Of course. That sums up the left nicely. You didn’t think that Vanita Gupta would live by the rules she demands be applied to the non-elite, did you?
There's always a double standard. Democrats never actually play by the rules they set for everyone else. https://t.co/UinWVHyZwP
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 18, 2021
Vanita Gupta Says She Backs $15 ‘Livable Wage.’ Her Family Business Pays Mexicans $1.30 an Hour.
By Washington Examiner, March 18, 2021
President Joe Biden’s nominee for a top Justice Department post is a longtime advocate for raising the minimum wage to $15, but she owns up to $1 million in stock in a company chaired by her father that pays its Mexican workforce as little as $1.30 an hour.
Vanita Gupta—whose net worth of between $42 and $187 million makes her the Biden administration’s wealthiest nominee—owns at least $500,000 in Aptiv PLC, an international auto parts manufacturer chaired by her father. In contrast with Gupta’s advocacy for a $15 an hour minimum wage, the company pays some of its Mexican employees hourly rates as low as $1.30, according to active job listings reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon. One job posted on Indeed.com, for example, offers a line operator role at a Zacatecas plant that pays the U.S. dollar equivalent of $260 a month for a 50-hour per week job.
In her nonprofit work and her personal social media, Gupta has repeatedly expressed support for both the $15 per hour minimum wage and a so-called livable wage.
Gupta’s investments have come under increased scrutiny as her confirmation goes down to the wire. A new ad by the Judicial Crisis Network, which is pushing Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) to reconsider his support for Gupta, takes aim at her stake worth tens of millions of dollars in Avantor, a separate company tied to Mexico’s heroin production. The Free Beacon reported last month that Gupta was attempting to sidestep the ethical minefield created by her father’s wide array of corporate interests.
In her role as president and CEO of The Education Fund, Gupta made a moral case for raising the minimum wage. In a 2018 press release, Gupta said that “a living wage is not a privilege, it is a civil and human right for all.” Her case for raising wages was unequivocal: “Raising wages is a moral question: do we value the people who are the engine of our economy or not? The answer must be yes.”
Aptiv’s business practices appear to fail Gupta’s own test of valuing people who are the engines of economies.
Gupta’s personal financial disclosure forms list between $500,001 and $1 million in Aptiv stock, and she has taken profits in recent years as well. The forms show that Gupta received between $5,000 and $15,000 in dividends from Aptiv last year.
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