Citing Vision of Granny D, Elizabeth Warren Vows Campaign Built on 'Ideas and Principles – Not Money and Access'

Announcing her campaign will shun the tradition of “fancy receptions,” endless phone calls, and “big money fundraisers” with deep-pocketed donors “who can write big checks,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday—inspired by the courageous activism of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who in her late eighties walked thousands of miles against the corrupting influence of big money in politics—told supporters that she will walk a path focused on small donors as she pursues the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

“For every time you see a presidential candidate talking with voters at a town hall, rally, or local diner, those same candidates are spending three or four or five times as long with wealthy donors—on the phone, or in conference rooms at hedge fund offices, or at fancy receptions and intimate dinners—all behind closed doors,” Warren wrote in an email to supporters early on Monday. “When I thank the people giving to my campaign, it will not be based on the size of their donation.”

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According to CNN:

On Sunday, Warren teased her announcement before entering a local residence in Laconia, New Hampshire, where the spirited campaign finance reform activist, Granny D, was born.


“At the age of 88, one of my favorite activists named Granny D walked 10 miles a day for 14 months across the United States. Why? Because she was fighting for campaign finance reform,” Warren declares in the video. “I agree with Granny D – we need to get big money out of politics.” Watch:

“Not only will I not accept money from PACs or federal lobbyists, but I’m going further than that,” said Warren.

“We want to build a campaign built on ideas and on principles in rooms like the kind I’m about to walk into,” she added, “full of volunteers and neighbors and enthusiastic Democrats who want to dream big and fight hard.”

Granny D, who died in 2010 at the age of 100, spent the last decades of her life committed to fighting big money in politics and demanding meaningful campaign finance reform. As The Nation‘s John Nichols wrote following her death:

Don’t mourn her for too long, Nichols said after her death. Like Joe Hill, he said, Haddock would only want people to do one thing: Organize.

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