Supporters Respond To Pro-Clinton Super PAC Smears By Donating $1.2 Million To Bernie Sanders


Bernie Sanders supporters responded to an ugly smear campaign carried out by a pro-Clinton super PAC by donating $1.2 million to the Sanders campaign in less than 48 hours.

The Sanders campaign announced the donations:
In just 48 hours, Sanders’ donors gave $1.2 million to his Democratic presidential campaign after Correct the Record, the Clinton-backing super PAC, attempted to link Sanders and the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. The average donation was $23.

“I hope that sends a very clear message that the American people are sick and tired of politics as usual and negative campaigning,” Sanders said in the email thanking his supporters.

“We’ve never seen an immediate donor response like what the Sanders campaign received on Tuesday. At one point, it drove 180 contributions through our platform per minute,” said Erin Hill, executive director of ActBlue, the fundraising firm. “Over its 11-year history ActBlue has sent money to over eleven-thousand campaigns and committees — and the Bernie Sanders campaign holds the record for the two biggest donor days ever for a campaign on our platform.”

The reaction was to the attempt by David Brock of the Clinton super PAC to link Sanders and Chavez. The “connection” was that Sanders and former Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) worked together to help provide Vermonters and other low-income New England residents with affordable home heating oil supplied by the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, CITGO.

“Frankly what the Clinton Super PAC is doing is nothing new. It’s the same-old, same-old negative politics that has gone on for years: throw mud and hope some of it sticks,” Sanders wrote. “We are fighting for a different kind of politics. Instead of hurling dishonest or out-of-context charges, we are trying to run an issue-oriented campaign – focusing on the most important concerns of the American people.”

Sanders was right. The attempt by the super PAC was more of the same old failed politics. The attack on Sanders was based on a strategy of trying to lower the Senator from Vermont’s favorability ratings with Democrats.

The result of their attack was that supporters are opening their wallets and fighting back against the smears.

Anyone who watched the Republican debate on CNN can see the value in Democrats running a campaign that is based on issues and forward thinking vision for the future of the country. Republicans spent three hours on Wednesday night disagreeing and tearing each other apart.

Democrats don’t have to engage in such behavior. In fact, there should be no room in the Democratic primary for these attacks. Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton should be judged based on their records, not whispers and memos leaked to the media.

Bernie Sanders supporters sent a message. Attacking them only makes them stronger and more determined. The Democratic primary should be about issues. Save the smears for low brow candidates like Donald Trump.

50 Replies to “Supporters Respond To Pro-Clinton Super PAC Smears By Donating $1.2 Million To Bernie Sanders”

  1. You forgot to mention Bernie’s new friend Corbyn. He was left out by accident, surely.

    David Brock of Media Matters and correct the record.

  2. It’s their money to waste. That should keep thelights on in Iowa and New Hampshire a while longer, but it won’t win him the nomination.

  3. Bernie Sanders Answer to War on Drugs: Decriminalize Marijuana!

    The War on Drugs has cost billions in tax dollars and has incarcerated millions of Americans—exploding our prison and jail populations. Bernie Sanders supports the decriminalization of marijuana. He said, “If you possess a small amount of marijuana it should not be a criminal offense, it will be civil, and you might have to pay a fine on that. I support marijuana use for medical purposes, and we’re exploring the pluses and minuses — of which there are both — of moving more aggressively on that issue. In Colorado, people who run marijuana shops can’t put their money in banks, for example. That’s a violation of federal law. So I think there are things that the federal government can do that would make it easier for states that want to go in that direction to be able to do so,” Sanders said.

    Watch the full interview on YouTube:

  4. Hillary Clinton Cozy with Private Prison Racket Profits By Locking Up African Americans!

    Hillary Clinton has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions through lobbyists linked to two major private prison companies, an Intercept investigation found. In the United States, about 18 corporations currently guard some 10,000 prisoners in 27 states, according to the Canadian Centre for Research on Globalization.

  5. Sounds similar to what Rand Paul was espousing last night in the debate. I loathe Paul but, every now and then he has a decent idea and I must give him his due credit.

  6. WHO defines “smear”?

    If the heating oil was cheaper because of the economic actions of Hugo Chavez; offering it to low income Americans supports whatever Chavez’s economic construct is. If the money donated to the Sanders campaign is significant of anything, then the money supporting Chavez’s economic success, by supporting his oil market, is significant too. Personally, I’m not saying none of that should be as it is, but calling the facts a “smear” is fascism. Why is Bernie so afraid to be associated with Hugo Chavez even indirectly? Why so defensive? Hhmmmmmmm???

  7. A donor gave thousands to Hillary and he has something to do with prisons – and this is a problem?

    She will get a billion by the end of this. I am sure there will be more people with all kinds of things you can mention who give but get nothing in return.

    They list their pac money donations even. It is disclosed and transparent even the ones that do not have to be. Above and beyond what is required so people like you cannot accuse her campaign of what you do!

    For the similar reasons of the above article. I had stood in support of, talked about to friends, family and relatives for Senator Warren & Sanders and hoping that either Warren and Sanders would run and maybe even both for Pres and VP either-or would not matter?!? Because deep down in my heart and mind, anyone else is just the same old fear, hate and war mongering. I especially sensed it more strongly when I witnessed Hillary Clinton’s WAR HAWKED FACIAL AND VERBAL STATEMENT AGAINST THE POTUS when POTUS stated diplomacy over war with Iran… That’s when I labelled HRC as Liberal Dick Chaney in very troubled mind and heart that I can not trust a person that has voting history that sides with the Republicans against the interests of Democracy. Yeah, she is vocal and even attempting to look like she is more liberal, but that to me…is a just a façade. Bernie201…

  9. bernies the poorest guy in the senate, with a wealth of around 300k. thats peanuts for a guy who could have cashed in the senate. i cant wait for the whole freakin world to see him, at the oct debate. hillary, and debbie can delay the inevitable for only so long. soon, you will see anti bernie, anti jew, the scary socialst ads. it started yesterday with spam coulter…

  10. Rin…who cares when a corporate-bought establishment Governor endorses a corporate-bought establishment Democrat candidate for President? The people of New Hampshire are endorsing Bernie Sanders for President and it’s making the status quo folks (who work for the elites instead of the public) nervous.

  11. Sandra they are tied in the poll from New Hampshire today. She is ahead in the other 49 states.

    She has hundreds of endorsements including all the officials from his own state who know him best. He has none. Not one person in the party will back him.

    Why do you think this has anything to do with any corporation buying anyone? They are democrats. You must be talking about Repubicans. Hillary was chosen by Obama to be his secretary of state. Because she is corporate bought? Her family runs a charity helping millions around the world because she is corporate bought?

    Bernie is the only pure man in the whole government?

  12. Conservatives Freaking-Out!
    ‘Price Tag of Bernie Sanders’s Proposals: $18 Trillion!
    Democratic presidential candidate’s agenda would greatly expand government’

    From Wall Street Journal with CHARTS:

    WASHINGTON—Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose liberal call to action has propelled his long-shot presidential campaign, is proposing an array of new programs that would amount to the largest peacetime expansion of government in modern American history.

  13. It is disclosed and transparent even the ones that do not have to be. Above and beyond what is required so people like you cannot accuse her campaign of what you do!

    And yet, as you can see, they continue to smear Hillary Clinton with lies, doing the work for Republicans. I guess these people are looking forward to, even working toward, on having another Republican in the White House in 2017.

  14. Calling those facts “smears” riles up the already angry Sanders supporters so that they’ll open their wallets since the Sanders campaign was running out of money.

    And voila! It worked!

  15. Correct The Record jumped the shark with that tone deaf stunt. The beneficiary? Not Hillary, but Bernie. I gave another donation to Bernie after the news broke the other day.

  16. That donation response is very impressive. Bad Brock, bad dog.

    It’s inspired me, too…to make another Clinton donation.

    PS I have, in fact, donated to his campaign before. So please, no attacks from the Bernimaniacs. Or the Clintocracy.

  17. I don’t have a problem with Sanders, but the idea that that he thinks he can win the general election with a few million dollars, I find frightening. He’ll get burried under the billion dollars the repubs have secured for the general.

  18. You don’t know David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, if you think he “jumped the shark”. He’s one of the most honest and meticulous journalists there is today, and everything he wrote in the e-mail is true.

    That’s what pisses off Sanders supporters – truth.

    I guess they’re as thin-skinned as Sanders is when it comes to criticism. Well, tough. Running for president isn’t a cakewalk whilst singing Kum-ba-ya.

    So hold onto your hat, Imzadi, this is only a taste of what Sanders is about to get – something Hillary Clinton has been getting since 1992 from Republicans and people on the so-called far-Left.

    Let’s see what Bernie Sanders is really made of.

  19. “These “similarities” are precisely the type of misinformation Brock’s Media Matters for America was created to expose. If Mr. Brock had a sense of decency, he would issue an apology, but in an interview with Bloomberg Politics on September 15th, he refused to do so and falsely claimed Correct the Record was doing “due diligence.” The Hill describes Brock as “perhaps” Secretary Clinton’s “most aggressive operative.” He is also, perhaps, her most hypocritical operative.”

    David Brock is undermining what is best for the Democratic Party, the United States and democracy in general, and he needs to be exposed along with DebbieWasserman-Schultz and the manipulation by the American deep state an “unelected, unappointed and unaccountable presence within the system that actually manages what is taking place behind the scenes.”

    It goes beyond “DNC head DebbieWasserman-Schultz Hurting the Democratic Party AND Democracy”and until we get it right and co-relate Who Runs the United State…

  20. until we get it right and co-relate Who Runs the United State…
    What does that mean?

  21. She brought China and Russia to the table for the sanctions and was hailed as brilliant at State for her early work on the Iran deal.

    She put out a video of the history. She spoke for an hour at Brookings Ins. last week about Iran and did a Q&A.

    She came out for the deal in her released emails – we just found out – the day it was first discussed.

    She came out for the deal the day obama released it and she was privately briefed before the public since she was involved in it in his cabinet at State.


    I do not know about your skills at facial readings but facts are prohibitive.

  22. until we get it right and co-relate Who Runs the United States by the chaos of divide and conquer that curtains of clarity get drawn open and addressed. How far will the deep state and their controlled duopoly political parties are willing to go to provide a check on democracy one more time is the real question of the coming election. I expect an attack to deny the populist from steering the ship in the will of a peoples’ democracy. This is the real battle of sinners and saints (metaphor).

    A good primer would be “Examining Who Runs the United States” by ANAND

    ” Mike Lofgren, a Republican who spent 28 years as a congressional aide before quitting in 2011, has used “deep state” to describe a subterranean cross-party consensus on issues like “financialization, outsourcing, privatization” — a consensus, Mr. Lofgren has written, from which the public is distracted by above-ground debates over “diversionary social issues such as abortion or gay marriag…

  23. Decapitating the military industrial complex to levels of other countries expenditure on the military would bring not only these to reality but would balance out the budget/s to stop the banksters from making a profit from the taxpayers.

  24. Hillary carpetbaged her way into NY politics for awhile to get a resume. Obama gave her a job after embarrassing the “shoe in” so she could try again. Now the “shoe in” is falling in all polls again to a progressive. Sound familiar. Which one is it that can’t get elected?

  25. When you have money you can feed non-stop lies 24/7 and the ignorant Americans believe them. The Iran deal will give Iran nukes. Your taxes are higher. The President wasn’t born here. The government is going to take away your guns and put you in camps. Katrina is Obama’s fault. Chemtrails. Vaccines will kill you. Black people use all the welfare. People buy lobster with food stamps. Obamaphone. So don’t tell me propaganda does not work. Just because you talk to sane people at least half the country is insane and at least 10% of Democrats have flown over the cookoo nest

  26. The anti Bernie attacks are coming fast and
    furious in here. The sound of desperation?
    Sanders scares the bejesus out of the
    plutocracy, but Hillary and Rep. Schultz
    have nothing to fear, do they?

  27. Yeah. How can this country pay for it. The same way poorer countries pay for it. Pulling together economically for the greater good. Our millionaires will make a few less millions. Do the math.

  28. She’s right. Hillary is corporate sponsored. Who do you think is funding her super pax. Charitable donations? Follow the money! Good advice!

  29. DJ, did you catch in that clip (at 1:17) he says “15 Billion” in healthcare instead of 15 Trillion. A minor mistake but he didn’t realize it after he said billion – it is his plan.

    And Jeff her pac money was disclosed. All the million dollar donors were in the newspapers, all the bundlers are listed in the link I gave, etc.

    Open Secrets has the donors, I have linked to it many times. All good people who want to defeat Republicans.

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