Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Think Tanks vs. Political Intelligence Firms

How are think tanks different from political intelligence firms, a $100+ million industry getting lots of attention since the introduction of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act?

This article in Pensions & Investments describes it like this:
Unlike more traditional policy researchers and think tanks, political intelligence firms do less analysis and more direct information gathering to address investors' specific concerns. Their staffs have backgrounds that typically include stints on Capitol Hill or at federal agencies like the Federal Reserve or Treasury Department that give both an insider's perspective and access.