We want American commerce to succeed, but it should not be at the community’s cost. Experts cite the lack of regulations in the financial sector as one of the main causes of the financial collapse in 2008. Lauren firmly believes that this lack of regulations was caused by politicians who accepted corporate money for their campaigns which swayed their decisions, and these same politicians failed to protect the country from market crashes and corporate monopolies.
Lauren also believes that the way that Amazon’s HQ2 played out in her district is evidence of corporate money in politics. Many politicians who offered unconditional tax incentives to Amazon have accepted campaign donations from Amazon. Lauren advocates for ending corporate welfare, ensuring that workers are represented on corporate boards and requiring federal stakeholder charters for large companies. Lauren will negotiate on behalf of her constituents, not corporations.