Donors who backed Senator Kyrsten Sinema in past political campaigns are now looking to support another Democratic candidate who will run in the 2024 elections. In a missive sent to the Arizona senator, 70 major donors in all conveyed their disappointment and apprehension over the preservation of democracy if the Freedom to Vote Act is not approved by Congress.
Many of the donors who gave the maximum allowable donation to the senator’s 2018 campaign were disappointed because instead of protecting democracy against authoritarian threat, Sinema along with Joe Manchin has been opposing the Democratic party’s priorities, including the change in the filibuster rule. .
As it is, every Democrat in the Senate needs to vote in agreement with the weakening of the filibuster rule in order to create a tie, which VP Kamala Harris would break by a single vote in favor of the Democratic Party.
Another issue that has stirred a backlash from donors is Senator Sinema’s refusal to show support to Biden’s Build Back Better Act, which up to now has been stalled in the Upper House.
According to a report by CNBC, top party donor and philanthropist Trey Beck that he plans to financially support U.S Rep. Ruben Gallego to run against Sinema as 2024 democratic primary candidate.
A former anonymous donor of Sinema shared with CNBC that they have stopped trying to understand the senator’s motivation on what she alleges as bipartisan support. Although the letter addressed to Sinema said that bipartisanship must be reciprocal for it to work, the unnamed donor added that they don’t really care much at this point and that they would simply prefer an alternative candidate to support.