Do you consider who is in power and what the policies are before investing? For example, would you invest in green technologies knowing that the Obama Administration wants to push that agenda? Would you avoid an investment in BP or other oil companies because the Obama Administration wants to move away from fossil fuels?
Another way someone might invest politically is to buy stocks in large amounts to help the economy when your favorite party is in power. I know some people who took a look at their portfolios and removed investments in military companies when George W. Bush was making misleading arguments for why we needed to invade Iraq.
I suppose another way to invest politically is to just send money to your favorite candidate. This is a terrible return for your money, yet many people invest in candidates because they want to support the policies that would be put in place should thier candidate win. I suppose this make more financial sense for Republicans since their candidates usually take action that leads to big tax breaks and looser regulations for businesses. Republicans might see a more tangible financial return from a poltical campaign investment, but liberals mainly see a return from their contribution when other people get help.
What do you think?
Are you a political investor in any of these ways?