Bernie Sanders headlined Democratic fundraising trips for super wealthy donors on Martha’s Vineyard and in Palm Beach at least annually since 2011 according to a CNN story I saw online this morning (link here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/05/politics/sanders-democratic-fundraisers/index.html). About a quarter of the big contributors on these trips were from the financial sector.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m actually glad to see Sanders helped raise money for the DSCC. One of my critiques of Sanders is that he’s poisoning the well by running *against* the rest of the Democratic Party. A Democratic presidency needs a Democratic Congress to accomplish anything, and it’s hard for me to see how railing against the establishment – including almost every other Democratic elected official, interest group and the DNC – helps with the longer game. So, I’m happy that he participated in raising money to help Democratic candidates.
But, these trips to nice places with big donors sure do make his attacks on Hillary seem hypocritical. Will the media call for Sanders to release the text of any remarks he made at these gatherings?