South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign will allow reporters into fundraisers.
That’s the word from the mayor’s campaign manager Mike Schmuhl, who said in a statement that the campaign would allow the press into the events.
The move follows a weekend of sustained activist pressure demanding Buttigieg open the events.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg—currently a rising contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination—is coming under increased fire for a lack of transparency around campaign fundraising.
“Usually candidates hide these attributes until they win.”
—Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept
At the Local America Presidential Forum in Iowa Friday evening, Buttigieg told reporters he would not follow the lead of former Vice President Joe Biden and allow the press into campaign fundraisers nor would he release transcripts of remarks to donors, citing “considerations.” When asked if he would elaborate on what those considerations were, Buttigieg replied, “No.”
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The comments, and the Buttigieg campaign’s perceived general attitude toward honesty on campaign finance, generated criticism from progressives.
“The aggressive arrogance and utter contempt for basic transparency on display here is stunning,” tweeted The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald. “Usually candidates hide these attributes until they win.”
“I dunno about you, but I think Mayor Pete should release the transcripts of his closed-door fundraisers,” tweeted Margaret McLaughlin, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Metro D.C. branch.
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