Buttigieg heckled over big-money fundraisers: 'Wall Street Pete'
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Left-wing activists heckled Pete Buttigieg for accepting corporate donations during the Democratic presidential candidate’s five-day, high-dollar fundraising swing.
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On Wednesday night, a group of about 10 protesters from New York Communities for Change, a grassroots organization, chanted “Wall Street Pete,” while banging pots and pans outside of a fundraiser Buttigieg was attending at the Upper West Side home of tech investor and entrepreneur Kevin Ryan. (The New York Daily News reported that there were about two dozen protesters).
“Wall Street Pete” and “Refund Pete” were both trending on Twitter on Thursday.
Buttigieg’s campaign announced on Monday that it would open closed-door fundraisers to the press and publicly disclose the names of top bundlers, those who organize and collect campaign contributions from other donors, after criticism from 2020 rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Buttigieg mostly dismissed the picketers, joking about their presence, according to a pool report. "Wow, they’re excited,” he said. “One of the things you learn on a deployment is dealing with distracting noises.”