Warren faces online criticism over past big donor fundraisers

Warren faces online criticism over past big donor fundraisers

Since going after South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over MORE (D) about his wealthy donors in Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Here are top contenders to be Biden's VP Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious' MORE (D-Mass.) has received flak over the same issue.

Bush-era former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleisher tweeted "What’s the Massachusetts word for hypocrite?"


During the debate, Warren criticized Buttigieg for hosting an exclusive donor event in a Napa Valley "wine cave" that featured $900 bottles of wine.

“Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States,” she said, adding “I do not sell access to my time.”

The Massachusetts senator, along with fellow progressive candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (I-Vt.), have both sworn off taking donations from billionaires and large corporations and have repeatedly attacked fellow candidates who haven't done the same.

However, this policy is somewhat new for Warren, who took money from wealthy donors during her most recent Senate reelection campaign. She also took $10 million from her Senate reelection campaign to seed her presidential bid.


The Associated Press highlighted a donor event that Warren held in June 2018 at City Winery Boston. People who were in attendance that donated $1000 received a souvenir wine bottle.

Former Obama campaign chief strategist David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Lauren Underwood says Americans face economic crisis if Senate fails to act on unemployment benefits extension; US surpasses 4 million cases, 1,000+ deaths for third straight day The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump pivots on convention; GOP punts on virus bill Fauci says that he and his family have experienced 'serious threats' during pandemic MORE weighed in after the prior fundraising event was revealed. 

"This was the danger in the @ewarren “wine cave” attack on @PeteButtigieg," Axelrod tweeted. 

"Her own past fundraising practices were pretty much in line with his, including even some of the same high dollar sponsors."