May 4, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Biden breaks the mold with semi-public fundraising events

In this image, Biden stands behind a podium with his name on it and speaks into a microphone.

Joe Biden in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who exceeded the highest amount raised by any Democratic 2020 candidate in the first 24 hours, plans to allow limited media access at his fundraising events, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Closed-door comments at fundraising events have haunted presidential candidates in the past, like Hillary Clinton's 2016 "basket of deplorables" moment. Some veteran fundraisers have called Biden’s move unusual, according to Politico, but it marks a strategy focused on the optics of transparency.

Details: TV cameras will not be invited in Biden's fundraising events, and it remains unclear what kind of access print and wire reporters will have. Only pool and wire reporters will be allowed inside Biden's South Carolina fundraiser this weekend.

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