Sanders leads crowded 2020 Democrats field in total fundraising

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders hold a substantial lead over their Democrat competitors for the 2020 presidential nomination according to a poll released Monday

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders hold a substantial lead over their Democrat competitors for the 2020 presidential nomination according to a poll released Monday

The returns, released Monday, show an adjusted gross income for Sanders and his wife Jane of $561,293 in 2018.

Sanders pointed to advances and royalties of his books Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In and Where We Go From Here as the catalyst for his income increases.

Sanders - who is now officially confirmed as a member of the infamous "one percent" after he released his past 10 years of tax returns - was asked why he accepts the lower tax rate afforded to him by Republican-passed tax reform when he advocates the wealthiest Americans pay their "fair share".

CAP, founded in 2003 by John Podesta, who was former President Bill Clinton's final chief of staff and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman, and its top officials have often been accused by progressives loyal to Sanders of seeking to undermine his political agenda - debates that frequently blow up on social media platforms like Twitter.

We've provided two screenshots from the 2014 tax return below.

During a town hall Monday with Bernie Sanders, anchor Bret Baier asked the audience a question about insurance.

Eighteen Democrats are now vying to win the party's nomination to challenge Trump in November 2020. President Trump watches your network a little bit, right?

Sanders later said he's going to "fight for a wealth tax".

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Senator Bernie Sanders has written a scathing letter to the board of the Center for American Progress accusing it of being a "destructive" force in the "critical mission to defeat Donald Trump". "Please do the same".

The Fox News event also bested CNN's town hall with Mr. Sanders on February 25, which drew 1.3 million viewers.

Sanders augmented his Senate salary with book royalties in each of those years, particularly in 2016 and 2017 when he made more than $800,000 each year in royalties.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, families in the United States earning $421,926 or more a year are part of this group.

Immediately before the town hall event, Sanders released a decade's worth of his tax returns after years of resisting disclosure.

"I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country", he added. That year the couple paid about $340,000 in taxes. He made no apologies for his financial well-being, telling the New York Times recently that "if you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too".

University of Maryland Professor Emeritus Peter Morici on 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' socialist economic policies. Sanders and his wife put the institute on hiatus last month amid criticism that the nonprofit blurred lines between family, fundraising and campaigning. But only six - Sanders, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Congressman Beto O'Rourke, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, and Andrew Yang, a former tech executive - are relying chiefly on those small-dollar donors.

A number of other Democratic presidential candidates have released tax returns in recent weeks. "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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