Nov 19, 2019

Private equity on defense in Washington

What's believed to be the first congressional hearing in recent years squarely focused on the practices of private equity firms is happening later this morning.

Why it matters: Private equity is facing "the most serious political challenge it has seen in years," per the WSJ.

What they're saying: Drew Maloney, the head of the American Investment Council, private equity’s largest lobbying group, will tell members of the House Financial Committee the industry "creates jobs, powers the economy and strengthens the retirements of millions of Americans."

  • Former Toys "R" Us employee Giovanna de La Rosa will also testify about KKR and Bain Capital — the PE firms that owned the store prior to its bankruptcy.

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House hearing on private equity lands with a whimper

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Photos: Sarah Rice/Scott Olson/Getty Images

Tuesday's House of Representatives hearing on private equity landed with a whimper, after more than a week of escalating rhetoric from progressive Democrats.

Reality check: Even if Sen. Elizabeth Warren wins the presidency, she would have a tough time getting her "Stop Wall Street Looting Act" through Congress, with or without Democratic Party control of both chambers.

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How private equity is fueled by public pension plans

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Private equity's loudest political antagonists were back at it over the weekend, wrongly arguing that Taylor Swift's contract dispute is illustrative of the industry's rapaciousness.

What happened: While Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandia Ocasio-Cortez each tweeted that private equity must be "reined in," they'll need to publicly wrestle at some point with how private equity is fueled by public pension systems that they otherwise support.

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How private equity could disrupt the 2020 election

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

All eyes today are on the House of Representatives, which this morning hosts a hearing that could significantly impact the 2020 presidential election.

Driving the news: No, not impeachment. I'm talking about the House Financial Services hearing on private equity, an industry that yesterday received two fresh lashings from Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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