As he seeks the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has an ally in Choctaw, Okla. Bill Haivala is an 82-year-old retired electronics technician.
“I like to find people that basically support, if you call it, a progressive or socialist agenda,” Haivala told Seven Days. “Bernie Sanders is talking about how America should look like Scandinavian countries. That rings a bell with me.”
In July, Haivala found Sanders’ campaign website and made a donation: $250. That’s chickenfeed in a political contest. But democratic socialist Sanders is getting enough of it — from letter carriers, artists, accountants, librarians — to make a towering pile.
Sanders’ latest Federal Election Commission filing, released last Thursday, shows that his campaign raised $26.2 million in the three months leading up to September 30. Since he joined the race, roughly 650,000 people have donated to his campaign — and just 270 of them have given the legal limit of $2,700.
Seven Days sliced and diced the data. The campaign collects zip code and employer info from most donors.
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at who’s giving to Sanders — and how the campaign is spending its money. Data are from the quarter that ended September 30, except where noted.
Largest Campaign Spending Recipients
|Tigereye Promotions||OH||$2,535,987||Campaign merchandise|
|Revolution Messaging||DC||$2,532,347||Digital consulting; ad buy|
|ActBlue Technical Services||MA||$659,427||Donation processing|
|Five Maples||VT||$476,084||Fundraising/direct mail|
|People's United Bank||CT||$376,907||Payroll taxes; bank fees|
|New Hampshire Democratic Party||NH||$140,500||Voter lists; party contribution; event tickets|
|First Step Print Shop||VT||$124,445||Printing|
|Devine Mulvey Longabaugh||DC||$86,532||Video production|
The Rapid Growth of Bernie's Campaign Payroll
- Tickets to the Iowa State Fair — $400
- J's Oyster Bar, Portland, Maine — $316.30
- Uber — $615.89
- Booth rental at Cedar Valley Pridefest in Iowa — $400
- Voter list from South Carolina Democratic Party — $75,000
- Portable toilet rental from AR-JON Portable Toilets & Vienna Septic Tank Service — $402.80
- Foldingchairs4less.com — $761.86