Though they initially viewed South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg as an intriguing and progressive newcomer when he began his presidential campaign early this year, the #RefundPete hashtag began trending Thursday morning on social media as a growing number of former donors started requesting their donations back in the wake of recent revelations about the 2020 Democratic candidate.Kristen Hill, a volunteer community leader for the presidential primary campaign of\u0026nbsp;Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in North Carolina, was one of the first voters to kick off the viral hashtag #RefundPete.\u0022If Pete Buttigieg fooled you into thinking he was a progressive at the beginning of his campaign and you donated what he thinks is pocket change, you can ask for a refund by emailing your receipt to email@example.com,\u0022 Hill tweeted.Pro-tip: If @petebuttigieg fooled you into thinking he was a progressive at the beginning of his campaign and you donated what he thinks is pocket change, you can ask for a refund by emailing your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. #RefundPete— Kristen Hill (@KristenAbigail) December 11, 2019In October, Buttigieg criticized his progressive opponents, Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for running their campaigns on \u0022pocket change\u0022 by accepting mostly small donations of under $200.Buttigieg has raised 52% of his $50 million campaign dollars through large contributions, and has so far been outraised by both Sanders and Warren.\u0022Just got my refund from Pete\u0026#039;s campaign,\u0022 wrote one social media user as the #RefundPete hashtag took off. \u0022It was just pocket change so he won\u0026#039;t miss it.\u0022Another shared the email they sent to the campaign as the hashtag took off.\u0022On March 19th of 2019 I made a ten-dollar donation to your campaign,\u0022 wrote Quinn Rattan. \u0022I was thrilled to donate to him alongside a few other candidates I determined were progressive and trying to restructure our broken political system.\u0022\u0022In the passing months, Mayer Buttigieg has repeatedly run disinformation campaigns about his opponents\u0026#039; plans for improving healthcare and public college...I also found his answer on big money in politics to be borderline disqualifying,\u0022 Rattan added.If you, like me, donated to Pete Buttigieg last spring no when he was pretending to be progressive they will give you your money back! Just got a refund. Will be donating to either Sanders or Warren depending on who is in the best position to take down Biden. pic.twitter.com/tV4uU7Qyoo— Quinn Rattan (@Qtip60) December 11, 2019According to testimonials by other former donors, the campaign has agreed to refund requests.\u0026nbsp; This past summer, upon reading about his excessive private jet use and seeing his response to Eric Logan’s death, I asked for a refund. I’m glad we are using our “pocket change” to send a message. Power in our collective rebuttal to his lack of transparency. #RefundPete pic.twitter.com/c44D8WWrZa— Jenny Tinch (@jennytinch) December 11, 2019I just requested my refund from Buttigieg. #RefundPete— Dave Johnson (@dcjohnson) December 12, 2019Progressives have denounced the mayor in recent weeks over what many have viewed as his disingenuous attacks on Medicare for All and universal tuition-free public college. Under pressure from progressive critics concerned about his lack of transparency regarding high-dollar fundraisers, Buttigieg finally announced Monday that he\u0026#039;d open the events to reporters.Buttigieg\u0026#039;s increasing attacks on Medicare for All presented a sharp contrast to his early campaign, when he urged the Democratic field to push for bold, far-reaching changes to the U.S. political and economic system. During the Democratic debate in July, he said, \u0022It\u0026#039;s time to stop worrying\u0026nbsp;about what the Republicans will say...Let\u0026#039;s stand up for the right\u0026nbsp;policy, go up there and defend\u0026nbsp;it.\u0022Buttigieg also said early in the campaign that he was open to packing the Supreme Court and lower courts and abolishing the Electoral College.But since then, a number of critics have in recent months pointed to Buttigieg\u0026#039;s alignment with corporate interests as evidence that he will do little to further progressive goals.\u0026nbsp; The Progressive Change Campaign Committee highlighted the viral #RefundPete trend on Thursday.The honeymoon is over. As Mayor Pete comes under increased scrutiny, some don\u0026#039;t like what they see and are asking his campaign to refund their contributions. #RefundPete has been trending. https://t.co/V5iWPeLJsC— BoldProgressives.org (@BoldProgressive) December 12, 2019\u0022The honeymoon is over,\u0022 wrote the committee.