Taking the first step toward the Keystone Pipeline, TransCanada recently announced that it will begin building an oil pipeline connecting Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast. That action has the campaign for 11th Congressional District candidate Bill Foster, A Democrat, calling for Congresswoman Judy Biggert to "divest herself of her TransCanada stock."
Reports recently revealed that Biggert, who is running in the Republican primary election for the 11th Congressional District, had advocated and voted for the Keystone Pipeline. The Foster campaign reiterated the call for good government and urged Biggert to sell her shares in TransCanada and clear her conflict of interest.
"We respectfully urge Congresswoman Biggert to divest herself of her TransCanada stock and recuse herself from any votes and public statements about issues that she has a financial interest in,” said Patrick Brown of the Foster campaign in a news release. “Illinois families must be able to have good faith that actions taken in Washington are not influenced by personal financial gain. But, so far, Congresswoman Biggert’s dismissal of this conflict of interest raises more questions than offer assurance of transparency and accountability in Congress.”