“I want to thank many of you for the strong support that you have given my Senate re-election campaign in Vermont. It is very much appreciated. Let me take this opportunity to keep you informed as to what our campaign is up to.”
“What you are looking at is a nation with a grotesquely unequal distribution of wealth & income, tremendous economic power on Wall Street, & now added to all of that is big money interests – the billionaires & corporations – now buying elections. I fear very much that if we don’t turn this around, we’re heading toward an oligarchic form of society.”
“From one end of this country to the other, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent by the very wealthy to defeat candidates who represent the needs of working people. Not content with controlling the economy, they also want to dominate our political system as well.”
By Charles M. Blow Are too many Democratic voters sleepwalking away from our democracy this election cycle, not nearly outraged enough about Big Money’s undue influence and Republican state legislatures changing the voting rules? It seems so. A Gallup poll released this week found that: “Democrats are significantly less likely now (39 percent) than they were […]
Watch Bernie discuss wealth and income and its impact on our democracy on MSNBC.
“We just identified today 25 separate billionaires who are spending at least a quarter of a million dollars on campaigns right now. The billionaires are not satisfied with the fact that the top 1% owns 40% of the wealth in America; they want more and more and more.”
“The American people are going to sit at home and say, ‘Really, at a time when the wealthy are doing phenomenally well, do we really need to give them huge tax breaks?’ So I just think this helps educate the American people to help them understand what is going on in Congress. I think the vast majority of the people support our position.”
By John Nichols If two dozen billionaires were using their wealth to effectively buy the 2012 election, it would be time for patriots to mount a bold response on behalf of democracy itself. Well, that time has come. US Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, revealed for the first time in Senate testimony Tuesday that at least twenty-three billionaire […]
Bernie discusses campaign finance reform with Eliot Spitzer on CurrentTV.
“Over the years what the republicans have said is we don’t want real campaign finance reform; all we need is sunshine, all we need is transparency, all we need is to let the people know who is making the contributions. Well that is what we did today; we didn’t get one republican vote.”
Bernie joins Ed Schultz on MSNBC to talk about the Supreme Court & Citizens United.
“With the Citizens United decision, what the Supreme Court has said to all of these billionaires is, ‘Go for it! You’re tired of buying coal companies & gambling casinos? You know what you could buy now? You can buy the United States government!'”
On the Ed Show, Bernie talks about Wall Street’s cozy ties with some legislators.
“I think the real story is – and everybody should understand this – this is not a question of Congress regulating Wall Street, this is much more a question of Wall Street & all of their money regulating Congress.”