Bernie Sanders Releases A Decade Of Tax Returns

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2019

In 2016 and 2017, Sanders reported earning $1.06 million and $1.13 million in adjusted gross income and paid at a 35% and 30% effective rate, respectively. It was $1.131,925 in 2017 and $1,062,626 the year before when he ran for the Democratic nomination.

In a tweet on Sunday, ThinkProgress editor-in-chief Jodi Enda defended the site as "editorially independent journalistic entity" and said "neither CAP or CAP Action had anything to do with the article or video related to Senator Sanders or articles related to any other political leader".

The obvious truth as to why Sanders is rich is that he is very famous, and it is extremely easy to capitalize on fame. He probably could have gotten a lot more if he had been strategic about it. Sanders' current five-point lead is consistent with this trend, and it's also consistent with those who believe that Biden is a paper tiger whose support is more based on Obama nostalgia than any true personal qualities, and who will begin a quick fade the minute he's under a much harsher spotlight.

What matters here is the method by which politicians and ex-politicians capitalize on that fame. The network is available in more than 80 million homes in all markets across the United States. "Did you really avoid breaking up the big banks because you thought it would undermine financial stability, or were you on the take?" writes Yglesias. The Republican National Committee, which is raising funds for the re-election alongside Trump, raised an additional $45.8 million, the most it ever raised in a nonelection year. This time, Sanders said he would release several years of his taxes, but had continued to delay the release. At the time, he ranked in the bottom one-fifth of senators for net worth.

In a statement Monday, Sanders said that his tax returns show his family has been "fortunate" in recent years.

President Trump continues to refuse to release his tax records.

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The US$1.7m ($2.5m) puts them in America's highest income brackets, according to tax returns released by the presidential candidate today.

He called a tax system that has let large corporations such as Amazon and Netflix pay little or no taxes "a disgrace".

Sanders' town hall also outstripped FNC's average in that hour by 24% in total viewers and 40% in the news demo.

"I wrote a best-selling book", he said in the interview.

Still, there is something peculiar in the notion that only personally impoverished people can hold leftist views - as if one can't be a critic of capitalism and own an iPhone. Sanders cited two posts about him by ThinkProgress, a website run by CAP's political arm, and past pieces focused on Sens.

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