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Cory Booker on Corporations

 


Corporate campaign donors also helped rebuild Newark

Some see Booker as "a big-shot celebrity, a man who is using the mayor's office to build his own fame and wealth." His campaigns have been underwritten by Wall Street donors, many of whom otherwise give almost solely to Republicans. Unsurprisingly, the mayor has developed a finance-friendly view of the world. This became a matter of national controversy in May, when he called the Obama campaign's attacks on Bain Capital "nauseating". Critics pointed out that Booker had received hundreds of thousands in contributions from figures at Bain and other private-equity firms.

His connections have certainly helped get Newark back on its feet. This becomes clear as we drive down Bergen Street: After the riots, it became an alley of boarded-over storefronts and vacant lots. With new business investment, the area is showing signs of life, albeit of a more suburban kind: There's an Applebee's, an AutoZone, and a multiplex, which Booker was intent on siting close to the sidewalk, to encourage pedestrian traffic.

Source: Vogue magazine profile, "Local Hero Cory Booker" , Dec 19, 2012

Predatory lending & unchecked avarice destabilized economy

American economic might [stands] strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class. Our platform emphasizes that a vibrant, free and fair market is essential to economic growth.

We also must pull from our highest ideals of justice and protect against those ills that destabilized our economy--like predatory lending, over-leveraged financial institutions and the unchecked avarice of the past that trumped fairness and common sense.

Source: 2012 Democratic National Convention speech , Sep 4, 2012

Supports Women, Minority and Small Business Assistance

Booker Supports Women, Minority and Small Business Assistance: My goal in 2011 is to empower even more Newark entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC) has proposed a new small business program with loans of up to $150,000 to women, minorities, and small business who seek to grow and expand. And we will start a new effort to help small, minority contractors break into the construction industry.
Source: Fifth Annual State of the City Address 2011 , Mar 1, 2011

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Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
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