Friday, June 19, 2020
Daines Fails to Speak Up at Senate Meeting on Unemployment Insurance Same Day He Schmoozes with Wall Street CEO
Helena, MT – As nearly 46 million Americans have faced job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Steve Daines didn’t participate in a meeting on Capitol Hill focusing on unemployment insurance on June 9th. That same day, Daines was chatting it up with Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon. Not only is Goldman Sachs running a paid advertisement featuring Steve Daines, but its PAC also has donated $10,000 to Daines’ reelection campaign.
Instead of focusing on how to help out unemployed Montanans, Daines decided to hang out with a Wall Street executive – but this isn’t the first time Daines decided to put the wealthy and well-connected ahead of working Montanans.
In 2017, Daines voted for a tax plan that overwhelmingly benefited the “extremely wealthy and corporations” and that “could actually make it more attractive” to ship jobs overseas. When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, Daines was looking out for his big-business backers, supporting a corporate slush fund without strong protections to prevent corporations from using aid funds to boost CEO bonuses or buy back stocks.
“Daines has made his priorities crystal clear: he would rather schmooze with a big-bank CEO than focus on the challenges Montanans are facing during this economic downturn,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “Montanans deserve a Senator who cares about them, not one who is more concerned with rubbing elbows with the wealthy and well-connected.”
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