In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
Private equity funds allow the wealthy to pool their money to buy out profitable companies, like Staples. The private equity fund then loads up the company with debt while slashing wages, benefits, and jobs, all to make more money for the wealthy investors. Eventually the fund either sells the gutted company -- or, in the case of Toys R Us, closes it entirely, even though the company still makes money, even though thousands of workers lose their jobs. For all these reasons, I totally oppose to the Staples merger. I ask your office to stop this merger for the benefit of workers and American taxpayers in general.