In a letter provided to CNN by his campaign, Sanders addressed the board of the Center for American Progress and CAP Action Fund on Saturday, alleging that its activities are playing a "destructive role" in the "critical mission to defeat Donald Trump". He makes $174,000 a year as a senator, but his book royalties were far greater than that. That year, their adjusted gross income was $1,062,626, and they paid a total of $372,368 in taxes at a 35 percent tax rate. "I am very grateful for that, as I grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck and I know the stress of economic insecurity", Sanders said in a statement. Kirsten Gillibrand, the NY senator who is also running for the White House, also received 16 percent of the early $3 million she raised from small donations.
Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir brushed off those suggestions, telling CNN the candidate's personal wealth had "zero impact" on his policies.
He specifically criticized the recent ThinkProgress reports for having "dishonestly attacked me for hypocrisy in my effort to address income inequality in America". "So if anyone thinks I should apologise for writing a bestselling book, I'm sorry I'm not going to do it". That year, Sanders disclosed $1.31 million income, combined from his Senate salary and $961,000 in book royalties and sales.
Bernie and Jane Sanders have three homes, one in Burlington, a second in Washington and a third, on a Vermont lake front.
Ever since President Richard M. Nixon set the example, presidents and major candidates have revealed their tax return information to offer voters a view of how these national leaders conduct their private affairs. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a town hall on Fox News, and even appeared to push a conspiracy theory about it.
Sanders robustly defended his wealth, as he has before - which some people have said is hypocritical. This became a common refrain while he was on the campaign trail running against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
ThinkProgress is affiliated with the Centre for American Progress, a liberal group, but says it is editorially independent. "We wanted to do 10 years and so we had (an internal) conversation saying, 'let's just do it all at once so we have the most recent one'".
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