The returns show Sanders and his wife, Jane, earned more than $1 million in total income in 2016 and 2017, wealth powered by book royalties that put the candidate in the company of the "millionaires" he often chides. That year, Sanders disclosed $1.31 million income, combined from his Senate salary and $961,000 in book royalties and sales.
His millionaire status, paired with decades of avid criticism of the millionaire and billionaire class, sets him up for scrutiny in a crowded field of Democrats running for the 2020 nomination. "I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country". Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would carry a hefty price tag for each individual taxpayer.
"Center for American Progress leader Neera Tanden repeatedly calls for unity while simultaneously maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas", Sanders writes. "I worry that the corporate money CAP is receiving is inordinately and inappropriately influencing the role it is playing in the progressive movement".
In a recent op-ed, he outlined his now-familiar promise to take on the "powerful special interests" stemming from "the greed of Wall Street, the power of very big multinational corporations and the influence of the global billionaire class".
Taxes paid: $697,611, or 37%. The senator and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, a lawyer, reported an adjusted gross income of about $1.9 million in 2018, substantially more than the $142,000 Harris declared in 2004 when she was the district attorney of San Francisco. Hey, President Trump, my wife and I just released 10 years.
There's still a lot we don't know about Democratic presidential candidates and their finances. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee have also released returns dating back to 2007. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker.
The wait for Sanders' tax returns lasted well over a month following his promise in a CNN town hall in February that they would be coming "soon".
The earliest return released yesterday, for 2009, was done by hand, which may indicate that the Sanders did the taxes themselves.
How, some Democrats are beginning to ask, do they thwart a 70-something candidate from outside the party structure who is immune to intimidation or incentive and wields support from an unwavering base, without simply reinforcing his "the establishment is out to get me" message - the same grievance Mr. Trump used to great effect? Sanders said to the moderators. He joked his supporters might be thrown off by "my trillions of dollars of investment in Saudi Arabia or Russian Federation". His wife Jane Sanders also has a number of mutual funds as assets.
A number of other Democratic presidential candidates have released tax returns in recent weeks. Trump has repeatedly said he will not because he's under audit, though Democrats have not retreated from the issue.
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