Warren: Amazon ‘walked away from billions in taxpayer bribes’ because officials ‘aren’t sucking up’ enough

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday that Amazon “walked away” from its plan to build a second headquarters in New York because local politicians “aren’t sucking up to them enough.” 

Her tweet comes after Amazon announced Thursday that it will no longer be putting its second headquarters, known as HQ2, in Queens.

{mosads}”After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the company said in a statement.

“While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” the statement continued. 

Democratic 2020 hopefuls have been taking harsh stances on technology giants. Warren has put forward antitrust laws that could affect companies including Amazon, Facebook and Apple. Others have called for greater regulations and increased wages for workers as more scrutiny falls on Silicon Valley. 

Warren officially announced her 2020 presidential candidacy on Saturday after announcing a presidential exploratory committee in December. She is part of what will likely be a very crowded primary field.

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