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You, Too, Can Buy a Congressman!

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But last week, Montana Representative at-large Ryan Zinke introduced a rider to the House budget bill that blocks the Obama administration's new rule on royalties.

Which means Ryan Zinke is churning out big returns for his fossil-fuel company investors.

And what did it cost them, you may ask?

Well, according to Open Secrets, oil, gas and coal companies donated at least $43,000 to Zincke's campaign. That's more than 10 percent of Ryan Zincke's total contributions from Political Action Committees.

And what are the companies getting in return? They're avoiding paying $19 million a year for taking that coal from you and me and the rest of the US, which owns the public lands.

Over the last two years, they've made $38 million on a $43,000 investment.

So Ryan Zincke's investors are seeing a rate of return that's over 86,000 percent.

That's incredible! And it's an investment tip you're only going to learn about here.

Because the big TV networks do the same thing with their lobbyists, so they're not going to talk about it!

So how do you get in on that kind of action?

Well, that's the real problem. Not every politician is so cheap. And most Americans just don't have the disposable income to invest in a politician every two years anyway.

Therefore, most Americans today can't invest in buying politicians the same way as corporations and billionaires.

But we could harness the power of the stock market to fix that.

All we have to do is set up an exchange-traded fund for owning sellout politicians.

That way, the average American can invest in politicians and reap the same benefits as our country's lobbyists.

It makes sense in the context of the Supreme Court's ruling that buying politicians is the same thing as political speech and thus protected by the First Amendment.

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