Oppose Jay Clayton for SEC Chair

Jay Clayton will need to be confirmed by the full Senate in order to be appointed Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Make sure both of your senators know that you oppose Jay Clayton’s confirmation. Visit your Senators’ regional offices and call their office to voice your opposition.

Sample Call Dialogue

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know the Senator’s position on the nomination of Jay Clayton to Chair the Securities and Exchange Commission?

OPTION 1: OPPOSES CLAYTON’S NOMINATION

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! Senator [“Hernandez”] opposes the nomination of Jay Clayton.

    Caller: That’s great! I’m calling to say that if Senator [“Hernandez”] truly believes, as I do, that Jay Clayton is unqualified to Chair the SEC, he/she should do everything he/she can to oppose Clayton’s nomination. This means making public statements or delivering a floor speech opposing Clayton’s nomination in an effort to prevent the wholesale takeover of our government by Wall Street. 

    I’m happy to hear the Senator opposes Jay Clayton’s nomination to the SEC. Thank you.

OPTION 2: SUPPORTS CLAYTON’S NOMINATION TO THE SEC

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! Senator Bob supports the nomination of Jay Clayton.

    Caller: That’s terrible. What that means is Senator [“Hernandez”] is choosing to further enrich Wall Street and the wealthy few at the expense of working class Americans. When it comes to the financial security of ordinary Americans, the SEC is critical. We experienced firsthand what can happen when the SEC fails to hold Wall Street banks accountable – during the financial crisis in 2008, ordinary Americans lost more than $16 trillion and more than three millions households were foreclosed upon. And while that was happening, Jay Clayton was helping Goldman Sachs, and others, receive billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bailout money. 

    Americans deserve an SEC chair who has a proven track record of putting the financial interests of Americans first, not Wall Street banks. Does Senator [“Hernandez”] put Americans first?

OPTION 3: DODGES / HAS NO POSITION

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! I’m not sure if the Senator supports or opposes the nomination of Jay Clayton, but I’m happy to take down your concerns. 

    Caller: That’s disappointing to hear—the SEC is critical to the financial security of millions of Americans, myself included. Jay Clayton has spent his entire career helping Wall Street banks skirt the rules and rake in profits, including in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Jay Clayton is wholly unqualified to lead the SEC. Here are my concerns: We need an SEC Chair who has a proven track record of putting the financial security of ordinary Americans before the bottom line of Wall Street. I expect Senator [“Hernandez”] to publicly state his opposition to Jay Clayton’s nomination to prove that he/she is on my side. 

    Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Senator.

    Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when the Senator has made up his mind. I’m eager to hear what he decides.

ScriptsCaroline Kavit