In an interview on Face the Nation Sunday morning, Bernie Sanders denounced Pete Buttigieg for having billionaires contributing to his campaign.
“Last count, he has about 40 billionaires who are contributing to his campaign, the CEOs of the large pharmaceutical industries, the insurance companies and so forth,” Sanders said in the interview.
“It matters enormously. That is precisely the problem with American politics.”
Forbes reported last week that Buttigieg has the “most exclusive billionaire donors of any Democrat,” including hedge fund managers. Buttigieg has also previously taken heat for a private “wine cave” fundraiser he held in Napa Valley.
Sanders used the former South Bend mayor’s donor list to argue that he would not stand up to major corporations, including pharmaceutical companies.
“When you have the heads of large pharmaceutical companies contributing to your campaign, you are not going to aggressively deal with the fact that in some cases we pay 10 times more for the same exact drugs as our friends in Canada and Europe pay,” Sanders said.
“You’re not going to take on the collusion and the corruption of the drug companies who are ripping us off every single day.”