By Zach Montellaro
November 30, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign is ramping up spending and staffing to try to catch up to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D).
“Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver told Reuters that the campaign rewrote its budgets last week, doubling them to add more staff in each of the states holding nominating contests on March 1. … Weaver said the campaign has also begun adding two dozen additional paid field staffers in the first contest in Iowa, which holds caucuses on February 1.” (Reuters)
HAMMERING O’MALLEY. A leaked memo from the Sanders camp hammers former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) immigration plans.
The memo reads: “Unlike the O’Malley platform, the Sanders platform speaks to providing deferred action to undocumented immigrants engaged in labor disputes, eliminating the ‘significant misdemeanor’ bar in enforcement, and providing discretion for immigrants with non-immigration convictions, such as identity theft, driving without a license felonies, and survival crimes. … Unlike the O’Malley platform, the Sanders platform does not afford special treatment to ‘high-skilled’ workers that big corporations demand, and instead includes workers of all backgrounds.”
When asked for a comment on the memo, an O’Malley spokeswoman Lis Smith fired back, “They only feel the need to whitewash Sanders’ nativist and offensive immigration statements by comparing their immigration ‘plan’ to Martin O’Malley’s? It will take a lot more than a bad copy and paste job for them to catch up with someone who has actually been a leader on this issues.” (Politico)
MORE WOMEN DONORS. Sanders’ camp said more women have given to his campaign than Clinton’s.
“As of the last reporting period at the end of September, some 301,154 women gave money to Sanders in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to his campaign. That would top the approximately 240,000 women who have given money to Clinton since she launched her campaign.” (Washington Post)
NOT ALWAYS ON THE FRONTLINES. As “Sanders tries to distinguish himself from Hillary Rodham Clinton and rally his progressive base, one issue where he has claimed a clear advantage is in the long battle over gay rights. … But on his home turf in Vermont, the first state to recognize civil unions and a trailblazer in same-sex marriage rights, gay rights advocates say Mr. Sanders was less than a leader, and not entirely present, on the issue.”
“Mr. Sanders was not ‘a real active participant in the fight’ for civil rights, said David Moats, the author of ‘Civil Wars,’ who won a Pulitzer Prize for his editorials on the issue in The Rutland Herald.”
“In November 2000, just before Election Day, Mr. Sanders and the state’s two senators accompanied Robert T. Stafford, the 87-year-old Republican elder statesman, to a news conference where Mr. Stafford asked, ‘What is the harm?’ in allowing gay unions. When it came time for Mr. Sanders to speak, he deplored the demonization of gay people but complained that the virulent opposition to civil unions diverted attention from prescription drug costs, health care and other economic issues.” (New York Times)
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