Multimillionaire California Governor Gavin Newsom failed to disclose his ties to Silicon Valley Bank while lobbying the White House and the Treasury Department over a pending bailout, The Intercept reported on Tuesday.
Newsom also failed to mention his wife’s professional ties to the bank. In 2021, SVB gave $100,000 to a charity founded by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the California Partners Project, at the request of Newsom. SVB Capital President, John China, sits on the Board of Directors of the charity.
A former White House adviser described it as the “tip of the iceberg” as the US banking industry lost $100BN in a single day. The Big Four were affected by the SVB collapse contagion, and regional banks fell by up to 60% during the bloodbath on Wall Street.
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