Want to elect a legislator who is devoted to the free market? Don't elect someone wealthy. Each year the Competitive Enterprise Institute rates members of Congress on their commitment to free enterprise as reflected in votes on federal taxes, spending, and regulation. REASON looked at the scores of the 10 richest members of the House of Representatives, as estimated by Roll Call, and found that their scores were noticeably lower than those of their less affluent brethren. The average House score was 38, but the average for the 10 richest legislators was 24.
This article originally appeared in print under the headline "Robber Barons".