2020 race
December 10, 2019

Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday released the names of nine clients he worked with during his time at McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, worked with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; the Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws; Best Buy; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the U.S. Department of Defense; the U.S. Postal Service; the Department of Energy; and the environmental nonprofit Energy Foundation. Buttigieg was employed by McKinsey from 2007 to 2010.

The names were revealed after McKinsey released Buttigieg from a nondisclosure agreement on Monday, following pressure from fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who said voters should know about any conflicts of interest he might have. In turn, Buttigieg called on Warren to share details about her corporate legal work; she released her records on Sunday night.

In addition to sharing the names, Buttigieg also explained the work he did for each client. "Now, voters can see for themselves that my work amounted to mostly research and analysis," he said in a statement. "They can also see that I value both transparency and keeping my word. Neither of these qualities are something we see coming out of Washington, especially from this White House." Catherine Garcia

December 9, 2019

Your move, Mayor Pete.

On Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a 15-page document detailing her past corporate legal work, including cases she worked on as counsel, consultant, and expert witness. Some of the cases date back more than 30 years, and in total, she earned $1.9 million, Reuters reports. The document lists dozens of cases, and many were taken on pro bono. In April, Warren released 11 years of tax returns, and encouraged her fellow candidates to follow suit.

Warren came forward with the document on Sunday after her fellow Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, pressured her to share more about her corporate legal work. Warren has called out Buttigieg for not releasing any information about his time spent with the consultancy company McKinsey & Co.; she also said he should let the media cover his private donor events.

Kristen Orthman, Warren's communications director, got in a dig at Buttigieg on Sunday night, saying in a statement that "any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected." Catherine Garcia

April 14, 2019

Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, formally entered the 2020 presidential race on Sunday.

Should he win the Democratic nomination and the general election, he would become the youngest-ever and first openly gay president. In front of a crowd of thousands in South Bend, Buttigieg touted some of his accomplishments, including reviving the city's downtown, and hit back against politicians peddling false hope. "There is a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities," he said. "The myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back. It comes from people who think the only way to reach communities like ours is through resentment and nostalgia, selling an impossible promise of returning to a bygone era that was never as great as advertised to begin with."

Buttigieg also spoke about security, democracy, freedom, and the state of the country. "The horror show in Washington is mesmerizing, all-consuming," he said. "But starting today, we are going to change the channel. Sometimes a dark moment brings out the best in us, what is good in us, dare I say, what is great in us." An Afghanistan War veteran and Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg launched his presidential exploratory committee in January, and has already raised more than $7 million. Catherine Garcia

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