Sanders’ income grows with book deals
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