Elizabeth Warren’s corporate advocacy past could ding image as working-class champion

Can America afford the 2020 presidential hopeful’s ambitious plan? King’s College business and economics professor Brian Brenberg weighs in.

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren climbs in Democratic presidential polls, touting an image as the champion of the working class against powerful corporations, it’s only a matter of time before she faces renewed questions about her history advocating on behalf of the kinds of corporations she now vilifies.

That work predated her time in the Senate. She helped LTV Steel in its effort to dodge paying employee benefits in 1995; helped defend the Travelers Insurance company in a 2009 Supreme Court case against consumer asbestos claims and did bankruptcy consulting work for Dow Chemical after a lawsuit by thousands of women with allegedly faulty breast implants that caused health problems.

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