Klobuchar plans to open fundraisers to the press

Klobuchar plans to open fundraisers to the press
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders opens up 15-point lead in New Hampshire: Poll Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll MORE (D-Minn.) will open fundraisers for her presidential campaign to the press starting this week, her campaign said Tuesday.

Klobuchar’s announcement that she will allow the media to observe her fundraisers starting Wednesday comes amid heightened scrutiny over the entire primary field over transparency regarding their finances.

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Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.), the two leading progressives in the primary field, have eschewed private fundraising events in the name of transparency.

Klobuchar’s campaign will use a pool system similar to Biden’s in which it will allow for a single reporter to attend and cover fundraisers and then distribute a report at the end of the event. The campaign will also disclose its bundlers but gave no indications on the timing of that announcement. 

Klobuchar’s first fundraiser that will be open to the press will take place Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The push for candidates to open their fundraisers to the press began after Warren went after Buttigieg over his finances, saying he should disclose his clients from his time working for consulting firm McKinsey & Co., release a list of his bundlers and allow reporters into his private fundraising events.

The South Bend mayor has since disclosed his past clients and those who have raised over $25,000 for his campaign and announced he would allow media into his fundraisers.