Susie Tompkins Buell is a millionaire who gives big money to Democrats. She is angry that Al Franken was forced to resign and may punish Democrats who pushed for his ouster by not giving them any money.
A Major Democratic Donor Is Reconsidering Support For Senators Who Pushed For Al Franken’s Resignation
One of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors says she is reconsidering her support for the women in the US Senate who called for Al Franken’s resignation following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate touching.
The San Francisco–based donor, Susie Tompkins Buell, 75, has given millions of dollars to Democratic causes since the 1990s. She is best known as a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton, but has also contributed for decades to Democratic women senators, hosting a regular spring fundraiser for the lawmakers in California called “Women on the Road to the Senate.”
Buell said she is weighing whether to continue her financial support after the calls for Franken’s exit last month. The charge for his resignation — led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and followed almost immediately by a string of statements from other prominent female Democratic senators — came on Dec. 6, before the conclusion of an official Senate Ethics Committee inquiry.
This is going to be a big problem for Kirsten Gillibrand and other Democrat women.