A closer look, however, shows that in 2005 he dabbled in two obscure stocks -- Skyterra Communications (SKYT) and AVI Biopharma (AVII) -- that happened to get large amounts of revenue from a source with which Obama has some familiarity: the federal government.
Aside from sharing the same deep-pocketed benefactor, the two have one more thing in common. They both provide services in an area that has become a hot-button issue on Capitol Hill and with the electorate: homeland security.
"Homeland Security is a field that has really sprung up in the years following the
To be sure, it's not uncommon to find elected officials in Congress who hold investments in companies that receive federal funding or provide testimony to their legislative committees. In fact, it's hard to find any politicians with money in the stock market who aren't at least indirectly invested in a major government contractor, such as General Electric (GE - Get Report) or Boeing (BA - Get Report).