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Elizabeth Warren’s ex-staffers are asking for money via Venmo, PayPal

A Warren spokeswoman said contributions would 'help support my big, structural sips of single malt.'


Mikael Thalen


Published Mar 7, 2020

Former staffers of ex-Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are asking for money on social media.

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Following the politician’s decision to drop out of the 2020 race on Thursday, many of the previous employees began plugging their Venmo and PayPal accounts on Twitter.

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Gay-rights activist Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting who worked as a surrogate for Warren, asked his Twitter followers to support the staffers by buying them a drink.

“Tired: asking Warren staff what’s next,” Wolf said. “Wired: buying Warren staff a cocktail.”

The request appears to have worked, as many connected to the campaign began posting their usernames and receiving funds from Warren supporters.

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“My Venmo is j_ave if anyone wants to buy this Warren Democrat a drink,” ex-staffer and Twitter user @AvenueJack wrote.

Another Twitter user even declared that the day was “National buy an #ElizabethWarren supporter a drink day.”

Warren spokeswoman Alexis Krieg tweeted out her Venmo username as well, telling Twitter users that their “contribution will help support my big, structural sips of single malt.”

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As noted by the New York Times, Krieg went on to receive around $250, which she used to buy a single malt Scotch whiskey.

“I have no idea who these people are,” Krieg later said. “But I love them.”

Warren’s staffers aren’t the first to elicit funds following their candidate’s choice to leave the race. Lis Smith, the former senior adviser to ex-Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg, says many campaign workers have asked for drinks once their job has been axed.

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“A campaign staffer doesn’t want your thoughts and prayers,” Smith said. “They just want your cash for Bud Light and shots of Jameson.”


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*First Published: Mar 7, 2020, 4:22 pm CST