The Lemons-Out-Of-Lemonade Award
U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes
A lot of people in Hayes’ district were crushed by news that Phillip Morris was leaving the building, taking with it more than 2,500 jobs and a substantial chunk of Concord’s tax base. Hayes, however, had a golden parachute (of sorts) that most workers would envy: The heir to the Cannon textile fortune owns more than $4.9 million in stock from Altria Group, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (Altria is the parent company of Phillip Morris.) When news of the closure hit Wall Street in June, Altria’s stock price shot up. Ka-ching!