'Climate Change Advocate' Bernie Sanders Spent $300k On Private Jets In October
Sanders spent the amount on private jets so he could speak to audiences before midterms
You've probably heard of the saying 'lead by example?' Well, that's probably a phrase Bernie Sanders hasn't heard off since he spent a massive y $300,000 on private air travel in October while preaching to us about climate change.
Sanders spent the amount on private jets so he could speak to audiences in nine battleground states ahead of the midterm elections in November.
The U.S. senator seized the chance to test the waters for a potential 2020 presidential run, reports say.
Sanders’ 2018 campaign committee published an Oct. 10 payment amount of $297,685 to Apollo Jets, a charter jet company employed by retired sports stars Derek Jeter and Shaquille O’Neal, federal campaign reports obtained by VTDigger.or say
“This expense was for transportation for the senator’s nine-day, nine-state tour to support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot ahead of Election Day,” senior communications adviser for Friends of Bernie Sanders, Arianna Jones said.
“This cost covered the entirety of the tour from Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, and back to Vermont,” Jones continued.
“The senator participated in 25 events.”
Jone insisted Sanders required the private charter jets so he could campaign for a candidate and return to Vermont to join the state Democratic Party's campaign efforts.
Climate change is a planetary crisis. Our task is clear. We must take on the fossil fuel industry that's largely responsible for global emissions and accelerate our transition toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources. https://t.co/661WsIZJYt— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 10, 2018
The guilty Sanders campaign bought almost $5,000 in carbon offsets to 'balance out the emissions' produced from the travel (a carbon offset is an emissions reduction elsewhere that compensates for the big one).
Sanders has said there is a need to reduce the effects of climate change, calling it the “single greatest threat facing our planet.”
On the same day his campaign paid Apollo Jets, Sanders tweeted that Climate change was a"planetary crisis."
"Climate change is a planetary crisis. Our task is clear. We must take on the fossil fuel industry that’s largely responsible for global emissions and accelerate our transition toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources,” Sanders wrote.
“He wanted to go where he thinks he can be helpful in energizing the base and bringing in young people and independent voters and working-class voters who supported him,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ 2016 campaign manager, and longtime political adviser.
The campaign also funded $13,500 to Virginia-based travel agency Metropolitan Travel at the end of September.
In 2017, the Sanders campaign paid $37,567 to Apollo Jets, according to the Washington Free Beacon
Throughout the 2016 presidential election, Sanders spent $5.2 million on private jet service in just six months.
What was that you were saying about climate change Bernie?