Elizabeth Warren says she's no longer going to do fundraising the old-fashioned way – with a ceaseless cycle of receptions and dinners punctuated by telephone solicitations.
"My presidential primary campaign will be run on the principle of equal access for anybody who joins it," the Massachusetts senator said in a message to supporters of her campaign, promising that she won't sell any sort of additional access – not even a grip-and-grin photograph – based on the generosity of a donor.
"No fancy receptions or big money fundraisers only with people who can write the big checks. And when I thank the people giving to my campaign, it will not be based on the size of their donation. It means that wealthy donors won't be able to purchase better seats or one-on-one time with me at our events. And it means I won't be doing 'call time,' which is when candidates take hours to call wealthy donors to ask for their support."
Her decision is an attempt to up the rectitude ante in a campaign finance disarmament race with her rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, most of whom have already promised to eschew donations from corporate political action committees. It also means she's doubling down on a reliance on small-donor donations that has characterized the field so far – a tactic in which she's so far lagged behind several others including her principal rival among the unambiguously progressive aspirants: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who took in $6 million in small gifts in the first day after announcing his candidacy.