CITING PAYMENT FROM UBER, ADVOCATES URGE STATE LAWMAKERS TO IGNORE ERIC HOLDER’S LETTER AGAINST FINGERPRINT BACKGROUND CHECKS
Uber Is a Client of Former Attorney General’s Law Firm
It was reported yesterday that former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter to New Jersey lawmakers on behalf of Uber to argue against fingerprint background checks for drivers. It was also reported that Uber is now a client of Holder’s law firm, Covington & Burling LLP, and that Uber asked Holder to write the letter.
Amid public safety concerns around ridesharing, Uber has vehemently opposed fingerprint background checks in its push to expand into upstate New York, just as it has in New Jersey and other areas. In fact, Uber left Austin, TX after residents of that city passed a fingerprinting requirement due to safety concerns.
In response to Holder’s letter, Mark Ilacqua, spokesperson for the Upstate Transportation Association, released the following statement:
“Uber’s fingerprints are all over Eric Holder’s letter against fingerprint background checks. These tactics show just how far Uber will go to avoid safety regulations that exist to protect riders in New York and across the nation.
“Holder’s letter on fingerprinting is meaningless in light of Uber’s payments to his firm, and New York lawmakers shouldn’t buy it. If Uber expands statewide without a fingerprinting mandate, dangerous drivers will get behind the wheel and put millions of upstate riders at risk.”