WASHINGTON – Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose full throat opposition at high fundraising events was a central tenet of his presidential campaign, agreed to host such a donor gathering for Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumed Democratic candidate, who considers her his running mate.
The online event is slated to take place on June 15, according to three people familiar with the plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity to share the details.
During her presidential race, Ms. Warren explicitly sworn not to attend private fundraisers or wealthy donors. A Massachusetts progressive, she defended tax increases on the wealthy and sometimes strongly criticized big donors. Its increase in public opinion polls last summer has deeply concerned many veteran Democratic donors, especially those on Wall Street and in the banking industry who believed it would damage their industries.
Ms. Warren's spokesperson declined to comment. Biden campaign officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Mrs. Warren built a network of wealthy donors as a senator from Massachusetts, she has previously participated in fundraising events, creating her own campaign war chest before entering the Democratic presidential race. But in late February 2019, as she sought to gain ground in online presidential fundraising, particularly among the progressives that Senator Bernie Sanders also courted, she excluded high-priced events.
"It means no fancy parties or fundraisers with only people who can write big checks," said Warren in an email to supporters at the time. "This means that wealthy donors will not be able to buy better seats or one-on-one with me at our events. And that means I won't be doing "call time," that is, when candidates take hours to call wealthy donors to ask for their support. "
Ms. Warren will now tap into her old donor network to help Mr. Biden in his maneuvers to become his running mate, a post she said she would accept if asked.
Although she remains ideologically to the left of Mr. Biden, Ms. Warren has moved closer to some of her politically pragmatic positions. Ms. Warren, a proponent of a single-payer Medicare for all system, expressed support for a proposal more in line with Mr. Biden's position to expand the Affordable Care Act.
All of this follows Ms. Warren, before and during the 2020 presidential primaries, running as a candidate who could represent the dreams of Democrats, not their fears that President Trump will win a second term if the party appoints someone. Other than Mr. Biden.
"We can't choose a candidate we don't believe in just because we're too afraid to do something else," she said in her speeches on the stump in summer and fall. latest.
She raised $ 115.8 million during her campaign, including $ 66.5 million from donors who donated less than $ 200.
Before running for president, Warren had a record as a strong fundraiser: when she was re-elected to the Senate in 2018, she raised $ 30.8 million for a race in which she didn’t; has faced little serious competition. In its first Senate race in 2012, it raised $ 42.5 million.
Although she did not host private fundraising events for her own campaign, Ms. Warren appeared at several of these events for the National Democratic Committee. Before launching her presidential campaign, she also paid funds she had raised from high-income donors to state democratic parties.
Mr. Biden's other rivals have helped with his fundraising since he became the presumed party candidate. Former mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., Raised $ 1 million on Friday through an online fundraiser. Mr. Buttigieg is expected to appear at other fundraising events with Mr. Biden next week, as will Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota. Senator Kamala Harris of California, businessman Andrew Yang and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, all former rivals, are expected to attend Biden's fundraising events in June.
Mr. Sanders sent a fundraising call for Mr. Biden to his list of donors, but refused to share his list with the Biden campaign.