Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is being called out as a hypocrite who still benefits from big money donors who gave to her 2018 senate campaign.
While her presidential aspirations have been largely funded by grassroots donations, a New York Times report was published detailing how the Massachusetts senator has bolstered her current campaign with an estimated $10.4 million in leftover donations.
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell — a big Biden supporter — is leading the charge against this shady politicking.
“Can you spell hypocrite?” Rendell asked, despite having donated $4,000 to Warren’s senate campaign in 2018. “She didn’t have any trouble taking our money the year before. All of a sudden, we were bad guys and power brokers and influence-peddlers. In 2018, we were wonderful.”
But Warren’s communications director, Kristen Orthman, explained that the shift in attitude is because the candidate “believes that to take back the White House we need to build a grass-roots movement.”
“When we made the decision to run the campaign this way, the players in the usual money-for-influence game dismissed it as naïve and said it would never work and it would kill the campaign. We’re pleased that our grass-roots strategy has been so effective that they’re now threatened enough to be attacking us for it.”
Big donors will increasingly feel the snub if her recent attacks on fancy receptions or big money fundraisers are any indication.
Rendell has given mixed reviews of Warren. In a 2016 radio interview with 1210 WPHT Philadelphia, he described Warren as “a wonderful, bright, passionate person, but with no experience in foreign affairs and not in any way, shape, or form ready to be commander-in-chief.” He was discussing the idea of Warren being tapped as then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Though he later called back into the station to add an addendum to his previous statement, softening the harsh blow of reality.
“I didn’t want it to leave it hanging out there about Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren’s problem would be the same problem I’d have. Let’s assume someone said consider Governor Rendell for vice president. I have no experience militarily, no experience in foreign affairs, and would be a difficult choice because if anything happened in week one and I became president, I would be lost.”
It is clear that this distaste for Warren has not subsided, but has in fact grown with her preference to forgo big money donations in exchange for smaller donations that would not result in being beheld to corporations, but still use past money received.
According to Fox News, prior Warren donors include “‘Lost’ creator Damon Lindelof and his wife; NASDAQ Vice Chairman Meyer Frucher; and billionaires Henry and Marsha Laufer.”
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