Website referencing ‘wine cave’ for Buttigieg fundraiser redirects to Sanders donor page
A website referencing a fiery exchange between Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at Thursday night’s debate redirects users to a page for donations to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The web address peteswinecave.com leads to the Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue and options for donating to Sanders, a reference to Warren criticizing Buttigieg for holding a fundraiser at a wine cave in Napa, Calif.
“The mayor just recently had a fundraiser that was held in a wine cave full of crystals and served $900 a bottle wine. Think about who comes to that,” Warren said. “Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States.”
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Sanders’s page on the ActBlue platform says: “Can you make a contribution to our campaign? Our single path to victory is from LOTS of people making small donations. Bernie doesn’t have a super PAC or wealthy donors supporting this campaign. There is only one way we win — and that is together.”
— Zohreen Shah (@Zohreen) December 19, 2019
Buttigieg defended his fundraisers, saying the goal is to defeat President Trump in 2020.
“You know, according to Forbes Magazine, I am literally the only person on this stage who is not a millionaire or a billionaire,” Buttigieg said. “This is the problem with issuing purity tests you cannot yourself pass. If I pledged to never be in the company of a progressive, Democratic donor, I couldn’t be up here.”
Other candidates on the debate stage jumped into the back and forth, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) saying, “I’ve never even been to a wine cave. I’ve been to the wind cave in South Dakota, which I suggest you visit.”