The Privilege of Refusing Big Money Donors

5 min readOct 15, 2019

Why should it cost me, a poor American, more than it costs a rich American to support Elizabeth Warren?

I have relative who is a multi-millionaire. I don’t know who she’s voting for, but she could very well be an Elizabeth Warren fan. She’s not a Trump supporter, I know that much. But I don’t know if she has a primary candidate picked out or if she’s even ready to start paying attention to the 2020 election yet. And if she’s not, that’s okay. But I’m paying attention, and Elizabeth Warren’s blindness to her class/wealth privilege is starting to worry me.

Before I continue, I want to offer some information about me. It is very easy to read a headline or an article and see the author as nothing more than the opinion they are sharing, and it can be hard when that person is talking negatively about your preferred 2020 presidential candidate. I know because it happens to me. You may want to defend your candidate. I welcome that. I want to learn. If I am proven wrong, that means I was given the opportunity to allow my mind to expand. I am cool with debate and if you can tell me how what I am saying is untrue or misinformed, please do so. But I ask you to consider me a full human person. A mother, a friend, a democrat, a feminist, someone who struggles with belonging. I am speaking out on this because I see it and it concerns me.

I am qualified to speak on this issue because I am part of the marginalized community known as the working poor. I am the person white progressives are talking about when they reference the people who can’t cover a $400 emergency expense.

I would also like to say, for the record, that Elizabeth Warren was my first top choice for the democratic nominee, and was my second choice for a while, a close second at times. She has slipped farther away, but that has nothing to do with my support for Pete Buttigieg. My support for him has been peak since the beginning. I have zero chill. And if you look at my Twitter handle, you’ll see all these things to be true.

So, please, know me as a human person who genuinely likes Elizabeth Warren, does think she’d be better than most of the democratic nominees and of course would be light years better than Trump.

Okay, so now that that’s cleared up, back to the title of this post.

Elizabeth Warren shows her class/wealth/status privilege with her pledge to not take money from wealthy donors. She’s not going to take…


“People like to laugh at you cause they are all the same; I would rather we just go our different way than play the game.” -Pink