Elizabeth Warren to hold big-dollar fundraiser for Joe Biden

The online event is set to take place June 15, according to three people with knowledge of the plans, who spoke under condition of anonymity to share the details.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a favorite of some Democrats to be former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s running mate.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a favorite of some Democrats to be former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s running mate. –Demetrius Freeman / The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whose full-throated opposition to high-dollar fundraising events was a central tenet of her presidential campaign, has agreed to host such a gathering of donors for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, who is considering her to be his running mate.

The online event is set to take place June 15, according to three people with knowledge of the plans, who spoke under condition of anonymity to share the details.

During her presidential run, Warren explicitly vowed not to attend private fundraisers or dial up rich donors. A Massachusetts progressive, she championed tax increases on the wealthy and at times sharply criticized big-money contributors.

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Warren’s spokeswoman declined to comment. Biden campaign officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Warren built a network of high-dollar donors as a senator and used to attend fundraising events, building up her own campaign war chest before she entered the Democratic presidential race. But in late February 2019, as she sought to gain traction in online presidential fundraising, especially among progressives whom Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was also courting, she ruled out big-money events.

Warren will now mine her old donor network to help Biden as she maneuvers to become his running mate, a position that she has said she would accept if asked.

While she remains ideologically to Biden’s left, Warren has edged closer to some of his positions. Warren, a supporter of a single-payer “Medicare for All” system, has voiced support for a proposal more line with Biden’s position of expanding the Affordable Care Act.

Biden’s other rivals have aided his fundraising since he became the party’s presumptive nominee. Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, raised $1 million in an online fundraiser Friday. Buttigieg is scheduled to appear at more fundraising events with Biden next week, as is Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, businessman Andrew Yang and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, all former rivals, are set to appear at Biden fundraising events in June.

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Sanders sent a fundraising appeal for Biden to his donor list but declined to share his list with the Biden campaign.

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