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Sen. Bernie Sanders Leads The Democratic Field After Raising $34.5 Million In Fourth Quarter

Running for president isn’t for the faint of heart, and that goes for people light in their pockets. The presidential office in the United States costs a pretty penny, and even the most sincere and most qualified candidates don’t have a shot at winning a presidential election if they don’t have the money to back them up. That’s why it was so hard to see Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke leave the race. You know they had good intentions, and they were definitely qualified, but if you can’t get big backers, you practically have no hope. Now that the race is hitting up, it’s kicking off 2020 sort of the way it did back in 2016. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders is, as of now, the top Democratic presidential candidate that has raised the most money. In the fourth quarter of 2019, he generated $34.5 million topping all other candidates.

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Sen. Sanders “is proving each and every day that working-class Americans are ready and willing to fully fund a campaign that stands up for them and takes on the biggest corporations and the wealthy,” Sen. Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said to The New York Times. “You build a grass-roots movement to beat Donald Trump and create a political revolution one $18 donation at a time, and that’s exactly why Bernie is going to win.”

And those gains are just from the fourth quarter. Overall, in 2019, Sen. Sanders raised $96 million. 

“I’m incredibly proud to announce we raised $34.5 million from 1.8 million contributions in the fourth quarter,” Sen. Sanders tweeted. “Our average contribution: just $18. Together, we’re proving you don’t need to beg the wealthy and the powerful for campaign contributions in order to win elections.” He went on to tweet, “Ours is the only campaign in this Democratic primary with more donations than Donald Trump.” Ouch. 

Here is how the rest of the candidates fared in the last quarter:

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  • Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised more than $24.7 million.
  • Former President Joe Biden raised $22.7 million. 
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $21.2 million. 
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang raised more than $16.5 million.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised $11.4 million.
  • Sen. Cory Booker raised $6.6 million. 

Things are looking pretty good for the Democratsas a whole, but there’s one issue: President Donald Trump has raised more than all of them combined.

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The New York Times reports that Trump raised $143 million in 2019 and has a whopping $102.7 million in cash. We’ll wait until you pick up your jaw off the floor. 

While those values are pretty staggering, it’s important to note that Trump gets money from anyone, and that includes corporations and Super PACs. The Democratic candidates, with the exception of a couple, are raising money from individuals like you and me, not billion-dollar institutions. However, here’s a cool signal that the Democrats could win, if you do the math, the Democrats raised a lot more money together than Trump. Politico reports, “Democratic presidential contenders and the Democratic National Committee combined raised over $480 million in the last year.” That’s a lot more than Trump did, which means there’s still a chance to beat him. 

People on social media are very thrilled to see Sen. Sanders at the top, considering some weren’t too keen on having Biden as their only choice for a Democratic presidential candidate.

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Claire Sandberg, the National Organizing Director for the Bernie Sanders campaign, tweeted that we may or may not be going to war with Iran but that Sanders is giving people hope that the future can still be a positive one.  

“Things feel pretty damn bleak this morning, but something giving me hope in the face of this nightmare is the fact that every day thousands of volunteer leaders are putting in long hours organizing around a vision of a fundamentally transformed society.”

We’ve seen so much momentum coming out of the Sanders campaign with massive crowds at each of his rallies.

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Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Sen. Sanders, after she officially endorsed the candidate, out on the West Coast. She wanted to reach out to the Latino community and made a very significant effort to speak to them in Spanish. 

“Bernie knows that he’s not going to be able get all of these things done himself. He’s going to have to empower hundreds of thousands of people, which he already has successfully I would say,” Belén Sisa, Sanders’ Latino Press Secretary, told BuzzFeed News last month. “But with minority communities, it takes more. You have to be authentic, you have to be consistent, because we can see through efforts to only gain our vote when you need it.”

READ: Although She’s Still Too Young To Serve As VP, Bernie Sanders Says AOC Will Service In His Administration If He Wins

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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