To: Presidential Candidates

Presidential Candidates: Reduce Wall Street's Influence in Government

All candidates for president should make clear that they learned the right lessons from the financial crisis by reducing the power of Wall Street insiders in government and on their campaigns. We need a Treasury Secretary, Attorney General, SEC Chair, NEC Director, FTC Chair, FCTC Chair, and other appointees who have demonstrated a strong commitment toward holding Wall Street accountable and fighting for the public. And Americans deserve to see this commitment now with the appointment of progressive economic thinkers to key campaign policy positions.

Why is this important?

Friday at the Netroots Nation conference, in one of the most powerful speeches of her career, Elizabeth Warren challenged power -- calling for fewer Wall Street insiders appointed to top government positions, while also calling out structural racism and declaring Black Lives Matter.

She told those present, "Anyone who wants to be President should appoint only people who have already demonstrated they are independent, who have already demonstrated that they can hold giant banks accountable, who have already demonstrated that they embrace the kind of ambitious economic policies that we need to rebuild opportunity and a strong middle class in this country."

Earlier this week, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee teamed up with Democracy for America on this very issue -- asking all presidential candidates to promise an Attorney General, Treasury Secretary, and other appointees who will fight for the little guy and challenge power.

Elizabeth Warren continued, "The only way that candidates for President -- or for any office -- will slow down the revolving door, the only way candidates will say 'enough is enough' is if you -- YOU -- demand that they say it."

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