Chuck Schumer has always lived at the intersection of Big Money and Big Government. He regularly leads the Senate in raising funds from the biggest industries. His former top staffers are now Wall Street lobbyists and his top fundraisers. Now, Schumer is in line to be the Senate majority leader. If you think policymaking dovetails too much with fundraising, wait until Schumer is running the upper chamber.
To brush up on Schumer, I’ll link some of my pieces on him below, but definitely start with this thorough profile by Jason Horowitz at the Washington Post:
Schumer’s political power in Washington has always rested on the local pillars of voracious fundraising and manic courtship of the media
Here’s some of my work on the man:
- In 2005 I commented on his corporate fundraising: “Liberal Chuck Schumer Hauls in Cash from Corporate America“
- A year later, I went deeper into that same topic: “Schumer’s Way.”
- Schumer called on the hedge funds to start lobbying more, in 2007 — and of course to start giving more to Democratic politicians: “Schumer, Democrats, show hedge funds the ropes.”
- Schumer’s heated reaction to the Citizens United ruling earlier this year suggested he has some anti-corporate sentiments — the opposite is true, as I pointed out in this blog post.