If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that Bernie Sanders no longer rails against ‘millionaires and billionaires.’
Most people assume he dropped millionaires from his routine because he became one.
It’s not just Bernie who has benefited from his public service however.
Writer Peter Schweizer notes that Bernie’s family has also done well.
From FOX News:
Peter Schweizer: Bernie Sanders rails about common good but public service has made him (and his family) rich
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been a loud and constant voice for socialist policies throughout his 30 years in Washington, D.C., a self-proclaimed champion of the collective good. But in researching my new book, “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Political Elite,” I discovered that while Sanders may talk about the common good, his public service has made him and his family quite wealthy.
Perhaps no one has benefited more from Sanders’s career in politics than his wife Jane.
When Bernie was first elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he appointed his then-girlfriend, Jane Driscoll, to head his administration’s Youth Office. Though the position was originally unpaid, Bernie eventually put Jane on the payroll over objections of the city council. The job was never advertised so that others could apply. A local paper noted that Sanders never bothered to provide evidence as to Jane’s “qualifications” for the position.
After Bernie won election to Congress in 1990, Jane’s business ties to her husband rose to a new level.
In Washington, Jane became one of her husband’s top aides, serving at various times as his chief of staff, press secretary and political analyst. After a decade in Congress, Jane and family went about setting up a company that operated under three different names to provide income tied to Bernie’s political career.
All of this information is from a new book by Schweizer which explores how so many politicians have enriched themselves and their families.
Thank you @peterschweizer for this eye opening book and the painstaking research that went into it! I am only half way through because I have to keep rereading pages in disbelief and utter disappointment in our public servants. So many have made millions off their offices!!! pic.twitter.com/IMnt5SwdCr
— 🇺🇸KatheeDC🇺🇸 (@KatheeDC) January 25, 2020
#1 on all of Amazon. If you haven't picked up a copy of my new book "Profiles in Corruption" please do. https://t.co/VUdtuDi09Z
— Peter Schweizer (@peterschweizer) January 25, 2020
This is an important topic which deserves more attention.
Public service is not supposed to be a path to wealth.