Sen. Bernie Sanders frequently talks about the need for a political revolution. The Democratic Socialists of America are on board, and they’re willing to spend money to boost his candidacy as a means of raising awareness about their ideology.
According to its July quarterly report to the Federal Election Commission, the Democratic Socialists of America Inc., the group’s 501(c)(4), from April 1 to July 15 of this year had $741 in total contributions and spent $10,939.66 in independent expenditures, with many of the itemized receipts being reimbursements to employees for the cost of airfare or spending on small things like campaign buttons, office supplies, or making copies, along with salary for employees. All of the independent expenditures were listed as being used to support Sanders.
A 48-hour report filed on August 26 shows money being spent for fundraising calls in Iowa City for the purpose of supporting Sanders, among other expenditures.
DSA members, its website says, “share a vision of a humane international order based on both democratic planning and market mechanisms that equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work,” as well as a clean environment and racial and gender equality, among other things. The organization said it has 6,500 members.