Campaign

“I Don’t Have a Super PAC”

This weekend Bernie appeared on “Face the Nation” with John Dickerson and made these comments:

“Look, let me be very clear. This disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision is undermining American democracy. And when you have a family like the Koch brothers, the second wealthiest family in America … spending more money in this campaign than either the Democratic or Republican parties, I worry about us moving toward oligarchy, where our political system is controlled by the rich and the powerful.

“I am raising money from small individual contributions. BernieSanders.com has raised now — some 200,000 people have sent in small contributions. I don’t have a super PAC. I don’t want money from the billionaires. And that’s the way we’re going to run our campaign.”

The following exchange then took place:

DICKERSON: Senator, one last question. We have just very little time here. If the system is corrupt, does that also mean that the lawmakers who are accepting money are also corrupt?

SANDERS: It means that you have a campaign finance system which is absolutely corrupt.

Look, American democracy does not mean that billionaires should be able to buy elections and buy candidates. We have got to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. And, in my view, John, we have got to move public funding of elections.

DICKERSON: But no — you’re not saying your colleagues are corrupt? Just a final point on that.

SANDERS: I’m saying that the system is corrupt … but people who take this money obey the law. You know, they’re not doing something illegal.

Bernie has steadfastly refused to run a personality-driven campaign. Rather than attack his primary opponents personally, he continues to discuss the systemic problems with our political system – problems which include the corrupting influence of campaign financing, and the tendency to conduct and cover campaigns as if they were horse races.

He also continues to show, by example, how campaigns can be conducted.