Both Democratic contenders are using millions of dollars from previous campaigns, when they were more open to contributions from wealthy donors.
– News covered by Quincy Quarry News with incisive commentary added.
Are Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders presidential bids ‘100% grassroots-funded’ as both candidates have claimed?
Senator Bernie Sanders claimed 100% grassroots funding of his campaign during a September Friday the 13th 2019 interview with Rolling Stone.
Similarly, Senator Elizabeth Warren made the same 100% grassroots-funded claim earlier this summer via a tweet.
Exciting news: We just passed one million contributions made to our campaign!
We’re 100% grassroots-funded, & every person who chips in owns a piece of our movement. I couldn’t be more grateful. After Caitlyn made the millionth donation, I called with a double woo-hoo thank you! pic.twitter.com/UvupHb9qW6
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 26, 2019
The hard-working – if not overworked in recent years – fact checkers at the Washington Post, however, found otherwise.
Granted, there are arguably as many ways to count ten of millions of dollars as the total number of dollars; however, a fair review of the funding sources of Sanders’ campaign war chest would indicate that 60% grassroot-funded is a more reasonable figure per a perfectly reasonable and all-inclusive approach to counting.
And per the Washington Post’s same approach to counting, Senator Warren’s grassroot-funded percentage was more on the order of only 48%.
In turn, the Washington Post also gave Warren Two Pinocchios.
Quincy Quarry, however, views failing to hit even merely but 50% as sufficient to warrant sticking Warren with Three Pinocchios.