US V-P Kamala Harris quietly taps Wall Street, tech CEOs for advice on policy

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WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – United States Vice-President Kamala Harris has increasingly turned to corporate executives from Wall Street and Silicon Valley to serve as informal advisers, policy allies and political boosters as she grapples with a sprawling and at times intractable policy portfolio.

Microsoft Corp president Brad Smith, Cisco Systems Inc chief executive officer Chuck Robbins and Citigroup Inc CEO Jane Fraser are among the leaders whom Ms Harris has sought out in telephone conversations, video conferences and strategy meetings.

Discussions with one group of corporate leaders cleared the way for what Ms Harris calls one of her biggest first-year triumphs: US$1.2 billion (S$1.63 billion) in corporate commitments to help address the surge of migration from Central America. Talks with Wall Street executives also resulted in a successful push to get banks to distribute more…

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