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Bernie Sanders Keeps Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Wall Street Ties

Democratic Presidential Candidates Hold First Debate In Las VegasDemocratic Presidential Candidates Hold First Debate In Las Vegas
Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton take part in the first presidential debate at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph by Joe Raedle—Getty Images

In a Democratic race that is more competitive than most thought it would be, insurgent candidate Bernie Sanders campaign basically boils down to this: Hillary Clinton is too close to Wall Street, and Wall Street is bad.

Sanders kept that line of attack going this week, attacking Clinton for holding fundraisers with the finance industry, reports Politico. Speaking to a rally of supporters in Iowa, Sanders said: “My opponent is not in Iowa tonight. She is raising money from a Philadelphia investment firm,” which was greeted with boos.

The fundraiser Sanders described was with Franklin Square Capital Partners, and it featured a performance from the New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi.

There’s little information available about the private event, but the Clinton campaign did send out a press release about her meeting with African-American ministers in Philadelphia before the fundraiser, Politico reports.

Clinton’s support from big banks has been the issue Sanders has used most often when attacking Clinton. He has referenced her speaking fees from Goldman Sachs (GS) and her money raised from Wall Street executives. Clinton has generally defended her support from the financial sector, noting that when she was Senator from New York people who work on Wall Street were among her constituents.