The Senate doesn’t pay that much, but millionaire Bernie Sanders has made over a million bucks for the second year in a row.
To hear millionaire Bernie Sanders preach, you would think that millionaires are inherently untrustworthy people who must be constantly watched. You also get the strong impression that Sanders expects us all to listen to him and take his seriously.
Here he is pontificating on how all our borders should be open to criminals and no one should be held.
But Sanders isn’t some poor champion of the people. He’s a millionaire who constantly condemns millionaires and billionaires. For the second year in a row he has brought in over a million dollars in income.
VT Digger reports, “For second year, Sanders earns more than $1M.”
For the second year in a row, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ income topped seven figures.Advertisement - story continues below
A recent financial disclosure report shows the junior Vermont senator made nearly $1.06 million in 2017. Most of his income — $885,767 — came from advances and royalties, according to the report filed in May.
Sanders earned $174,000 for his service in the Senate.
The senator hit the $1 million mark for the first time in 2016. Most of his income came from a book deal “Our Revolution,” which came out after his failed bid for the Democratic nomination for president.
Sanders, an independent, historically has been among the least wealthy members of Congress. In 2014, for example, he earned little more than his congressional salary and had $330,000 in assets.
The 2016 presidential bid catapulted him to national prominence and paved the way for lucrative public speaking and publishing opportunities.Advertisement - story continues below
Throughout his political career and during his presidential run, Sanders has railed against “millionaires and billionaires” who don’t pay enough in taxes.
Jeff Weaver, the senator’s senior political adviser, said in an interview with VTDigger that questions about whether Sanders’ newfound wealth undermines his message about wealth inequality were “ridiculous.”
I wonder it the publisher is ever going to make the money back on Bernie Sander’s book. Or perhaps it is a way for rewarding him for his work for the senate. Whatever the case, the point is that Sanders lives a quite different life from the ones still sporting his bumper sticker on the bumpers of their pickup trucks.