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Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Candidate

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Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Experience: U.S. Senator, Vermont
Total Raised: $212,713,846
Home State: Vermont
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Background

Political

Bernie Sanders first rose to elective office in 1981 and holds an elected position to this day. Sanders has served as an elected official for a total of 34 years and counting, which is 19 more than the average 2016 presidential candidate (15 years).

Main Website berniesanders.com
Political Office Website sanders.senate.gov
Facebook Page senatorsanders
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Personal

Residence Burlington, Vermont
Birthday September 7, 1941 (age 74)
Birthplace New York, NY
Religion Jewish
Spouse Jane
Children Levi
Height 6' 0"
Education
BS, University of Chicago, 1964
Political Experience
Senator, United States Senate, 2006-present
Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1990-2006
Mayor, City of Burlington, 1981-1989
Candidate, United States House of Representatives, 1988
Candidate, Governor of Vermont, 1972, 1976, 1986
Candidate, United States Senate, 1972, 1974
Professional Experience
Author
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Lecturer, Hamilton College, 1989-1990
Lecturer, Harvard University, 1989
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Issues

Individual Rights
-10
Domestic Issues
-9
Economic Issues
-7
Defense and International Issues
-10
Issues and ideology scores for Bernie Sanders are adapted from the VoteMatch political philosophy quiz developed by OnTheIssues.org. For each candidate, OnTheIssues has collected votes, excerpts from speeches, press releases, and other public statements related to each question and then scored them using a methodology that attempts to assign a liberal or conservative viewpoint.

Scores closer to -10 generally mean that a candidate has a more liberal viewpoint, while scores closer to +10 mean a candidate has a more conservative viewpoint. Scores of 0 mean either that there is not enough public data to assign an opinion to a candidate or a candidate's statements are too neutral to describe a viewpoint.

For more information on the VoteMatch ideology and on how Bernie Sanders was scored, visit OnTheIssues' profile page on Sanders.

Individual Rights

Main
Abortion
Women & Minorities
Marriage
Religion
Environment
Voter Rights
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At an ideology score of -10, Bernie Sanders is very liberal when it comes to individual rights. Sanders is more liberal than the average 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate.

Ideology Average
-10
Abortion
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right - Strongly Agrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe right to abortion empowers women and is an important part of women's health rights and women's reproductive freedom. That right includes the right to a government subsidy for poor women who want an abortion. You believe in the 'Right to Choose' and are strongly pro-choice.
FavorsRestricting 'Partial-Birth Abortions' or other specific procedures is reasonable, but clinic access should be unfettered, since other women may choose differently than you. You are pro-choice, but believe that some restrictions are acceptable.
OpposesThe fetus is a human being who has rights independent of its mother's rights. You are "pro-life." While abortion under certain circumstances might be tolerated, the basic rights belong to the fetus, not the mother.
Strongly OpposesAbortion is immoral because it kills a human being, and should never be tolerated. 'Roe v. Wade' should be overturned and we should protest abortion clinics as other forms of injustice are protested.
Women & Minorities
Legally require hiring women & minorities - Strongly Agrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsAffirmative Action makes up for past injustice. Until blacks, women, and other minorities are proportionately represented in the upper classes of the economy and the workplace, society owes them a hand up. Government should actively enforce Affirmative Action laws in private companies.
FavorsUnder-represented groups should be favored, but perhaps basing results on formal quotas goes too far. Nevertheless, the government should prosecute companies which discriminate against women and minorities.
OpposesAffirmative Action is a noble idea, but should not be enforced by government. Government should enforce an end to racial prejudice, period.
Strongly OpposesAffirmative Action is better described as Reverse Discrimination. Quotas based on race and gender are wrong, whichever race or gender they favor. Under-represented groups should fend for themselves without government intervention.
Marriage
Comfortable with same-sex marriage - Strongly Agrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsNeither governments nor corporations have any right to decide about sexual preferences. Give same-sex partners the same status as heterosexual partners, and give same-sex marriages the same status as traditional marriage.
FavorsHomosexuals should be treated with equal respect as other members of society, not treated as criminals. You acknowledge the diversity of our society by including same-sex partners in most or all benefits of heterosexual marriage partners, but civil unions are preferable to using the term 'marriage.'
OpposesHomosexuality is a lifestyle choice, and therefore those who choose it should live by the consequences of their choice. Marriage between a man and a woman is the central institution of American society - we shouldn't do anything that perverts that concept or threatens that ideal.
Strongly OpposesHomosexuality is immoral. You believe that the 'Gay Agenda' seeks to normalize homosexual activity and make it part of the mainstream as 'just another lifestyle.' We must draw the line so that homosexual values are not imposed upon our children.
Religion
Keep God in the public sphere - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsJudeo-Christian values are American values. Belief in God is what America was founded upon, so tax-funding religious organizations, or praying in school, does not violate the separation of church and state. Displaying the Ten Commandments is appropriate because they are the moral basis for Western law. The Pledge of Allegiance should continue to include the phrase "Under God."
FavorsWe need to teach values in our schools and account for our religious values in providing social services. The more our children are exposed to prayer, the Ten Commandments, and other traditional values, the better off they are.
OpposesFaith-based organizations and prayer in schools are inappropriate because they fail to recognize American pluralism and religious diversity.
Strongly OpposesSeparation of church and state precludes allowing school prayer, or providing funding for religious organizations. It also precludes other aspects of religion in government buildings, such as posting the Ten Commandments in public places. We should not violate the Constitutional principle in this case.
Environment
EPA regulations are too restrictive - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe earth is humankind's domain to do with as we see fit.
FavorsHuman needs come first, but it's ok to account for environmental needs after human needs are accounted for.
OpposesWe should balance animal rights with human needs, accounting for nature's value for humans as well as for other environmental benefits.
Strongly OpposesAnimals have inherent rights, and nature has inherent value.
Voter Rights
Make voter registration easier - Strongly Agrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsPublic funds should be used for political campaigns. The best way to reduce the influence of big-money lobbyists and special interests is to remove as much money as possible from campaigning. Free television time would be a good start.
FavorsReforms are needed in campaign finance, in order to reduce the influence of moneyed interests. Those reforms might include restrictions on personal donations to political campaigns; restrictions on corporate, labor union, or PAC donations; and restrictions on PAC activities.
OpposesPoliticians will always find loopholes in any campaign finance reform, so the best approach is just to monitor campaigns for lawbreaking and leave the rest to the press. Better reporting of donations would be useful.
Strongly OpposesCampaign donations are free speech, and should not be limited for corporations nor for individuals. PACs and 527 committees should be similarly allowed free speech via unlimited spending on any issue or any candidate they choose.

Domestic Issues

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Crime
Guns
Healthcare
School Vouchers
Energy
Drugs
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At an ideology score of -9, Bernie Sanders is very liberal when it comes to domestic issues. Sanders is far more liberal than the average 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate.

Ideology Average
-9
Crime
Stricter punishment reduces crime - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThree Strikes' laws put dangerous repeat offenders where they belong - behind bars, for life. And the Death Penalty gets rid of them once and for all. Mandatory sentencing and strict enforcement make sure that judges don't let off criminals too easily.
FavorsKeep death penalty and 'Three Strikes' laws on the books because they seem to be effective, but consider ways to deal with special circumstances so we can avoid horror stories of inappropriate imprisonment.
OpposesStrict enforcement of pre-determined sentencing threatens civil rights and should be used cautiously. Police, courts and prisons should focus on effective enforcement rather than strict enforcement. The death penalty should be used with extreme caution, if at all.
Strongly OpposesJudicial discretion should not be diminished by formulaic sentencing like 'Three Strikes.' Let judges and juries decide what penalties to apply in each case. The death penalty should be abolished as "cruel and unusual punishment".
Guns
Absolute right to gun ownership - Disagrees
Ideology Score
-6
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe right to bear arms is a basic Constitutional right and expresses the democratic principle of self-defense against tyrannical government. Leave gun rights as they are.
FavorsIt's not the instrument, it's the morality. Gun ownership should not be restricted - most gun owners use them safely and responsibly. To reduce gun-related crimes, address the moral problems of society and other issues.
OpposesThe only "gun right" is to self-defense against criminals and the right to a secure home and a secure person. Tighten registration rules and keep guns away from kids.
Strongly OpposesMore guns mean more killing. Limit availability of guns by whatever means are effective. The 2nd amendment does not mean an unlimited right to any and all firearms.
Healthcare
Expand ObamaCare - Strongly Agrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsToo few Americans have adequate health insurance. The government should make funds available for more complete coverage, or should expand existing government-run coverage to all citizens. A single-payer system would solve most healthcare problems.
FavorsThe government should provide coverage or subsidize health insurance for at-risk groups such as children and the elderly. Society benefits when more people are covered. Universal health insurance is a good goal, although some market methods can work as well as government systems.
OpposesWhile more thorough health coverage is a noble idea, further health coverage should be promoted through non-government means.
Strongly OpposesNationalized health care would entail a government takeover of a large portion of the economy and undue intrusions into our personal medical histories. Remove the federal government from the health care industry.
School Vouchers
Vouchers for school choice - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe government should not be in the business of running schools. State-funded vouchers should pay for privately-run education at private schools, parochial schools, charter schools, home-schooling, or whatever schools parents choose. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" act sets the stage for terminating failing schools.
FavorsSchool choice helps the poor who would otherwise be stuck in failing schools. Why should only the elite be able to afford private school? Subsidize parents' school choices to foster equality, as long as the school respects separation of church and state, and meets basic state standards. Charter schools are a good compromise.
OpposesContinue experimenting with charter schools, and with public school choice, but only as a limited experiment, and no vouchers. We should create pressure to improve our public schools, not abandon them. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" act is an unfunded mandate.
Strongly OpposesPublic schools are an important component of American society. Improve public schools rather than destroying them with vouchers. More teachers, smaller classes, more funding - then parents will choose public schools.
Energy
Prioritize green energy - Strongly Agrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsOveruse of fossil fuels causes serious problems that we should deal with immediately by raising carbon taxes, raising CAFE standards, federally funding research into alternative and sustainable energy resources, and push to implement the Kyoto Protocol.
FavorsWe should establish a market-based solution for excess carbon emissions, and the problem will be solved. The Kyoto Protocol should require developing countries' participation to make the solution work.
OpposesThe cost of dealing with global warming is far higher than the potential damage, so we should do nothing. There's some evidence for global warming, but the effects are not certain. We should perhaps sign on to some international agreements, but make only minimal financial commitments for now.
Strongly OpposesThere's no such thing as global warming - it's all natural climatic variation. And if there is a problem, it won't affect us much, and we can deal with the problems as they arise.
Drugs
Marijuana is a gateway drug - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsDrug use is immoral and drugs poison our youth and our society. We should fight the Drug War using all reasonable means - Just Say No!
FavorsThe Drug War is winnable if we invest enough resources. We should do whatever we have to do: More police, more border patrols, more intervention abroad, more prison terms, more prisons.
OpposesWe should have regulated decriminalization. Medical marijuana might be legalized, for example, as might clean hypodermic needles. Our drug policy should be reformed, with less criminal penalties and more drug abuse clinics.
Strongly OpposesThe Drug War should be ended. It has failed, condemning a 'Lost Generation' of blacks and Hispanics to prison and criminal records. End it now like we ended alcohol Prohibition, and organized crime and drug-related crime will decrease like it did when Prohibition ended.

Economic Issues

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Immigration
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At an ideology score of -7, Bernie Sanders is very liberal when it comes to economic issues. Sanders is close to the average 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate.

Ideology Average
-7
Stimulus
Stimulus better than market-led recovery - Agrees
Ideology Score
-6
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe federal government should inject as much funding as needed to recuperate from the Great Recession, including direct federal job creation. Nationalization of banks and companies is more appropriate than bailouts.
FavorsThe federal government should institute incentives for private corporations for more hiring, to recuperate from the Great Recession. Funding to "bail out" private companies should be accompanied by rules for corporate behavior and repayment.
OpposesCutting taxes and reducing regulation is the means to recuperate from the Great Recession.
Strongly OpposesThe federal government caused the Great Recession, and keeping out of the economy will end it.
Taxes
Higher taxes on the wealthy - Strongly Agrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsA progressive income tax is one of the cornerstones of modern society. Its premise is that the wealthy contribute proportionally more than those with lower incomes. That is the right way to run our tax system, and we should keep it that way.
FavorsFlatter taxes benefit the wealthy more than the lower and middle class. We should focus tax relief on the majority of taxpayers instead of on the richest few percent, while preserving important deductions like mortgage interest and charitable donations.
OpposesA Flat Tax would simplify the entire tax system. It would get rid of loopholes that drive tax-avoiding behaviors. And it would remove most deductions and the special interests that come with them. In the meantime, tax cuts benefit the economy in both good economic times and bad economic times.
Strongly OpposesIdeally, the income tax and the IRS should be abolished. Perhaps a national sales tax, like the FairTax, is a good replacement. Lower and flatter taxes are a good first step.
Immigration
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens - Agrees
Ideology Score
-4
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsImmigration restrictions are basically racist because they keep out Hispanics and other non-whites. We should reform US immigration laws and use them to increase our diversity and cultural tolerance. Social services should be offered to all residents of the United States regardless of immigration status. Illegal aliens should be offered amnesty if they prove themselves as productive members of society.
FavorsThe government should make few restrictions on immigration. If the number of immigrants is too high, establish an immigration fee and raise it until the number of immigrants is acceptable. Or change the immigration quotas by some other method.
OpposesMaintain legal immigration while enforcing against illegal immigration. Tighten our borders - decrease substantially or stop all immigration so we can address domestic problems.
Strongly OpposesWe should strictly enforce our immigration laws by increasing border patrols, and we should crack down on illegal immigrants already in the US by deportation and by removing all their social benefits. In the long run, we should decrease immigration.
Social Security
Privatize Social Security - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsOur retirement funds should not be entrusted to the government. The entire Social Security system should be run instead as we currently run IRAs, Keogh plans, 401(k)'s, and other private pension plans.
FavorsThe Trust Fund might be invested in the stock market or via some other private investment vehicle. Individuals should be given at least some control over how their retirement funds are invested.
OpposesSocial Security should remain under federal control, but you want reforms on how the Trust Fund is handled. In particular, the 'Lockbox Bill' is a good first reform, since it keeps the system secure while avoiding privatization.
Strongly OpposesSocial Security should remain forever under federal control to ensure that all Americans have a secure retirement. The Trust Fund should not be invested in anything like the stock market, since that would introduce undue risk.

Defense and International Issues

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America
Role Abroad
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At an ideology score of -10, Bernie Sanders is very liberal when it comes to defense/international issues. Sanders is far more liberal than the average 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate.

Ideology Average
-10
Trade
Support & expand free trade - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsFree trade is always in the people's interest. We should have open trade with every country in the world. The government has no right to make restrictions on imports or exports. NAFTA, GATT, and the WTO should be expanded and made less restrictive over time. Globalization is good.
FavorsFree trade is in our national interest because it provides economic growth and jobs. We should only restrict free trade when it poses a security risk. Including environmental and labor safeguards are acceptable if they can be successfully negotiated into trade agreements, but should not be used as a pretext to stop trade agreements.
OpposesFree trade should be replaced by fair trade. Free trade is not in our national interest when it poses a risk to job security, causes humanitarian problems overseas, or results in environmental damage. Globalization should focus on benefiting people instead of benefiting multinational corporations.
Strongly OpposesAmericans should buy from other Americans because that creates American jobs. We should restrict trade with any country which costs us jobs or which creates a trade deficit. Globalization is just another means of corporate influence over our society.
Military
Expand the military - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsWe have an obligation as the leaders of the world to maintain a strong military. And we have an obligation to our service personnel to pay them adequately.
FavorsWe should consider carefully before making more cuts - for example, base closings have hurt local economies, and reducing military personnel has put pressure on employment.
OpposesBuild smart, not necessarily big. Money is often better spent on issues other than defense. We should cut back on troops stationed abroad and focus on quality of our troops instead of quantity.
Strongly OpposesDefense spending includes huge amounts of pork-barrel spending and should be reduced dramatically. We should change our Defense policy to one of defense, instead of one where we police the world. Pull US troops out of Europe, Japan, Korea, and elsewhere. We are wrong to have a military that is as large as the rest of the world combined.
America
Support American Exceptionalism - Strongly Disagrees
Ideology Score
-10
PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe United Nations has too much power; the U.S. should withdraw, or restrict their actions. The same applies to other international institutions.
FavorsUnited States military forces should never serve under other countries' commands; but multinational forces are acceptable under U.S. command. In general, the U.S. should consider her own national interests first, and then act with other nations in accordance with those interests.
OpposesWe can best advance U.S. interests by building alliances and working with other countries on mutual interests. Multilateralism is more effective than unilateralism.
Strongly OpposesThe U.S. is just one country among hundreds; we are an important country but the opinions of others count too. We should not throw our weight around, but should use "soft power" and seek other non-military solutions.
Role Abroad
Avoid foreign entanglements - Strongly Agrees
Ideology Score
-10
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Financials

Campaign Fundraising Summary

Total Raised
Strong Fundraising Numbers

As of April 30, 2016, Bernie Sanders raised a total of $213M across all affiliated campaign committees. Sanders raised the second most of all 2016 presidential candidates and 8.6 times more than the average ($24.9M).

Official Committee: Bernie 2016

Sanders does not have a super PAC

Note: Campaign finance disclosures are released on a quarterly basis by the Federal Election Commission in the year preceding an election. They are released monthly during the election year.

Official Committee Summary

As of April 30, 2016, Bernie 2016 raised a total of $213M for the 2016 election. This is greater than the average of all Presidential campaign committees this cycle ($7.69M).

Individual contributions to the committee made up approximately 98% of the total, of which 61% came from small donors. Contributions from other sources made up about 2%.

* Note: Individuals may give candidates for national office up to $2,700 per election (where primary and general are counted as separate elections).

ReceiptsAmount
Contributions$209,070,815
 
Large (Itemized)
$81,134,288
 
Small (Unitemized)
$127,931,377
 
PAC Contributions
$5,149
Transfers from Affiliated Committees$1,500,000
Offsets to Operating Expenditures$2,099,259
Other Receipts$43,771
Total Receipts$212,713,846

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In-State
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Daily Average
The average amount per day raised by current candidates' official committees since their respective announcement dates.

Outside Spending

During an election year, groups or individuals often make political expenditures independently of candidates' committees that support or oppose their candidacy. This "outside spending" from PACs, Super PACs, party committees, and other politically active organizations makes up a large part of total spending and can play a significant role in influencing races for national office.
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Fundraising Events

Recent fundraisers that Bernie Sanders attended and/or benefited from. Fundraiser information is collected by the Sunlight Foundation from anonymous lobbyist sources, political websites and media reports.
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Campaign

Months of Candidacy
Longer than Average Campaign

Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for President of the United States on May 26, 2015. To date, Sanders has run for approximately 12.2 months - far longer than the average for all 2016 candidates so far (8 months) and 3 weeks longer than Donald Trump's campaign.

Votes for Bernie Sanders in Primary States

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Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic field at 1,768 pledged delegates, with Bernie Sanders in second at 1,494. The first candidate to receive 2,383 delegates will win the nomination.

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Polling

Relatively Low Standing in Polls

As of May 23, 2016, Bernie Sanders is polling nationally at 43.4% for the Democratic primary race. Sanders is in second place in the polls and 8.6 percentage points behind the frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.

The poll has trended slightly downward over the past month, and saw it's highest point in that time period on April 23, 2016 at 46%.

Source: RealClearPolitics

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Net Worth

Net Worth
Very Low Comparative Net Worth

According to the latest data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Bernie Sanders has a net worth of approximately $330,506. This is far lower than average amongst all 2016 presidential candidates and far lower than the average Democratic candidate.

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Compare to Other Members of Congress

Net worth figures are calculated by the Center for Responsive Politics and are based off of financial disclosures filed in 2013 by members of Congress. They are derived by adding a member's full range of reported assets and then subtracting their liabilities, with average net worth being the resulting midpoint. For more information, visit the Center for Responsive Politics.
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As of 2014, Senator Sanders had an average net worth of $436,013, which is slightly lower than average for members of Congress and the 81st highest of all senators. Sanders's net worth was $662,996 less than the average member of Congress and $2,438,753 less than the average senator.

Congressional Average: $1,099,009

Senator Average: $2,874,766

Vermont Average: $436,013

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Congressional Record

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Several interest groups publish perodic Congressional scorecards to rate congressmembers' stances on certain issues. These evaluations are usually derived by comparing the way a member voted to the way the group would have voted on key pieces of legislaton and then issuing a score out of 100 to reflect how closely the votes match up.

Based on ratings from national interest groups published between 2012 and 2014 and aggregated by Project Vote Smart, Senator Sanders has a voting record that is:

  • Strongly pro-choice
  • Strongly pro-animal welfare
  • Strongly fiscally liberal
  • Strongly anti-business
  • Strongly pro-civil rights
  • Strongly anti-conservative principles
  • Strongly pro-public education
  • Strongly pro-environmental regulation
  • Strongly pro-immigration
  • Strongly pro-labor
  • Strongly pro-liberal principles
  • Strongly pro-peace and diplomacy
  • Strongly anti-trade
Ratings by Various Interest Groups
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Abortion
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America: 100%
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100%
  • Campaign for Working Families: 0%
  • National Right to Life Committee: 0%
Animal Rights
  • Animal Welfare Institute: 50%
  • The Humane Society Legislative Fund: 100%
Budget and Spending
  • The Club for Growth: 7%
  • FreedomWorks: 5%
  • Americans for Prosperity: 4%
Business
  • United States Chamber of Commerce: 13%
Civil Liberties and Social Issues
  • Alliance for Retired Americans: 100%
  • American Civil Liberties Union: 100%
  • Human Rights Campaign: 100%
  • Family Research Council: 0%
Conservative Principles
  • American Conservative Union: 8%
  • Competitive Enterprise Institute: 0%
  • Heritage Action for America: 6%
  • The John Birch Society: 10%
Education
  • National Education Association: 100%
Environment
  • Food Policy Action: 83%
  • League of Conservation Voters: 95%
Immigration
  • NumbersUSA: 7%
Labor
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers: 100%
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU): 100%
  • United Food & Commercial Workers: 100%
Liberal Principles
  • Progressive Punch: 97%
  • Americans for Democratic Action:
National Security and Defense
  • Citizens for Global Solutions: 92%
  • Peace Action West: 67%
  • American Security Council Foundation: 22%
  • Center for Security Policy: 0%
Trade
  • USA Engage: 13%

Legislation

Legislation by Subject

As of May 23, 2016, Senator Sanders has sponsored 29 bills or resolutions in the 114th Congress. This is slightly less than the sponsorship average (33 bills) of all senators in this Congress. Sanders has also cosponsored 198 bills or resolutions so far, which is around the cosponsorship average.

Of those 29 pieces of sponsored legislation:

  • 29 have been referred to a committee for further action.

For more information on Senator Sanders's record in Congress, visit our corresponding congressional profile.

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Following

Weekly Follower Gain

24,653

A decline of -0.30% compared to last week

Tweets Per Month

167.2

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Weekly Likes Gain

41,945

Weekly Article Gain

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Chart shows distribution of Facebook page fans for the page's top 45 countries. The limit on the number of countries is set by Facebook. As of February 2, 2016.

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Google Trends tracks and ranks how often a presidential candidate's name is searched by state and over time on a scale from 1 to 100. The higher the denomination, the more popular the name was searched in a given state and time period, respectively. This data dates back 12 months.
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