Elizabeth Warren admits she pocketed $2 million from legal practice, which included anti-consumer representation
Under pressure from Buttigieg campaign, Warren releases financial information. The biggest problem is not that Warren made millions, but that much of it was made fighting the people she now claims to champion.
The history of Elizabeth Warren’s political scandals is that she initially releases only the information she thinks people already know. When doubt is cast on her story and the controversy doesn’t disappear, she tries to get ahead of the issue with an information release which is incomplete. When even more doubt is cast, Warren repeats the tactic.
That was the pattern in Warren’s Native American scandal.
After initially denying knowing why Harvard Law School touted her as its first Native American tenured professor, Warren spent 7 years with a series of incomplete and questionable defenses, leading up to the disastrous 2018 DNA test. Only when facing political collapse, and having run out of defenses after 7 years, did Warren issue obviously contrived and deceptively-worded non-apology apologies.
That also has been Warren’s pattern with regard to her private law practice while a law professor at Harvard, representing, among others, major corporations against consumers, employees, and the people Warren politically claims to champion.
In 2012, Warren issued a list of 10 cases she worked on, and we proved her list was incomplete, including her representation of Dow Chemical against breast implant litigants. In 2019, as major newspapers began to investigate, Warren upped the list to over 50 matters. But Warren never released information as to how much money she made. I estimated it in the millions.
This was a problem not just because Warren kept secret how much she made, but because her corporate law practice was at odds with her political narrative, as we documented:
- Elizabeth Warren issues incomplete list of cases (2012)
- Elizabeth Warren helped protect Dow Chemical against breast implant claims (2012)
- Elizabeth Warren’s implausible Dow Chemical claim (2012)
- Elizabeth Warren represented large utility seeking to liquidate rural electric cooperative (2012)
- Elizabeth Warren’s implausible Dow Chemical claim (2012)
- Elizabeth Warren held asbestos workers hostage to inter-corporate fight (2012)
- Documenting another Elizabeth Warren fib — Fairchild Aircraft case (2012)
- Elizabeth Warren tries to get ahead of her law practice problems with pre-holiday weekend info dump (2019)
- WaPo confirms: As lawyer, Elizabeth Warren worked to limit Dow Chemical’s liability to breast implant victims (2019)
- Legal Representation of Major Corporations (ElizabethWarrenWiki)
We recently covered how Pete Buttigieg’s campaign was raising the issue of Elizabeth Warren’s corporate practice, and calling on her to release how much she made, Buttigieg Senior Advisor hits Elizabeth Warren secrecy over $millions earned as corporate hired gun.
True to her pattern, Warren’s campaign just release numbers for her legal practice, showing she made just under $2 million. The Hill reports:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)’s presidential campaign on Sunday released updated information on her compensation from her past private legal work, with the total adding up to just under $2 million.
Her campaign’s legal work page now includes an itemized list of legal cases dating back to 1986 on which Warren worked, along with the corresponding sum earned for each case. Financial information for some cases remain unavailable.
“These disclosures include all of the cases Elizabeth Warren worked on that we have been able to identify and all of the income from each case we have been able to determine from public records, Elizabeth Warren’s personal records, and other sources,” the campaign said.
Nothing to see here, move along? Not quite.
The biggest problem is not that Warren made millions, but that much of it was made fighting the people she now claims to champion. The issue is, will any of the Democrat candidates confront Warren at the next debate?
WaPo reporter Annie Linsky reports on Warren’s financial release:
Earlier this year, Warren had released a list of about 50 cases that she worked on, but the descriptions of the work were at times misleading and the amount of income and dates for her work were not included.
While the cases released by Warren’s campaign stretch over more than three decades, the figures disclosed Sunday show that nearly all of the money was made from cases filed after she got her job at Harvard in 1995. (Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012.) …
Warren’s campaign did not release compensation information for all of the cases, reporting in some instances — including a case involving First Commercial Bank — that “the campaign has no compensation records for this case.”
NEW: Elizabeth Warren made nearly $2m as a consultant for corporations and financial firms while she was a law professor, according to records from her campaign. The payments don’t fit neatly with her current brand as a crusader against corporate interests https://t.co/DLqwA1SDK5
— Matt Viser (@mviser) December 9, 2019
The reaction from Warren supporters has been anger, and trying to dodge the questions by pretending the $2 million was earned over 24 years, when almost all of it was in the decade before she ran for Senate, and by playing the sexism card:
Oh no! Elizabeth Warren made $47k a year (after taxes) as a lawyer. What a huge scandal! What's next, a living wage?! The poors not walking through the streets begging for scraps?!
When will this enormous scandal end? https://t.co/McaCKTlUe7
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 9, 2019
You mean Attorney is under paid and not fairly compensated for her work just like all women in the USA who earn less than their male counterparts. #ElizabethWarren
— Renee (@ReneeRevelation) December 9, 2019
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