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Leaked E-Mail From Buttigieg Fundraiser Offered Donor the Chance to Buy Influence

The Democratic nomination race has turned into a bit of a dog fight with each candidate jockeying for position. Each competitor has some negative that their opponents have tried to hit them on. For Pete Buttigieg, it’s his relationship with large donors, which Elizabeth Warren criticized him for during the most recent debate.

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Over the weekend, Axios released a report that is going to make it more difficult for the South Bend Mayor to deflect this criticism. The report included a leaked email where a bundler working for Buttigieg’s campaign offered a donor the chance to purchase influence.

The email, from fundraiser H.K. Park, reads, “If you want to get on the campaign’s radar now before he is flooded with donations after winning Iowa and New Hampshire, you can use the link below for donations.”

The donor, who spoke with Axios, was not pleased by the request. Remaining unnamed, they said, “”It’s very telling and concerning that one of the campaign’s major bundlers would talk like that.”

Buttigieg’s campaign is engaged in damage control. Spokesperson Sean Savett told the Huff Post, “The email in question is not from our campaign. The stakes in this election are clear and stark ― we have one shot to defeat Donald Trump. Pete believes we can’t go into the fight of our lives with one hand tied behind our back. That’s why whether you can give $3 or $300, whether you are a Democrat, Independent or Republican, if you are ready to defeat Donald Trump, we welcome you to our campaign.”