Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) urged his supporters via email on Monday, Aug. 29 this week, to symbolically donate $2.70 to four Democratic politicians seeking election to the Senate.
Four Progressive Democratic Candidates
Sen. Sanders pointed to the following four Democratic Senate candidates in particular:
- Katie McGinty – Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania
- Margaret Hassan – Governor of New Hampshire (Dem.)
- Ted Strickland – Former Ohio Gov. (Dem.)
- Catherine Cortez Masto – Former Nevada Attorney General and candidate 2016 U.S. Senate in Nevada
It’s easy to forget there are dozens of jobs up for grabs besides the presidency. And every penny counts.
The Money’s In The List
They say, “the money’s in the list.” For Sen. Sanders his Friends of Bernie Sanders email list specifically asked his backers on Monday to donate $2.70 to the above candidates’ campaigns. The request for just $2.70 is a blatant use of symbolism.
The 270 number is equal to the number of electoral votes needed for a presidential nominee to win the election outright.
Sanders’s is quoted as saying:
“I want to be clear: It is very important that our movement holds public officials accountable. The Democratic Party passed an extremely progressive agenda at the convention. Our job is to make sure that platform is implemented.”
Sen. Sanders is making sure this happens with his new organization, Our Revolution. He hired Jeff Weaver to head up his new organization. Weaver quickly sought out money from big corporations to keep the cause alive.
Of course, this is the antithesis of the Sen. Sanders message. When he ran against Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, he regularly fought the big money.
The news of Weaver’s solicitation of big money funding prompted nearly half of the Sanders staff at Our Revolution to walk out.
The irony here is that Our Revolution can’t continue without a lot more money. The kind of money that well-meaning, working class families who make up Sanders’s base, just don’t have.
Although, it may seem like hypocrisy, the bottom line is this… Without big money, Sanders and company won’t be able to see his progressive agenda through to implementation.