BOSTON -- In a hypocritical move that flies in the face of Democrats' calls for unity, Sen. Elizabeth Warren today issued a reckless letter to President-elect Donald Trump with a series of demands regarding the makeup of his transition team. The problem is, while Warren rails against the inclusion of Wall Street executives and lobbyists, she's gladly taken campaign contributions from the industry, and has employed corporate lobbyists on her campaign team.
"This silly move is not only the height of hypocrisy, given the fact that Senator Warren takes thousands of dollars from Wall Street types, but it is downright reckless," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Secretary Clinton and President Obama have joined President-elect Trump in calls for unity but Warren's laughable letter is a weak attempt to score cheap points for herself while undermining efforts to unify the country. The only way for anyone to take this letter seriously would be for Warren to return the thousands she has taken from Wall Street, and disavow her previous hiring of corporate lobbyists. Until that happens it is not worth the paper it was printed on."
Warren has accepted thousands in campaign contributions from Wall Street types.
"Warren isn’t free from the industry either. Since she ran for Congress in 2011, she has collected more than $630,000 from individuals in the securities and investment industry, making it the sixth highest industry in political donations to her campaigns. Warren also has received major backing from lawyers and law firms that represent Wall Street interests. $2.3 million in contributions have poured from the sector to her campaign’s coffers, the second most of any industry only behind those who are retired." (Joe Schoffstall, "Warren’s Top Donors Include Individuals From Firms That Represent Corporations," Washington Free Beacon, 6/16/16)Warren previously employed corporate lobbyists. (Timothy Carney, "Warren's corporate lobbyist vs corporate lobbyists," Washington Examiner, 10/31/11)