Biden Limits Media Access to Virtual Wall Street Fundraiser
WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign limited media access to a fundraiser with Wall Street donors on Thursday night, the first time reporters were unable to join the video portion of a virtual fundraiser or hear the presumptive Democratic nominee answer questions.
The fundraiser was hosted by Roger Altman, the founder of Evercore Inc.; Blair Effron, founder of Centerview Partners; Deven Parekh, managing director of Insight Partners, and former Ambassador Jane Hartley.
The Biden campaign has long touted its open fundraisers as evidence of the former vice president’s commitment to transparency. Since Biden started his campaign, he has allowed a pool of reporters to attend his events. The campaign has also allowed a pool to watch his virtual fundraisers hosted on Zoom. But, on Thursday night, the pool was only given a call-in line, prohibiting reporters from seeing who was in attendance.
After the former vice president gave brief remarks, in which he criticized Donald Trump’s oversight of the coronavirus pandemic, reporters were kicked off the call just as he opened up the floor for questions.
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Biden has faced criticism from the left for his relationship with Wall Street. Most recently, progressive Democrats were outraged after Bloomberg News reported last month that former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers was advising the Biden campaign.
Altman and Hartley also hosted a fundraiser in June at the Carlyle Hotel in New York during which Biden cited two segregationist senators as he spoke of the “civility” of the Senate in the 1970s and 1980s.
The comments drew fierce criticism from Democrats, who called on Biden to apologize for the remarks. A few weeks later, he did.
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