By Peter Hasson
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made opposition to high-dollar campaign fundraisers a staple of her 2020 presidential campaign, swearing off such events for her campaign and criticizing opponents who didn’t, but now she’s reportedly hosting one for former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I don’t do big-dollar fundraisers at all,” Warren told “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon in December 2019. She reiterated that sentiment repeatedly on the campaign trail and attacked former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for courting wealthy donors.
But now she is slated to hold a virtual fundraiser for high-dollar Biden donors on June 15, The New York Times reported Saturday, citing three people with knowledge of the plans.
It isn’t the first time that Warren has apparently carved out a workaround to her pledge.
During the campaign, she spoke at high-dollar fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee, which would have backed her in the general election if she had been the nominee.
Warren previously reversed her pledge not to accept support from outside super PACs. She promised not to accept “a dime of PAC money in this campaign” while launching her bid, but broke that pledge in February.
“We reached a point a few weeks ago where all of the men who were still in this race and on the debate stage all had either super PACs or they were multi-billionaires and they could just rummage in their sock drawers and find enough money to be able to fund a campaign,” Warren said while explaining the reversal.
NEW: Here is video of Warren declining to disavow the new super PAC supporting her:
“If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in. I'll lead the charge. But that's how it has to be. It can't be the case that a bunch of people keep them and only 1 or 2 don’t.” pic.twitter.com/byxQRjGMfs
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 20, 2020
Neither the Biden campaign nor Warren’s office returned the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.
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