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Biden's DHS Nominee Has Raked in Millions Working for Big Tech and Wall Street

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President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of homeland secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, might face scrutiny from progressives for his legal background.

Mayorkas is a lawyer who made more than $3.3 million representing several large corporations in the past two years, according to financial disclosures reported by Politico.

The companies he defended included T-Mobile, Uber, Airbnb, Northrup Grumman and Intuit.

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Politico’s report Friday said the biggest threat to Mayorkas’ confirmation could be his work for Intuit, which he defended in a Los Angeles-based case in 2019.

Intuit and other tax preparation companies were accused of hiding their free tax filing options from customers in order to make them pay for services they did not need.

The Federal Trade Commission started an investigation amid pressure from several progressive Democrats, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

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It would be shocking if these senators did not question Mayorkas about these legal cases during his confirmation hearings.

Prior to representing these corporations, Mayorkas was the deputy secretary of homeland security in the Obama administration, whose inspector general found he improperly intervened to help wealthy foreign investors connected to top Democrats through the EB-5 visa program.

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Mayorkas isn’t the only Biden pick sure to bother the progressive wing of the Democratic Party because of friendliness with big business.

Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen, a former Federal Reserve chairwoman, made millions in consulting fees and speaking gigs to financial institutions such as Citadel and Citi after leaving her position in 2018.

These conventional choices by Biden and his team are a slap in the face to populists on the left and the right, who have railed against people who are well established in government, preferring political outsiders with a mission to take on corruption.

Undoubtedly, the Biden administration will be like another four years of Barack Obama.

That might sound great to some people, but expect scandals and corruption to go underreported as these officials will be in the same corner as the establishment media.

One can hope that ethics agreements involving Cabinet secretaries and their former clients will be strictly enforced, but I won’t hold my breath.

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Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. His "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. Since 2019, he has been a Young America's Foundation member.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded YoungNotStupid.com, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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