More than 110,000 people have signed a petition to remove Mary Jo White as chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission because she is too close to Wall Street to regulate it effectively, progressive group Credo said in a release.
The number of signatures gathered to replace a regulator who is relatively unknown outside Washington, D.C., policy circles is “pretty astounding, for something that wonky,” Credo’s political director, Becky Bond, told HuffPost. For comparison, she noted that the campaign to draft the much more visible U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to run for president, gathered 365,000 signatures.
A June 16 report from Rootstrikers, a campaign finance reform group, criticized White for being to close to the financial firms that she used to represent as a corporate attorney.