Corporation-free zone: Progressives press Biden to lock out big business

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WASHINGTON — Progressives are ramping up their public pressure on President-Elect Joe Biden to appoint progressives to key jobs in his incoming administration and keep out corporate executives, lobbyists and consultants.A coalition of online liberal groups is launching a campaign Friday to direct calls, emails and tweets to Biden transition officials and senators with demands to “keep corporate insiders out of your administration.” A related effort, also launching Friday, asks supporters to sign a petition urging Biden to put progressives in his Cabinet, even if it means using recess appointments to overcome GOP opposition.It’s a common tactic, but one liberal grassroots groups have less commonly used against Democrats, especially one who just won the presidency.”Millions of people will receive emails about these two efforts urging them to take action. We expect hundreds of thousands of them will,” said David Segal, the co-founder of the progressive group Demand Progress. “And Senate offices and members of the transition team can expect a groundswell of grassroots opposition to corporatist picks.” Nov. 20, 202003:11Demand Progress, along with other groups, launched the new website NoCorporateCabinet.com naming and shaming “some of the most concerning corporate insiders trying to get into the Biden administration,” which …

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