After failing to win re-election as a Florida Representative in 2010, Alan Grayson started a hedge fund in 2011 — a spot on his resume that raised eyebrows when he was re-elected in 2012. While Grayson's role running a hedge fund as a sitting member of the House has already led to an investigation by the House Committee on Ethics, emails obtained by The New York Times show the extent to which Grayson's jobs were intertwined "and how he promoted his international travels, some with congressional delegations, to solicit business."
Grayson's hedge fund, which until recently had operations in the Cayman Islands, is questionable as well. Grayson has reportedly boasted about traveling to "every country" in the world while creating investment strategies that took advantage of companies suffering because of economic or political turbulence.
[A] hedge fund marketing document cited a quote attributed to an early member of the Rothschild banking family in advising that "the time to buy is when there's blood in the streets."
Mr. Grayson defended his approach. "What creates the opportunity is when people overreact to something bad happening," he said.
At least some of Mr. Grayson's global travel has been paid for by the United States government, congressional records show. Mr. Grayson has traveled in official congressional delegations to Finland, Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, according to a tally of those records by LegiStorm, a website that assembles data on Congress. He has also traveled to Israel on an official trip paid for by a private group, according to LegiStorm. [The New York Times]
According to House rules, lawmakers are not allowed to hold outside jobs that make more than $27,495, although Grayson has said he didn't report any earned income from the fund despite some investors that would have been paying management fees. Read the full report in The New York Times.
Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that Grayson ran his hedge fund during his 2009-2011 years representing Florida's 8th congressional district. Grayson began the hedge fund in 2011, after he had left Congress and before his 2012 re-election. Jeva Lange