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United States of America — Democratic PartyCandidate for President

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Elizabeth Warren

Democratic
Teacher, consumer advocate, U.S. Senator
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • As president, my first priority will be to pass my anti-corruption plan – the most sweeping set of anti-corruption reforms since Watergate – which lays out nearly a hundred ways we can reform our government to put power in the hands of the people.
  • My wealth tax on fortunes above $50 million will generate revenue we can use to invest in universal child care, provide a great public school education, cancel student loan debt, and provide universal free public college and technical school.
  • Defeating the climate crisis will be a top priority in my administration. That’s why I’ve woven Green New Deal policies throughout my plans, which independent economists estimate will create more than 10 million new, green jobs.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Teacher, consumer advocate, U.S. Senator
U.S. Senator from Massachuestts, United States Senate — Elected position (2013–current)
Lecturer in Law, Professor of Law, Rutgers University, University of Houston, University of Texas-Austin, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University (1977–2013)
Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the, Executive Branch — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Chair, Congressional Oversight Panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program — Appointed position (2008–2010)
Commission Reporter, National Bankruptcy Review Commission — Appointed position (1995–1997)

Education

Rutgers Law School Juris Doctor, Law (1976)
University of Houston Bachelors of Science, Speech Pathology and Audiology (1970)

Community Activities

Member, Commission on Economic Inclusion, FDIC (2007–2010)

Biography

I grew up in Oklahoma on the ragged edge of the middle class. My daddy sold fencing and carpeting at Montgomery Ward, and ended up as a janitor. I have three older brothers who served in the military, and my oldest brother was career Air Force.

When I was twelve, my daddy suffered a heart attack. He was out of work for a long time and the medical bills piled up. We lost the family station wagon and were about an inch away from losing our home, when my mother got a minimum wage job answering the phones at Sears. Back then, a minimum wage job could support a family of three. That job saved our home, and it saved our family.

I’ve spent my whole career studying why America’s middle class has been hollowed out. I’ve taken on giant corporate special interests like big banks and credit card companies that cheat consumers and undermine small businesses. I’ve gone after shady for-profit schools that rip off students, veterans, and taxpayers. I’ve fought to end the influence of big money in politics.

 

In our country, everyone ought to be able to take care of themselves and the people they love. That should be the fundamental promise of America. This is deeply personal to me because I got a real taste of opportunity. I've known what I wanted to do since I was in second grade. I wanted to be a teacher. And it was the University of Houston, which cost just $50 a semester, that gave me my chance. I got to become a teacher, a law professor, and the senior senator from Massachusetts because America invested in kids like me. I’m in this fight to build an America that works for everyone.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $126,685,999

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Google
$471,948
2
Employees of Harvard University
$156,828
3
Employees of Apple
$156,816
4
Employees of Microsoft
$143,055
5
Employees of United States Department of Defense
$127,287

More information about contributions

By State:

California 23.31%
Massachusetts 10.64%
New York 10.61%
Washington 6.13%
Other 49.30%
23.31%10.64%10.61%49.30%

By Size:

Large contributions (47.50%)
Small contributions (52.50%)
47.50%52.50%

By Type:

From organizations (0.01%)
From individuals (99.99%)
99.99%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

America’s middle class has been deliberately hollowed out and the wealthy and well-connected have tilted the system in their favor. After decades of largely flat wages and exploding household costs, millions of families are hanging on by their fingernails—all while corporate profits and wealth inequality have soared. The squeeze is even worse for people of color, who have been shut out of their chance to build wealth for generations and face systemic discrimination to this day. And our society and economy demand so much of women, with a particular burden on women of color. To make our country work for the people, we need big, structural solutions -- not tweaks and nudges. The time for small ideas is over. 

When I am president, we’ll attack corruption in Washington head on by passing the most aggressive set of anti-corruption proposals since Watergate. My plan will slam shut the revolving door between big business and government and end lobbying as we know it – because our government should work for everyone, not just the billionaires, lobbyists, and big corporations at the top. Building an America that reflects our values also means elevating the voices of those who have traditionally been overlooked and underserved. We’ve got to make sure everyone has a seat at the table and I will do that in a Warren administration. 

We have a chance to unite – unite as Democrats, but also with independents and Republicans who are sick of living in a country that's working great for the politicians that cozy up to wealthy donors, working great for the lobbyists, working great for the corporate executives, but just not working for everyone else. Americans don’t want a tweak here or a nibble there. They want big, structural change. They want a government that works for them and their families. This campaign is about identifying what’s broken, having a plan to fix it, and then building a grassroots movement to win in 2020 and make the change that’s needed come January 2021.

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