Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont made over $1 million in 2017, the second year in a row his income has equaled seven figures, the VTDigger reports.
The Senate salary was $174,000. The majority of Sanders’ income came from advances and royalties totaling $885,767, according to a May financial report reviewed by VTDigger.
Sanders’ income first crossed the $1 million mark in 2016 when he made $795,000 on an advance for his book “Our Revolution” published the same year.
Sanders is a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist and ran for president in the 2016 election but lost in the Democrat primary to Hillary Clinton. Sanders gained a following using class warfare, pitting poor and middle-class Americans against the upper middle-class and the wealthy. Sanders campaigned on a higher minimum wage, free college tuition and raising taxes on the rich. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Made Nearly A Million On His Book, Financial Disclosures Show)
How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can’t have it all.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 21, 2017
In 2016, the same year he scored his book’s advance, Sanders purchased a $600,000 lakefront house in Vermont. Sanders and his family have used the four-bedroom beach house as a seasonal vacation home. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Pays $600,000 For New Summer Vacation Home)
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