worth increase due to marriage, Ballotpedia removed Pingree when calculating the average net worth increase.

Greatest gains

The below ten senators and representatives experienced the highest net worth increase in the years 2004-2012.

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Biggest losses

The below ten senators and representatives experienced the most drastic net worth decreases in the years 2004-2012.

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Recent news

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  1. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.