by Patrick Appel

Scott Adams tries to beat the market:

Has anyone tracked the stocks of companies that donate to politicians to see if those companies beat the market averages? I'd like to see a stock fund comprised of companies that are donating the most money to politicians. If those companies do indeed outperform the market, I want in. Realistically, I don't see this practice ever subsiding, so complaining does no good. Even voting for politicians who say they will fight it does no good. But making money from the companies who corrupt the system seems to make good sense to me. I see no reason that you and I shouldn't get a taste of that action.

Here is a list of the top donors of all time. I'd be curious to see if there is any truth in Adams' pipe dream.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.