San­ders’ in­come grows with book deals

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS -

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie San­ders, who has made in­come in­equal­ity a hall­mark of his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, earned with his wife about $566,000 last year and $1.15 mil­lion in 2017, putting them in the na­tion’s high­est in­come brack­ets, according to tax returns re­leased by the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date on Mon­day.

Much of San­ders’ in­come came from books he has writ­ten about his demo­cratic so­cial­ist plat­form, which in­cludes a call for higher taxes on the wealthiest Amer­i­cans.

San­ders has be­come wealth­ier, in part, by cash­ing in on his sta­tus as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. In 2014, prior to his first pres­i­den­tial run, he re­ported an in­come with his wife of about $206,000, according to his tax returns.

Since then, he has writ­ten two cam­paign-ori­ented books: “Our Rev­o­lu­tion” in November 2016 and “Where We Go From Here” in November 2018. The im­pact of his book con­tracts is most ev­i­dent in San­ders’ re­turn for 2017, when he and his wife re­ported wages of $139,549 and busi­ness in­come – most of it from books – of $961,784.

– Washington Post

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