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Turns out railing against “millionaires and billionaires” can be quite the lucrative enterprise. Though he’d “consistently ranked among the least wealthy members of the Senate,” as The New York Times reported, “since his 2016 run for the presidency, Mr. Sanders’ financial fortunes have improved. His 2017 Senate financial disclosure forms show he earned roughly $1.06 million that year, more than $885,000 from book royalties. His most recent book, Where We Go From Here, was published last year.” The book he published shortly after the election, Our Revolution, also sold very well.
$1.06 million. That’s it! He’s barely a millionaire. He assured readers of The Times that they, too, could be millionaires, if they only wrote bestselling books. Clearly Sanders, who has spent the better part of his career saying “millionaires” like it’s a slur, finds the whole situation a bit awkward and would prefer no one notice his wealth. One might think if Sanders were so concerned about how his new status would be perceived, he could have found a way to lop off that last .06, perhaps by donating it to some worthy cause, and then he could’ve bought a cup of coffee and then — poof! He wouldn’t be a millionaire anymore.
But he didn’t do that, and he also didn’t release his tax returns, though he has been haranguing President Trump to release his. Sanders’ refusal to share his receipts has become a bit of a hang-up as he campaigns, though not such an issue that it stopped him from raising $18 million in six weeks.
Explaining his delay, Sanders said that what he wanted to do was “release 10 years of tax returns. “April 15, 2019, will be the tenth year, so I think you will see them.” He then clarified that he would be releasing these returns “certainly” before the 15th, and he hopes “that Donald Trump will do exactly the same.”
Democrats are working a bill that would make it a requirement for presidential candidates to disclose a decade of tax returns after becoming the nominee. Vice presidents would need to do the same. But the 10 year metric is a new one: At the end of 2018, the bar was only three.
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