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Black Bankers Push Biden Team to Secure Top Jobs for Minorities

  • Liberals hard line on corporate ties unreasonable, groups say
  • African American group also mobilizing against lobbyist ban
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris following a meeting with the National Governors Association’s executive committee on Nov. 19.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris following a meeting with the National Governors Association’s executive committee on Nov. 19.Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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Black financial executives are pushing back against progressive Democrats’ demand that President-elect Joe Biden’s administration exclude anyone with corporate ties.

They argue that shutting out finance-industry executives would unfairly disqualify experienced minority candidates from top jobs in the new government. The campaign is focused on senior White House staff posts, as well as the heads of agencies like the Treasury Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.