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A US senator’s angry quest to crack down on dirty money

Sheldon Whitehouse brandishes documents during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Brett Kavanaugh's supreme court nomination.
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Sheldon Whitehouse brandishes documents during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Brett Kavanaugh's supreme court nomination.
  • Max de Haldevang
By Max de Haldevang

Geopolitics reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is not a man who messes around. The former prosecutor from Rhode Island has a gruff tone, jarringly direct speaking style, and visceral hatred of dirty money.

He has centered his political career around that anger, sponsoring countless bills trying to crack down on financial secrecy, and in 2017, co-writing a book called Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.  When I last spoke to him about the subject a couple of years ago, he frothed

“We are an embarrassing laggard in an area where we should be leaders if we are to be a ‘city on a hill.’ You can’t be a ‘city on a hill’ when you’re in the gutter with the criminals and the kleptocrats.”

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