“The pushback could come as progressives such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) turn to small donations to fuel campaigns, avoiding corporate donations that they, and many in the Democratic base, believe taint the electoral process. “Here would be my warning to any candidate who’s thinking about running in this environment today: This is not 2008. This is not 2012,” said Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist.
Gillibrand reeled in $3.2 million from the financial industry during her 2012 Senate campaign, second only to former Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown’s $5.7 million, according to the Center for Responsible Politics. That included about $90,000 each from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as well as $63,500 from Blackstone.
Booker, meanwhile, accepted $4.4 million from donors employed in financial services during his 2014 Senate campaign, more than any other Senate candidate running that year. Booker ran in two elections in that cycle, because there was first a special election in 2013.
During the 2018 election cycle, the securities and investment industry gave $61.1 million to Democratic candidates and $37.1 million to Republican candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”
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