by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
For the second year in a row, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has reportedly raked in more than a million dollars, putting him solidly in the 1% of American income earners.
Though he’s still well behind his colleague-in-arms, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) whose estimated personal wealth is $18.5 million, a financial disclosure form filed just last month shows the Vermont Senator and former progressive presidential candidate did very well in 2016 and 2017, raking in more than a million each year from book deals, cash payments, and royalty fees, according to VT Digger.
Much of that money, the Vermont-centric investigative reporters say, came from his book, “Our Revolution,” which earned him around $888,000. The book, which was critically panned, sold around half a million copies in its first week and the audio book even earned Sanders a Grammy nomination.
But as the “savior of the Democratic Party” railed against the rich and famous in 2017, he was happily cashing checks to put himself in their number. According to Fox News, a family needs only to earn around $380,000 to be considered comfortably within the 1%, and Sanders has earned three times that since failing to snag the Democratic nomination in 2016.
He’s even bought himself a third house — a beach house.
According to VT Digger, a Sanders aide responded to his boss’ good news by calling the matter “ridiculous” and insisting that Bernie Sanders cares for the working class. There’s no word on whether caring for the working class includes redistributing some of his own income, however.