On Becoming Anti-Bernie
Robin Alperstein
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1. “There is literally no proof or evidence that she has ever voted based on a contribution or that she will do so — it is pure insinuation”. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12mJ-U76nfg
 
 2. “handily collecting his $200,000 pay check and his lifetime of benefits while doing little to enact actual progressive policies to improve people’s lives.” During his career, Sanders has sponsored or co-sponsored 203 pieces of legislation that have become law. https://www.congress.gov/member/bernard-sanders/S000033?resultIndex=2&pageSize=250&q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22sanders%22%5D%2C%22congress%22%3A%22all%22%2C%22type%22%3A%22all%22%2C%22sponsorship%22%3A%22cosponsored%22%2C%22bill-status%22%3A%5B%22president%22%5D%7D

He has also been very effective in adding amendments to other legislation. Here is the article that NYT wrote about it https://web.archive.org/web/20160314164825/http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/us/politics/bernie-sanders-amendments.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

3. The article talks about the FEC going after Sanders’ campaign. Well, here are links to the 3 notices mentioned in the article. They are all asking for additional information. That is all. Sanders’ campaign needs to clear things up with the FEC on these. They have obviously not tried to hide anything. Either they made a mistake that they need to fix or they need to clear things up. Give them a chance to fix this. 
 In contrast, Clinton’s Senate race was fined $35,000 by the FEC: See the FEC site for details: http://www.fec.gov/press/press2006/20060126mur.html
 By the way, it appears that Clinton’s super pack made the complaints to the FEC regarding Sanders: http://www.fec.gov/press/press2006/20060126mur.html

http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/619/201602250300038619/201602250300038619.pdf

http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/542/201603300300040542/201603300300040542.pdf

http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/988/201602110300034988/201602110300034988.pdf

4. “even though the fundraisers are also to raise money for multiple down-ticket Democrats who must get elected if any progressive legislation is to get through Congress” What is this Victory Fund? 33 DNC state parties colluded with Clinton before the primary season even started to raise significantly more for her per donor (up to $660,000) than the legal limit of $2,700 by first donating to the states, and then funneling $4.4 million back to Clinton. It is a text book example of how messed up big money raising is and how much influence a small number of individuals can buy. Counter Punch exposed this on 4/1 here with all the gritty details: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/how-hillary-clinton-bought-the-loyalty-of-33-state-democratic-parties/

You can also watch the Young Turks video of ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwDJmCD6iDA This is what she said on the occasion of creating the Victory Fund: “It’s time to rebuild our party from the ground up, and if you make me the nominee, that’s exactly what I’ll do”. Not terribly altruistic is it. Its a contract that basically says that State DNC chapters can help wash the money by taking a cut of it. This also clearly shows how biased the DNC is in her favor and against Sanders since Sanders has not put together a Victory Fund. The whole idea is against the principles he is running his campaign on. Also the money has already been spent on Hillary’s campaign. There will be nothing left by the end of this primary season. Even the portion that was going to go to National DNC appears to be billed back to Hillary’s campaign in consulting fees and such. https://berniesanders.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Bernie-2016-Letter-to-DNC-1.pdf.
 
 There is more but that is enough for now.

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