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Fri Jan 22, 2016, 11:51 AM


Bernie Sanders Gets Group Endorsements When Members Decide; Hillary Clinton When Leaders Decide [View all]

In the war for endorsements in the Democratic presidential primary, there is a clear trend.

Every major union or progressive organization that let its members have a vote endorsed Bernie Sanders.

Meanwhile, all of Hillary Clintonís major group endorsements come from organizations where the leaders decide. And several of those endorsements were accompanied by criticisms from members about the lack of a democratic process.

Itís perhaps the clearest example yet of Clintonís powerful appeal to the Democratic Partyís elite, even as support for Sanders explodes among the rank and file.

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For example, Clinton got an endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign this week. That decision was made not by a vote of HRCís membership list but instead by a 32-member executive board that includes Mike Berman, the president of a lobbying firm that works for Pfizer, Comcast, and the health insurance lobby. Northrup Grumman is among its list of major corporate sponsors.

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While all four major organizations that held membership votes endorsed Sanders, two that did not hold open membership votes also endorsed him: the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and National Nurses United.

Sanders was endorsed by MoveOn with 78 percent of voters choosing him; in the Democracy for America vote, he won nearly 88 percent; and 87 percent of Working Families Party voters chose Sanders.


Good chart at link.

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