Friday, April 1, 2016
The Bernie Sanders Broken Campaign Promises
This week, Bernie Sanders and some of his supporters have waged new attacks against Hillary Clinton for taking money from the oil and gas industry. There are memes once again circulating that highlight Hillary Clinton being one of the top five recipients of contributions from the Oil & Gas industry, receiving over $307,000 in campaign donations.
What these memes and attacks fail to mention is that Bernie himself is a recipient of over $54,000 in these same contributions.
The story for Bernie Sanders, unfortunately, doesn’t end there.
Back in mid-January of 2015 Bernie became the first presidential candidate to sign the Green Peace pledge to not accept any campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. Considering he has accepted over $54,000, he’s in direct violation of that campaign pledge. A pledge that Hillary Clinton did not sign.
In fact, a new social media attack line has recently surfaced called #BernieSignedIt. However, Bernie did not follow that campaign pledge. His campaign pledges are apparently only talking points to further divide our country, increase cynicism, and to further the politics of character assassination.
These aren’t the only Sanders campaign finance trust violations.
In late February, “the Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign committee on Thursday with a 90-page spreadsheet listing 3,457 “excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions.”
Considering one of the focal points of the Bernie Sanders entire campaign is campaign financing, considering the millions in excesses by his campaign and other violations by campaign staff, and now turning Oil and Gas individual contributions into yet another talking point against his opponent when only he signed and violated a pledge to not accept those fossil fuel monies, isn’t Bernie Sanders the one that has trust issues?
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