growing our economy
and creating jobs
Louise believes that our government should be an open book, and the men and women we trust to represent us should be held accountable to the same standards as the citizens they serve.
Whether it’s taking on Wall Street bankers who crashed our economy, corporations that don’t want to pay taxes, or members of Congress who refuse to play by the rules, Louise has spent her career taking on the powerful interests and holding them accountable.
Louise led a lonely fight against military contractors who were supplying sub-par body armor to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. She organized her own hearings, wrote letters to the secretary of Defense, and prodded the Department of Defense to launch a full-scale audit of their body armor contracts. Thanks to Louise’s efforts, 16,000 pieces of body armor were recalled from the battlefields and the Department of Defense issued recommendations to improve their system for purchasing body armor and ensure our troops receive world-class protection while they fight for our country.
Louise authored numerous reports detailing corruption and the influence of special interests in Washington, and in 2006 Louise led an investigation into the influence of special interests in Washington and published a report, titled “America for Sale.” She has also pushed for the DISCLOSE Act, which would require companies to disclose political contributions and would require shareholder approval for corporate campaign expenditures.
It took six years of fighting, but in 2012 Louise Slaughter got the STOCK Act passed – a landmark law that bans insider trading by members of Congress and their staff. But at the last minute, the Republican majority stripped out of the bill a key provision that regulated “political intelligence.” The political intelligence industry generates at least $400 million in annual profits by gleaning information from the halls of government and selling it to Wall Street. Louise is now working to pass a new bill, called the Political Intelligence Transparency Act, which would close this loophole by subjecting those who engage in political intelligence to the same rules as lobbyists.
And Louise Slaughter is fighting to require the US Supreme Court to adopt the same ethical standards imposed on all other federal judges.