Elizabeth Warren made a move Monday to bolster her reputation as an opponent of big-money politics. In an email to supporters, the Democratic senator said her 2020 campaign for president would eschew fancy fundraising dinners, cocktail parties, and phone calls to big donors, reports CNN. She'll also skip another traditional fundraising tactic—essentially selling access for a hefty fee by, say, charging thousands of dollars for a personal photo, reports Politico. Warren had previously sworn off taking money from lobbyists or super PACs, and Monday's move takes her position a step further.
"For every time you see a presidential candidate talking with voters at a town hall, rally, or local diner, those same candidates are spending three or four or five times as long with wealthy donors—on the phone, or in conference rooms at hedge fund offices, or at fancy receptions and intimate dinners—all behind closed doors," wrote Warren. She is instead aiming to generate enough money from small, grass-root donors. Reuters notes that two dozen or so Democrats may eventually be in the race, and the ability to raise money could be a make-or-break issue for lesser-known candidates. The AP reports that Warren had about $11 million in her political coffers at the end of 2018. (Read more Elizabeth Warren 2020 stories.)