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Facing Scrutiny, Pete Buttigieg Releases List Of McKinsey Clients

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg at a campaign event earlier this week in Washington, Iowa.
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg at a campaign event earlier this week in Washington, Iowa.

After weeks of scrutiny over his work at consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg released a list of nine clients that he worked for while employed there.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor released the list one day after McKinsey said it would release him from the nondisclosure agreement he signed while working there. McKinsey was Buttigieg's first post-college employer.

The list of clients Buttigieg released includes: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws, Best Buy, the National Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, The Energy Foundation, the Defense Department and the U.S. Postal Service.

In a statement, Buttigieg said his decision to release the list of clients was in line with his values.

"Now, voters can see for themselves that my work amounted to mostly research and analysis. They can also see that I value both transparency and keeping my word," he said. "Neither of these qualities are something we see coming out of Washington, especially from this White House. It's time for that to change."

Buttigieg had been under intense pressure in recent days to disclose the clients that he worked for at McKinsey, open his fundraisers to reporters and provide more information about the people raising money for his presidential campaign.

McKinsey has faced scrutiny after The New York Times and ProPublica recently reported that McKinsey helped Immigration and Customs Enforcement find "detention savings opportunities" and that internal staff opposed some of the firm's work.

As Buttigieg has risen to the top of the polls in Iowa, he has become a more frequent target of fellow Democrats, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has been challenging Buttigieg on the issue of transparency.

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Juana Summers is a political correspondent for NPR covering race, justice and politics. She has covered politics since 2010 for publications including Politico, CNN and The Associated Press. She got her start in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Mo., and also previously covered Congress for NPR.

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