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Latest Filing Details Bernie Sanders' Thriving Campaign

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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.

Ka-ching!

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Largest Campaign Spending Recipients

Company State     Amount Paid     Category
Tigereye Promotions OH $2,535,987 Campaign merchandise
Revolution Messaging DC $2,532,347 Digital consulting; ad buy
DemSign TX $668,377 Campaign merchandise
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
Stripe CA $86,532 Video production
Devine Mulvey Longabaugh DC $86,532 Video production


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The Rapid Growth of Bernie's Campaign Payroll

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Notable Expenses

  • 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

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