Hillary Clinton will attend a pair of fundraisers hosted by members of the financial industry on Tuesday despite criticism that her campaign is in the pocket of Wall Street.
Clinton met with Rev. Al Sharpton and other members of the civil rights movement on Tuesday morning, but that was not the only reason she traveled to New York City. She is also scheduled to attend a fundraiser at the house of Matt Mallow, who is senior managing director of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm.
Following her stop with Mallow, she will head south to McLean, Virginia, for a fundraiser at the home of Beatrice and Anthony Welters, the executive chairman of the BlackIvy Group, an investment firm founded by long-time Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, who is also listed as a co-host for the event.
That event will also be co-hosted by Deborah Harmon, the chief executive officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners, a real estate investment firm that she founded with Penny Pritzker, the long-time Democratic donor who currently serves as secretary of commerce.
The fundraiser with Mallow was originally scheduled for late January just before the Iowa caucuses but was pushed back so Clinton could spend more time in the state and take ammunition away from a Bernie Sanders’ campaign, which has made Clinton’s ties to Wall Street its main attack.
Clinton’s ties with the Blackrock executive were formed long before the announcement of this fundraiser. Mallow and his wife Ellen Chesler have long been financial supporters of Clinton; they donated to her campaign for U.S. Senate and were both bundlers for her failed presidential campaign in 2008.