Congress wrote the rules for this country and made sure that those rules do not apply to themselves. The corporate insiders that have access to non-public information that could affect the stock price, could be a criminal offense. Remember hedge fund manager Rodge Radham who recently got a 11 year sentence in prison for doing it. Lawmakers have no corporate responsibilities and have been exempt from insider trading laws even though they have access to non-public information and plenty of opportunities.
In 2005, Speaker Hastert got a $207 Million Federal earmark to build a prairie parkway through cornfields near his home. He bought up land adjacent to where the highway was supposed to go before anyone knew of the plans to build. Five months after the plans were revealed to the general public, he sold that land for a $2 Million profit. His neighbors were furious as we should be. He now works as a lobbyist in Washington. This bastard doesn’t have enough money? He has to get corporate lobbyist money too?
In essence, corporate executives, members of the executive branch and all federal judges are subject to strict conflict of interest policies but not the people that write the laws.