Elizabeth Warren has barely had time to warm her seat as the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, but she wasted no time sending a new fundraising note today — claiming some credit for stoking a populist backlash against the American International Group.
Warren was among those who protested earlier this week after reports that AIG might join the lawsuit filed against the government by ex-CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, alleging that the $182.3 billion rescue of the insurer in 2008 was unconstitutional. Such a move would be “outrageous,” she said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Yesterday, AIG’s board of directors decided not to join the lawsuit. In today’s fundraising e-mail, which is titled “They backed off,” Warren says, “We need to be willing to speak up when taxpayers are getting a bad deal.” She asks recipients to “help us continue to grow our team.”
Warren, a Democrat, will take a seat on the Senate Banking Committee when the chamber convenes following President Barack Obama’s inauguration for a second term.