Elizabeth is the author of several books and many academic articles about what has happened to the middle class in this country - about how incomes have stayed flat while expenses like health care and child care and mortgages have gone way up. She's been alarmed about the results of her research for years, and for years she's been frustrated that Washington just doesn't get it.
Using advance money from her book The Two Income Trap, Elizabeth hired people who work in Washington to help get her research on how middle class families have gotten chipped at, squeezed, and hammered to policymakers and others. The person Elizabeth worked with at the Raben Group was Melody Barnes, a former staffer for Senator Kennedy and former Obama White House official.
This was a part of her career-long advocacy to level the playing field for families and consumers that too often get the short end of the stick in Washington, where Wall Street banks and other big corporations can hire armies of lobbyists to do their bidding. It is Elizabeth's life's work and it's what she'll fight for in the U.S. Senate, too.