Deborah Ross, the Democratic challenger for Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s seat in the Senate, has criticized Burr for being a Washington insider.
In their recent debate, she said Burr “was one of only three senators who voted against a ban on insider trading for members of Congress. And he called that vote brave."
Burr has said his opposition to the 2012 bill Ross was talking about is being blown way out of proportion, since it wouldn’t have actually changed anything.
“North Carolinians did not send me to Washington to duplicate existing law, and that’s in fact what the STOCK Act did,” he said.
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That’s not right, so PolitiFact North Carolina rated Ross’ claim as True.
Read more about what the law did – as well as the confusion surrounding whether members of Congress were allowed to participate in insider trading prior to 2012, and how well their investments beat the stock market – in the full fact-check here.
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PolitiFact North Carolina
Speaker: Deborah Ross
Statement: Says Richard Burr “was one of only three senators who voted against a ban on insider trading for members of Congress. And he called that vote brave.”
Ruling: She’s right, and Burr’s counter-argument doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. We rate this claim True.