by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) second quarter campaign disclosure reveals maximum donations from the same corporate elite she has pledged to combat as president.
Warren has long opposed money in politics, complaining of a system that “lets a handful of billionaires shape who gets into Congress” in a 2016 speech. Warren began her campaign by pledging to avoid “wooing wealthy donors,” banning big-money fundraisers, and ‘call time’ with prospective affluent donors in the process. Her campaign, however, has cashed checks from numerous megadonors and billionaires.
Warren received $2,800 from Jeffrey Katzenberg, noted liberal donor and former DreamWorks CEO, as well as $2,800 from his wife. Katzenberg previously acted as Obama’s top bundler, funneling more than $6.6 million to the former president between 2008 and 2012. …
… Warren previously faced criticism for accepting money from wealthy executives while seeking Senate re-election in 2018, a trend that, despite her promises, has now continued into her presidential campaign. A campaign spokeswoman did not return request for comment.
Warren also took donations from executives in Silicon Valley.
Billionaire venture capitalist Chris Sacca gave Warren the $2,800 cycle maximum. Sacca previously worked for Google before making early-stage investments in tech companies such as Twitter, Uber, and Instagram. Former Facebook senior executive Chamath Palihapitiya also donated $2,800, with an additional $2,200 earmarked for the general election. Large donations also came from Spotify executive Barry McCarthy and Sonos founder John Macfarlane.