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Bernie Sanders for President

Let’s talk about the state of the race as it stands today, sisters and brothers. For us to win the majority of pledged delegates, we need to win 654 out of the remaining 1,061.

That is 64 percent. It is admittedly a tough hill to climb, but not an impossible one. We intend to fight for every vote and delegate remaining, starting with tomorrow night’s primary in Indiana where recent polling shows us well with the margin of error:

Let me be absolutely clear: it is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to win all of the pledged delegates she needs to capture the nomination without the help of superdelegates at the convention. That means every vote we receive, every delegate we win between now and July strengthens our hand as we get to a contested convention.

Indiana votes tomorrow, and we have a chance to do very well. That’s why we have to ask:

Your $2.70 contribution before Indiana votes tomorrow night will help us win a very important state while sending a powerful message that you are in this campaign as long as Bernie continues to fight.

But let’s talk a little more about superdelegates, specifically.

We won Washington with 73 percent of the vote, but at this point Secretary Clinton has 10 superdelegates. We have zero.

In Minnesota, we won with 61 percent of the vote. Secretary Clinton has 11 superdelegates. We have three.

We won Colorado with 59 percent of the vote. Secretary Clinton has 10 superdelegates. We have zero.

In New Hampshire, we won with more than 60 percent of the vote. Secretary Clinton has six superdelegates. We have zero.

Bernie and Secretary Clinton agree that it would be a disaster for Donald Trump to become the next President of the United States. And what these superdelegates and the rest of them have to consider is what happens if Bernie Sanders goes on a run and wins the vast majority of the next 14 contests, and poll after poll continues to show us as the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in November?

But that only matters if we keep winning, and the next contest is tomorrow night in Indiana. So we have to ask:

Your $2.70 contribution before Indiana votes tomorrow night will help us win a very important state while sending a powerful message that you are in this campaign as long as Bernie continues to fight.

When we started one year ago, we were considered a « fringe » campaign. We had no organization, no money, and very little name recognition. But what we have proved throughout is that when people stand together, anything is possible.

In solidarity,

Jeff Weaver
Campaign Manager
Bernie 2016

DEMOCRACY AGAIN…AND POLITICAL RACKET

Bernie Sanders for President

Sisters and Brothers,

I want to share something with you that is probably going to make you angry, but then I am going to give you an opportunity to do something about it.

For months, you’ve heard the Clinton campaign endlessly repeat in interviews and on social media that they have raised millions and millions of dollars for state parties through something called the « Hillary Victory Fund. » They’ve even used it as an attack line to insinuate Bernie wasn’t willing to help down-ballot Democrats.

Well, yesterday morning, thanks to a Politico investigation, we found out that less than 1 percent of the $61 million raised by the Victory Fund has stayed in state party coffers. And indeed, the majority of the money spent by the Victory Fund has gone to benefit Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign against us. The piece said some state party fundraisers believe they are basically acting as « money laundering conduits. »

There’s more, but first let me get to the part where you can take action. In recent weeks, the Clinton campaign has expressed a lot of interest in what is important to Bernie’s supporters. Here’s your chance to send a message about our distaste for big-money in politics:

Sign our petition calling on the Clinton campaign to stop bending campaign finance rules to their breaking point, and immediately transfer all the money allowable to the state parties participating in the « Hillary Victory Fund. »

Here’s how the scheme works for the Clinton campaign:

Rich people like Alice Walton of Walmart who have already contributed the maximum amount allowable to the Clinton campaign can contribute an additional $350,000-plus to the Victory Fund.

The first $33,400 of her contribution is supposed to go the DNC, and the rest divided up between participating state parties. But that’s not what’s been happening. The Victory Fund has mostly been doing one of two things with Ms. Walton’s money:

1. Taking that money and spending it on advertisements and small-dollar fundraising solicitations. Then they take all the small-dollar contributions and data reaped from Alice Walton’s contribution and transfer it directly to the Clinton campaign. This tactic is basically a way for them to benefit from a contribution much larger than the legal limit from Alice Walton.

2. They take Alice Walton’s money and transfer it to state parties, who then immediately transfer it to the DNC. Often times they do it without the state party even knowing because the Clinton campaign controls many of the bank accounts involved. So at the end of the day, most of the state parties have received exactly $0 from their Victory Fund arrangement.

So, now that we know the Clinton campaign is taking advantage of state parties to skirt fundraising limits on her presidential campaign, it’s time for her to do the right thing and let the state parties keep their fair share of the cash:

Sign our petition calling on the Clinton campaign to stop bending campaign finance rules to their breaking point, and immediately transfer all the money allowable to the state parties participating in the « Hillary Victory Fund. »

It’s unfortunate that Hillary Clinton has benefited from tens of millions of dollars in cash transfers and advertising to campaign against us in the primary. But it’s not too late for her campaign to do the right thing by the state parties we’re going to need to win elections up and down the ticket this November.

I’m sure if you sign our petition, that is something they will notice.

In solidarity,

Jeff Weaver
Campaign Manager
Bernie 2016

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