Democratic Plan Calls for Beefed Up Antitrust Enforcement

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By Alexei Alexis

July 5 — The draft 2016 platform for the Democratic party calls for more vigorous enforcement of U.S. antitrust laws, particularly where industries have become too concentrated.

Democrats will beef up the antitrust enforcement arms of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission and encourage other agencies to police anti-competitive practices in their areas of jurisdiction, according to the draft.

“Large corporations have concentrated their control over markets to a greater degree than Americans have seen in decades—further evidence that the deck is stacked for those at the top,” the document said.

The full Democratic Platform Committee is expected to meet in Orlando July 8-9 to approve the final draft of the platform ahead of the party's convention, which is slated to begin July 25. The draft was unveiled July 1 on the convention's website.

The antitrust language mirrors recent statements from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is considered a potential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (126 ATD, 6/30/16).

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