Financial disclosure forms show that the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate who campaigned against the millionaires and billionaires is in fact one of them.
Last year marked the second year in a row that Sen. Bernie Sanders topped $1 million in earnings, according to Vermont Digger.
Sanders, on his campaign website, proclaimed that “wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time.”
The Vermont independent, who caucuses with the Democrats, made almost $1.06 million last year. Of that, $174,000 came from his Senate salary and $885,767 from advances and royalties for his book deal.
The figures were similar in 2016, when Sanders joined the 1 percent by earning $858,750 from his book deal on top of his Senate salary, CNBC reported.
Some said Sanders’ wealth shows he plays the capitalist game even as he proclaims himself to be a socialist.
BUT BUT BUT capitalism=evil 😈! All my profs said so! And so do millionaires like Bernie Sanders and Justin Trudeau and all my favourite celebs!
— Dex Hope 🇨🇦 (@declan_hope) June 23, 2018
Sanders is a career politician who is a millionaire who never held what most Americans would consider a “real job” and who proposes raising people’s taxes.
— Stephen Robinson (@SER1897) June 23, 2018
Jeff Weaver, a Sanders aide, scoffed when asked whether being wealthy himself was a contradiction with the senator’s message.
“That was a pretty funny question,” Weaver said. “Bernie Sanders continues to fight for working-class people across this country so I think it’s a pretty ridiculous question.”
The disclosure forms show that Sanders owns three homes, including one on an island in Lake Champlain he bought in 2016 for $575,000. Sanders also lists two mortgages, one on a property valued at between $100,001 and $250,000 in value, and the other between $250,001 and $500,000.
“Bernie is a homeowner in Vermont,” Weaver said. “After 16 years of renting in D.C. he took the radical step of buying a small row house. And like many Vermonters he and [his wife] Jane have a camp on Lake Champlain.”
When The National Review examined the tax returns Sanders filed when he was a candidate, it noted that Sanders took many of the deductions that, as a candidate, he would condemn.
The senator is not the only earner who has built up the family nest egg, as noted by Fox News.
Jane Sanders is the former president of the now-defunct Burlington College and is under FBI investigation for the tactics she used to swing loans that allowed the college to purchase a tract of land.
She resigned in 2011.
A federal grand jury is hearing evidence in the case, according to the Washington Examiner.
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