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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:33 PM
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Cult status, fundraising effort for Sanders
Source: The Hill

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) wasn't just the toast of Twitter during his Friday floor monologue against President Obama's tax deal with the GOP, but also inspired a website that sprung up in his honor.

Somewhere around the seventh hour of the 8.5 hour #filibernie, Sanders tweeted a link to the site IsBernieSandersStillTalking.com.

On Saturday morning, the white screen of the site read in big black letters, "No, but he's still awesome!"

Below that was a link to donate to Act Blue, a PAC that fundraises for liberal candidates and causes. "Senator Sanders has taken over the Senate to stand up for us. Show Bernie you stand up for him by throwing him a couple of bucks!" the page reads. As of Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Eastern time, $6,022 had been raised off the Filibernie.



Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/133219...
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:40 PM
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1. He has turned himself into the Ron Paul of the Democratic party.
More power to him.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:52 PM
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6. you do know that he is NOT a member
of the Democratic caucus. He is an independent.
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louis c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:48 PM
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11. He is a member of the Democratic caucus, he's not a member of the Democratic Party. (NT)
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:50 PM
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12. Belonging to the Democratic caucus means very little.
Lieberman, Nelson, Baucus and Blanche Lincoln all considered themselves to be Democrats -- I don't.
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Cal33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:50 AM
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41. Sen. Sanders may be persuaded to run for the presidency in 2012.
If so, it may be the beginning of a third MAJOR party. In general I
like the idea of three or more major parties in our country . It
would be much healthier for us.

But if the above were to happen in 2012, it would be at the expense
of the Democratic Party, I think, and it would help the Repubs. to
win. And if the Repubs. should win in 2012, it's possibile that
there will be no more future elections in this nation of ours.
The Repubs. tried under Bush, but didn't succeed. The next time they
might. Corporate America would have won -- and would be king! There
would be no other political parties. Period!

Timing is so important.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:44 AM
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43. Sanders doesn't consider himself a Dem.
Edited on Sun Dec-12-10 11:46 AM by No Elephants
"Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist,<1><2> and has praised European social democracy. He is the first person elected to the U.S. Senate to identify as a socialist.<3>

<snip>

Sanders's political career began in 1971, when he joined the anti-Vietnam War Liberty Union Party in Vermont. Sanders was an unsuccessful Liberty Union candidate for election to the Senate in 1972 and 1974, as well as for governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976. In his initial campaign, Sanders received only 2% of the vote, but his subsequent races for Senate and Governor were slightly more successful, his highest vote tally being 6%.

In 1979, Sanders resigned from the Liberty Union party and worked as a writer and the director of the non-profit American People's Historical Society. In 1981, at the suggestion of his friend Richard Sugarman, a religion professor at the University of Vermont, Sanders ran for mayor of Burlington and defeated six-term Democratic incumbent Gordon Paquette by 12 votes, in a four-way contest. (An independent candidate, Richard Bove, split the Democratic vote after losing the primary to Paquette).

Increasingly popular because of his successful revitalization of Burlington's downtown area, Sanders won three more terms, defeating both Democratic and Republican candidates. In his last run for mayor, in 1987, he defeated a candidate endorsed by both major parties.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Sanders
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:40 AM
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42. He self-describes as a Democratic-Socialist, appears on the ballot as and independent and caucuses
with Democrats.


Per his wiki, he is the first person elected to the U.S. Senate to identify as a socialist.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:10 PM
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25. what exactly are you trying to say?...
just asking, because I don't want to put words in your mouth.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:52 PM
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28. and obama has turned himself into the ronald reagan of the democratic party..
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 10:52 PM by frylock
and oh yeah, bernie's not a dem. but i'm sure you knew that.
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 12:43 AM
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34. Touch. n/t
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:51 AM
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44. During the primary, both Obama and Hillary put St. Ronnie on their list of top ten U.S. Presidents
of all time. And, Hillary had Bill on her list, too. After the obligatory (for Dems) Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, she had only five free shots and Obama six.
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ladjf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:52 PM
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2. Great! I"m going to send money in Bernie's name. nt
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:48 PM
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3. Marta & I kicked in at Act Blue too

I'm back but typing slow. So even though I'm home out of the snow storm, I won't post a lot.

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:51 PM
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4. Good luck to you two. That kind of snow is just no fun at all. n/t
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earcandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:24 PM
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5. "Give me my blue cloth, I'll wash my own face and grab the rocker for joy"
Blue is the new black....

Wagons and Boys
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Snotcicles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:29 PM
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7. I threw a couple bucks his way. Thanks for posting. nt
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Poboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:31 PM
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8. K&R Just donated at link to ActBlue-
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:42 PM
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Poboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:47 PM
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10. This is to fund his campaign.
If you do not realize how big an enemy he has made himself for the corporate powers that be, you are naive.
Big money will be coming in to defeat this man and the voice he brings for all of us. It is a corrupt system, but this is the system we are currently in.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:51 PM
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:10 PM
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14. Bernie Sanders is no millionaire.
He's a pauper by Senate standards.

Net Worth (as of 2009): From $-234,989 to $444,996
Rank: 99th in Senate
http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N000...

Rep. Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who trounced millionaire Rich Tarrant in Vermont's Senate race, seems to live a spartan life, in accordance with his political beliefs. Aside from a Burlington condominium valued at $100,000 to $250,000, he had just $31,000 to $115,000 stashed in a credit union and a retirement account.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:mD...
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:21 PM
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16. He lives simply and humbly and fights for those with nothing. nt
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MindandSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:16 PM
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31. Finally, an honest, hard working politician with a social conscience!
Go Barnie!
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:43 PM
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19. wow. that *is* small net worth for a senator. now i *am* impressed; he walks
the walk, cause heaven knows he's had a long time to enrich himself if he chose to.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 06:30 AM
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37. well then, you should be just as impressed by Pat Leahy's small net worth
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), 2009

Net Worth: From $49,007 to $210,000
Rank: 97th in Senate
*
Assets: 5 totaling $49,007 to $210,000

And he's had even longer to enrich himself.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:12 PM
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26. wow....
I like him even better now.
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:18 PM
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15. K & R nt
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:27 PM
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17. K&R n/t
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:42 PM
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18. k and r....
Bernie is the real thing! I so enjoyed listening to him yesterday.
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:27 PM
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20. kick for Bernie
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:39 PM
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21. K&R!!!!!
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unkachuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:43 PM
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22. K&R for Bernie!....n/t
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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:54 PM
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23. Link for the lazy
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:56 PM
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24. Big Thanks Bernie....
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:52 PM
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27. Throwin' some bucks to Bernie -always the real deal.
Thanks for posting, Joanne.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:56 PM
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29. K&R
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:56 PM
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30. K&R
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:46 PM
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32. kick and recommend!!
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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:57 PM
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33. Now there's a cult I actually want to join! K&R nt
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:27 AM
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35. AMERICA's Senator, ... Yes, he is!
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StarsInHerHair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:27 AM
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36. Bernie's more Democratic than Democrats...........
nt
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 09:48 AM
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38. Make Bernie the new Majority Leader.
He's a majority of one as I see it.
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gibby2433 Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:04 AM
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39. I consider myself a member of the Bernie Party; screw the Dems n/t
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:38 AM
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40. Me too.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 12:04 PM
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45. What a POS headline from The Hill. $6022 nationwide is peanuts, not a cult.
Edited on Sun Dec-12-10 12:36 PM by No Elephants
In one weekend, we laid well over a million bucks on the Blue Dog opposing Michelle Bachmann 2 years ago--and the election was only a day away. No one mentioned a cult then.

Cheap shot. Reconfirms my distrust of The Hill.


Donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/isbernietalk...

Give whatever you can. He'll need it, Both Parties endorsed his opponent when he ran for Mayor of Burlington (kind of the opposite of both Parties' all but abandoning their own candidate when LIEberman ran as an indie).

Can you imagine what they'll do against him now?
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