The Emily’s list president, Laphonza Butler was appointed by California Gov. Gavin to the Dianne Feinstein senate seat as the seat remains vacant after her death.
Dianne Feinstein Senate Seat
In a report by Politico, After her death, Dianne Feinstein Senate Seat remained vacant until Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed a new successor. Laphonza Butler who was appointed by the California Gov was elevated to a very high position. However, PI is looking into Butler’s past in the corporate world, first being the consultant at the California Firm SCRB Strategies and then Airbnb’s government affairs team.
The SCRB Strategies (formerly known as SCN Strategies) is very famous for its roster of political clients. Some of it is Vice President Kamala Harries or PACs paying the firm more than $1.4 million over the course of Harris’ campaign for Senate and President according to Finance disclosure. Other clients were Gov. Newsom, Former California Gov. Jerry Brown, the DCCC, and Alex Padilla, Harris’ Senate Successor. There is really good competition for Dianne Feinstein Senate Seat.
In another report by The New York Times, the government watchdogs are most interested in Butler’s corporate consulting job. According to California lobbying records, SCRB Strategies received $185,000 in compensation for its work for Uber between 2019 and 2020. At the time, a bill that would have allowed gig workers to be classed as employees with the right to benefits rather than independent contractors was the source of conflict between labor groups and California Democrats Uber, and other gig companies. This proves that he deserves the Dianne Feinstein Senate Seat.
In a report by Bloomberg in 2019, Butler served as the labor organizer who spent longer as a top leader of the SEIU’s California chapter. also the adviser of Uber and acting as the liaison on its dealings with the union while the gig worker bill that was working its way through the legislature. That concerns everyone as she will take Dianne Feinstein Senate Seat.
The work of Butler in Uber shows a lot of concerns from the watchdog group in the present day. Jeff Hauser commented that it is a connection that is not pleasing and will be relevant to how he will carry her role as Dianne Feinstein Senate seat successor.