Sanders’ Campaign Would Not Take Bloomberg’s Money in General Election

After two contentious debates with billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) team says he would not accept the mayor’s money during a general election.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ closest aide, made the comments after the Tuesday night debate in South Carolina. He was asked directly by NBC News if the Sanders camp would take Bloomberg’s money should Sanders become the nominee.

“It’s a hard no,” Weaver told NBC News. “Bernie has said he’s going to fund his presidential campaign with small-dollar contributions, and I think we can do that. I think we can raise over a billion dollars in small-dollar contributions.”

Previously, Sanders wouldn’t go as far as saying he would reject money from Bloomberg — who has a long history of funding both Democrats and Republicans in elections. Bloomberg has pledged to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020, but his team similarly seemed uninterested in helping Sanders if their campaign didn’t want it.

“Bernie said he didn’t want [Bloomberg’s] money, so we’re not going to,” Bloomberg’s senior adviser Howard Wolfson told NBC News after the debate. “I don’t think it would be prudent to spend on behalf of somebody who didn’t want it.”

Already, Bloomberg has spent more than $500 million on his campaign during the primary race. In the meantime, though, Sanders has been hammering candidates like former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg for accepting money from billionaires at all.

“We believe in old-fashioned democracy: one person, one vote, not billionaires buying elections,” Sanders said at a North Carolina rally.

So far, though, he appears to be the only candidate to say he wouldn’t take Bloomberg’s money. Even Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who shares Sanders’ progressive ideals, said she would accept help from Bloomberg against Trump.

“I think everyone else has said they want the help, including Elizabeth Warren,” Wolfson told NBC News. “If Elizabeth Warren is the nominee, we will do everything we can to help her. Sanders is the one candidate who said he didn’t want the help.”

Responses

  1. If Bernie wins he’ll gladly take Bloomberg’s money AND everyone else’s. His programs are expensive (mulitples of the GDP) and those “millionaires, billionaires” will only go so far. Just like Lizzie Warren’s lies NOT to tax the middle class.

    Even if Bernie or Liz tax only the rich and corporations (no mention of billion-dollar school endowments) those will only pass along costs to consumers. “Trickle down” applies to taxation.

  2. So…greedy loser Genital, where’s your fortune? Why exactly do you have your hand out? Do not lie that it’s “for others”.

    More importantly, what exactly do you do or spend for your own causes? Nothing. That’s the definition of lazy and selfish. It’s exactly Bernie.

  3. Bernie has a website (or at least his campaign has one). They sell lots of “merch” for inflated prices.

    Bernie wrote a book which made him millions. That’s the definition of capitalism.

    Bernie owns three houses and has millions in the bank. That’s the definition of socialist corruption. q.v. commie Russian dachas.

    Why isn’t Bernie committing HIS assets to the causes he claims to espouse? Income inequality? Housing the homeless?

    That’s hypocrisy and also greed. Exactly like all those who follow him. Others pay, we get to play.

    1. “Bernie owns three houses and has millions in the bank.” I Ching

      Bernie made his money in real estate, his pension, and from selling THREE books. His ‘uge “fortune” of only $2.5 million isn’t all that hard to earn under those conditions.

      1. How is any of that NOT capitalism?

        Why isn’t he spending any of his money to pay for the causes he wants others to pay for?

        1. Screwtape As the saying goes….you can’t have a battle of wits with an unarmed man. And there is none more unarmed than Generally.

          1. Cherl,
            Thanks Generally Confused is more appropriate than Genitally Contused (though that’s probably a good way of describing him).

            I’m going to steal that.

            Somewhere a village is missing it’s idiot.

      2. So…greedy loser Genital, where’s your fortune? Why exactly do you have your hand out? Do not lie that it’s “for others”.

        More importantly, what exactly do you do or spend for your own causes? Nothing. That’s the definition of lazy and selfish. It’s exactly Bernie.

  4. It was kind of odd that the audience went crazy as they did supporting Bloomberg when he gave the state a middle finger by not even running in their state.

    Odd.

    1. No, not kinda like the same thing.

      Berlin is is unlikely to need the money and Warren has already started borrowing. Plus, I think Warren would be far more comfortable compromizing with Bloomberg (owing him) than Bernie ever could. That would be inconsistent of him.

      1. I wouldn’t be overly surprised to learn Bernie does not personally manage his campaigns finances which means I won’t be overly surprised when ethical inconsistencies are eventually revealed.

        1. Using your yardstick it should stand to reason that Bernie becoming a multimillionaire over the course of his political life is in and of itself “inconsistent”.

          1. It’s a shame I can’t reply to the Genital, but his reponse is so…typical and grade-school.

            I wonder if his education stopped at Cuban “literacy” level? Clearly there’s no honesty nor reasoning involved.

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