The Los Angeles Times published an analysis of Bernie Sanders donors this weekend. The report was quite revealing.
There have been over 7 million donations to the Sanders campaign over the last year. The majority of these donations were small; an average of just over $20 each. The analysis shows that these donors are employed in Healthcare (7.4%), Education (7.2%), and Technology (5.1%). Other industries employing Sanders supporters each make up less than 5%.
But the biggest group of Bernie Sanders supporters, by far, are employed by… (drum roll please…) NO ONE! That’s right. Close to 30% of donors to the Sanders campaign are unemployed. Some of these donors are retired, others are students, and a good percentage of them are on public assistance; welfare, disability, and unemployment.
What this means, of course, is that your hard-earned tax dollars are ending up in the Sanders’ campaign coffers.
Perhaps it is not surprising that many Bernie supporters are not working. After all, socialism is wonderful, at least until you run out of other people’s money.
Sanders has raised a total of $209 million so far, and the average donation has been $27. Clinton’s campaign has not fared as well, raising only $190 million to date, (although a Super PAC has raised an additional $76 million for the Clinton campaign.) The vast majority of her contributions come from large donors and PACs. Only 20% of her contributions are classified as “small” donations.
Not surprisingly, Sanders raised more money from California than from any other state. When adjusting for population, Vermonters (from his home state) contributed more money to Bernie on a per person basis than any other state.
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