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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.



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


The Rapid Growth of Bernie's Campaign Payroll


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
  • — $761.86