Symone Sanders defends past donation to Buttigieg after joining Biden campaign

Symone Sanders defends past donation to Buttigieg after joining Biden campaign
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Symone Sanders, a former top aide to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP MORE (I-Vt.) who joined former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani meets with former Ukrainian diplomat to get info on Dems Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery MORE’s presidential campaign Thursday, acknowledged and defended previous contributions to one of Biden’s competitors, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegJournalism is now opinion-based — not news-based Buttiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that 2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers MORE (D).

Sanders, who served as press secretary to Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign and is now a senior adviser to the Biden campaign, responded on Twitter Thursday to a Politico report that she donated to the 37-year-old mayor’s presidential campaign in March.

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“I also donated to [former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián] Castro and [New York Sen. Kirsten] Gillibrand because I believed then and do now that they all should have their shot on the debate stage,” Sanders tweeted. “Lots of folks donated to a lot of campaigns for this very same reason. Couldn’t be happier to be on #TeamBiden.” 

Per rules set by the Democratic National Committee, candidates in the crowded 2020 presidential primary will qualify for debates if they have at least 1 percent support in three qualifying polls or have received at least $65,000 in individual donations from at least 200 donors in at least 20 states.

A BuzzFeed News analysis published earlier this month found that about 1,600 donors to Democratic presidential candidates gave more than $200 to multiple candidates. For example, nearly 200 donors gave to both Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.).

Sanders, 29, was confirmed to be joining Biden’s campaign Thursday, the same day the former vice president made his bid official. She confirmed her hiring on Twitter as well, writing: “Over the course of this campaign, Vice President Biden is going to make his case to the American [people]."

CNN, where Sanders has served as a contributor since 2016, confirmed she would not continue in that role.