Warren’s Merch Mocking Billionaires Sold Via Billionaire-Run Company
Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s newest merchandise–a coffee mug emblazoned with the term “billionaire tears” is being sold through a Canadian company run by (gasp!) a billionaire.
The Daily Caller reports that Warren’s campaign is selling the $25 mug through Shopify, whose founder, Tobias Lütke, is reportedly worth an estimated $2.8 billion.
Warren’s presidential campaign has been using Shopify since February while her senate campaign also used the company’s services between 2017 and 2019:
Warren’s presidential campaign began utilizing Shopify’s services shortly after the Massachusetts senator declared her candidacy in February. Her campaign has disbursed nearly $105,000 to Shopify for credit card processing fees so far in 2019, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records.
The Warren campaign did not return a request for comment.
Warren’s senatorial campaign also utilized Shopify’s services, disbursing $16,500 to the company between 2017 and 2019, FEC records show.
The product page description of the mug states, “Savor a warm, slightly salty beverage of your choice in this union-made mug as you contemplate all the good a wealth tax could do: universal healthcare, student debt cancellation, universal free college, and more.”
Warren has a penchant for “billionaire bashing” and released an ad yesterday titled “Elizabeth Warren Stands up to Billionaires.” In it, the Massachusetts senator declares “it’s time for a wealth tax” while targeting billionaires who criticized her plan including Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, former Ameritrade CEO Joe Rickett and investor Leon Cooperman.
“Here’s the deal: You built a great fortune? Good for you,” she says in the ad. “I guarantee you built it at least in part using workers all of us helped pay to educate. Getting your goods to market on roads and bridges all of us paid to build. All we’re saying is when you make it big, pitch in two cents so everybody else gets a chance.”