Democratic candidate for presidency Elizabeth Warren blasted Joe Biden for participating in a “swanky private fundraiser,” after he announced his candidacy and raised astonishing sums for his campaign.
Warren took a swipe at Biden in an email campaign sent to her supporters, noting that the fundraiser he attended featured 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’s email wrote, according to Fox News.
“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,” the email added.
The attack also comes in the midst of reports that the Biden camp raised a huge amount of $ 6.3 million in the first 24 hours, beating the first-day fundraisers of Biden’s opponents.
But Warren’s swipe on the fundraiser shows the upward battle waiting for the former vice president to criticize him for not running a true grassroots campaign, but for his rich Democratic sponsors.
“At a time when the biggest financial institutions in this country were trying to put the squeeze on millions of hardworking families,” Warren said Thursday, “Joe Biden was on the side of the credit card companies,” according The Hill.
Biden voted in favor of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act in 2005. Critics said the law enabled credit card companies to target people seeking protection from bankruptcy.
Other candidates have also sworn off donations from lobbyists or PACs, including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sanders and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.)