• Busted! Influential Democrat Accuses Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Fund-Raising Hypocrisy

    Surge Summary: An influential Democrat knocks Elizabeth Warren for hypocritically painting herself as independent from big-money donors, while actually surreptitiously relying on them.

    Former Democratic Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell lately took to the pages of the Washington Post to rip presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) for spotlighting her preference for grassroots fundraising but secretly pocketing millions from some of the country’s wealthiest donors while criticizing others who lean upon the same big-money types.

    Rendell begins the op-ed auspiciously enough: ““I like Elizabeth Warren. I like her a lot.” Then things begin to go downhill for the Democratic senator from there: “Too bad she’s a hypocrite.”

    “After praising Warren’s ideological commitments and her efforts to increase consumer protections in the financial sector,” observes National Review’s Jack Crowe,

    Rendell takes his fellow Democrat to task for “trying to have it both ways” by claiming independence from high-dollar donors while surreptitiously relying on them.

    He mentions a New York Times report which uncovered Warren transferred over $10 million from her senate reelection fund into her presidential campaign fund.  $6 million of that amount came from donations of over $1,000.

    “The senator appears to be trying to have it both ways” puts forth the Democratic elder,  

     “— get the political upside from eschewing donations from higher-level donors and running a grass-roots campaign, while at the same time using money obtained from those donors in 2018.”

    It needs to be disclosed that Rendell is standing behind Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, but facts is facts.

    He proceeds to chasten the Massachusetts pol for, in a fundraising email she sent out last Spring, characterizing an April fundraiser Rendell hosted for Biden as “a swanky private fund-raiser for wealthy donors”.

    “Well, I helped organize that affair, and I thought her attack was extremely hypocritical because nearly 20 of us who attended the Biden fundraiser had also given her $2,000 or more in 2018 at closed-door fundraisers in “swanky” locations,” he writes.

    Jack Crowe adds,

    Warren continues to tout her commitment to grassroots fundraising and has not responded to Rendell’s broadside. However, her allies in the media have defended her decision to rely on high-dollar donations as a pragmatic move that will enable her to reform campaign finance laws from within once she wins the presidency.

    That said, it’s not the money-raising per se which is the problem here, but Warren’s misrepresentation of herself. Appealing to high-roller givers to fund a campaign effort? Fine. Criticizing others who take the same route? Not so much.

    What’s the word for that kind of behavior? Oh, yeah, Ed Rendell dusted it off and used it against Ms. Warren in the Washington Times piece: hypocrisy.

    H/T: National Review/Jack Crowe

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