Warren swipes at Biden for 'swanky private fundraiser'

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Biden wins DC primary Warren asks Pentagon IG to probe military role in Trump's protest response MORE (D-Mass.) took a swipe at fellow 2020 presidential candidate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Majority 'sympathetic' to protesters, disapprove of Trump's response In a year like no other, we'll hold the election of our lifetime The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen MORE on Friday over a “swanky private fundraiser” he attended following the announcement of his candidacy.

Warren's comments came in a fundraising email sent to supporters asking for donations after Biden announced a staggering $6.3 million fundraising haul within the first 24 hours of launching his campaign.

Warren, who has eschewed donations from corporate PACs and lobbyists, highlighted a fundraiser Biden attended that was hosted by Comcast executive David Cohen and health insurance executive Daniel Hilferty.


“In the first 24 hours of his presidential campaign (welcome to the race!), Joe Biden raised $6.3 million,” Warren wrote. “How did Joe Biden raise so much money in one day? Well, it helps that he hosted a swanky private fundraiser for wealthy donors at the home of the guy who runs Comcast's lobbying shop.” 

“Elizabeth is building a grassroots movement without holding any big-money private fundraisers where you can only talk to her if you write a big check first. Without taking a dime from federally registered lobbyists or PACs of any kind. It’s the right thing to do," she added.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that, of the $6.3 million Biden raised in his first 24 hours as a candidate, about $700,000 came from Thursday's fundraiser in Philadelphia, according to organizers.

Warren, a progressive, has made a career out of hammering Wall Street and other financial titans. The 2020 contender also hit Biden Thursday over his 2005 vote for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, which critics have said empowered credit card companies to target people seeking protection from bankruptcy.

“At a time when the biggest financial institutions in this country were trying to put the squeeze on millions of hardworking families,” she said Thursday, “Joe Biden was on the side of the credit card companies.” 

Warren, who was among the earliest to declare her presidential ambitions, has lagged behind other candidates, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE (I-Vt.) and Biden in fundraising and in polls.

Other candidates have also sworn off donations from lobbyists or PACs, including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE, Sanders and Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Calls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Harris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op' MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCalls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Schumer calls on McConnell to schedule vote on law enforcement reform bill before July 4 This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic MORE (D-N.J.)