Ben Carson Made Millions Sitting On Board Of Company Whose Founder Lobbied For Obamacare

Today, the federal government released the personal financial disclosure forms for GOP presidential nominee Ben Carson. Carson made most of his money from the last few years from speaking fees to small conservative nonprofits and universities, as well as book sales.

But one of the largest individual chunks of Carson's income comes from his board membership to the wholesale retailer Costco. According to the disclosure, Carson made between $1 million and $5 million while sitting on the Board there between 1999 and May 2015:


This is notable because of the ways that Costco departs from Carson's conservative ideology. Its founder Jim Sinegal lobbied for Obamacare and a higher minimum wage, and the company has been touted by President Obama in return. Its business practices emphasize higher wages and benefits, as opposed to its opponent Wal-Mart's infamous low-wage economy.

Recall that Carson has described the Affordable Care Act as “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” He has said it has “taken the joy” out of the lives of doctors, and said it's a “bunch of crap” that some Republicans are now talking about keeping it rather than repealing it.

There seems to be a disconnect between Ben Carson slagging Obamacare and the company he has made money from embracing it. Although it should be noted that Carson has said the minimum wage “probably” needs to be higher. You have to wonder if Carson will be able to fully endorse the pro-worker and pro-healthcare policies of the company who he has endorsed as a board member and profited from.


Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.