Tom Steyer on Corporations

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO


US government & Trump have been corrupted by corporate money

Steyer defended his recent push for impeachment of President Donald Trump, telling ABC News that "actual democracy," and more public visibility will boost support for Trump's removal. "What we've been pushing for in terms of the argument that this president is the most corrupt in American history and is a danger to the country and the Constitution--that argument we have won," Steyer said. "The only way to actually push this the right way is actual democracy. Get it on TV, let the American people see the facts and let them judge--that hasn't happened," he added.

"We have a broken government that has been corrupted by corporate money. We need to push the power back to the American people, to re-take the democracy and I've been doing that successfully--from the outside--10 years." Steyer said. "The question is, if we're going to take back this democracy, is someone going to lead it who has successfully done it from the outside, or a bunch of people from Washington, D.C.?"

Source: John Verhovek on ABC News on impeaching Trump , Jul 14, 2019

Big-money interests are committed to stopping progress

Steyer said, "I think eighty-two thousand people died last year of drug overdoses. If you think about the drug companies, the banks screwing people on their mortgages-it's thousands of people doing what they're paid to do. Almost every single major intractable problem, at the back of it you see a big-money interest for whom stopping progress, stopping justice, is really important to their bottom line."
Source: The New Yorker magazine on 2020 Democratic primary , Jul 14, 2019

AdWatch: put people before corporations

Few of the other Democratic presidential candidates have hit the television airwaves, and none have committed the amount of money in one buy that Steyer has with his first TV ad buy [which totals] $1.4 million dollars in spending.

In one ad, Steyer focused on his pledge to limit the influence of corporations in politics, an early theme of his candidacy. He has leaned into his outsider status in the starting moments of his campaign.

"We're a get-out-to-the-people, directly-address-the-people organization,'' Steyer told POLITICO. "I've been an outsider this whole time in Democratic politics."

"Tom is running for president because he sees how the broken political system in Washington has failed the American people and has a plan to change it," Steyer's campaign manager said in a statement. "Our campaign is focused on exactly that--creating a United States that puts its people before corporations."

Source: Politico.com AdWatch: 2020 Democratic primary , Jul 10, 2019

Supported 2012 income tax increase for multistate businesses

Source: Ballotpedia.org on California ballot measure voting records , Jul 2, 2019

Trump puts corporate interests ahead of people's interests

Q: During the confirmation hearings for Rex Tillerson and others, you took out attack ads.

Steyer: Those guys disagree with us on almost every point. One of the things we strongly believe is that the people Trump nominated put corporate interests ahead of American interests. We feel it's important to get citizens to be reminded of this common thread: that the new administration doesn't hate working against climate change, they don't hate science--they just love oil and gas profits.

Source: Nick Stockton in Wired.com on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Mar 23, 2017

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CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
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