Throughout his political career and during his presidential run, Sanders has railed against “millionaires and billionaires” who don’t pay enough in taxes….
(VT Digger) WASHINGTON DC— For the second year in a row, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ income topped seven figures.
A recent financial disclosure report shows the junior Vermont senator made nearly $1.06 million in 2017. Most of his income — $885,767 — came from advances and royalties, according to the report filed in May.
Sanders earned $174,000 for his service in the Senate.
The senator hit the $1 million mark for the first time in 2016. Most of his income came from a book deal “Our Revolution,” which came out after his failed bid for the Democratic nomination for president.
Sanders, an independent, historically has been among the least wealthy members of Congress. In 2014, for example, he earned little more than his congressional salary and had $330,000 in assets.
The 2016 presidential bid catapulted him to national prominence and paved the way for lucrative public speaking and publishing opportunities.
Throughout his political career and during his presidential run, Sanders has railed against “millionaires and billionaires” who don’t pay enough in taxes.
Jeff Weaver, the senator’s senior political adviser, said in an interview with VTDigger that questions about whether Sanders’ newfound wealth undermines his message about wealth inequality were “ridiculous.”
“That was a pretty funny question, Anne,” Weaver said. “Bernie Sanders continues to fight for working class people across this country so I think it’s a pretty ridiculous question.”
Weaver did not know whether the senator is donating money to charity. In 2014, Sanders gave 4 percent of his income to nonprofits…
Sanders formed his own “dark money” group at the same time he railed against 501(c)4s …