In an upcoming interview, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he supports banning congressional stock trading, and cited his experience as a member of the House.
“I’m a three-term congressman,” Republican presidential candidate Brian Sullivan told CNBC, according to a transcript sent to the network ahead of Monday night’s airing of the interview. “I sold all my stock before I came in because I was doing business every day – not because I had a lot of money, but I was going to do it. I just put it off because the thing is, if I sell something, someone will say there might be a vote there. And I don’t want to see inappropriate looks. “
But the Republican presidential candidate’s financial disclosure reports show that DeSantis continues to hold small amounts of stock in two companies — Sirius XM Holdings Inc. transaction while in Congress, reporting that he transferred money from a Scottrade brokerage account to his bank accounts in 2016.
DeSantis’ 2018 financial disclosure form filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics also shows a Scottrade brokerage account holding $1,851 in US Steel stock and $1,716 in Sirius XM stock.
DeSantis appears to have sold most of his stocks before taking office — his 2012 disclosure form as a congressional candidate showed holdings worth between $1,001 and $15,000 in companies like Altria and ExxonMobil and the sale of shares in other companies and exchange-traded funds. But he held US Steel and Sirius XM.