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These Activists Are Making Life Miserable for SEC, Wall Street

  • Progressives use tweets, e-mails in campaign against regulator
  • Group hires `dump truck' to push for SEC Chair White's removal

Kurt Walters, a 26-year-old with a hipster beard and a resume that features a stint as digital press secretary in a Senate race in Hawaii, has made an unusual career turn: He’s helping lead a grassroots assault on Wall Street’s top regulator.

And though he may not know the intricacies of the securities laws, Walters, the campaign manager of a group called Rootstrikers, has some tools that polished bank lobbyists lack. They include an e-mail list numbering in the millions, social-media savvy and a willingness to publicly shame the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.