Bernie Sanders pushes back at critics of his new wealth

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

"Like in this case, I always remind them that CAP has no editorial control over Think Progress".

-Sanders and his wife, Jane, made $561,293. But his efforts at transparency paled in comparison to his opponent for the Democratic nomination Hillary Clinton, who released eight years of her tax returns. Bernie Sanders' tax returns for the first time.

You said you don't agree with 70 percent. He declined to do so, disclosing only his tax return for 2014.

Sanders' place among the frontrunners in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary has invited new scrutiny, most of it directed at his finances - and his tax returns, which he said last week would be released by Tax Day, April 15.

Less than half an hour after Steyer's tweet, Tanden responded in a Monday press release distancing both CAP and herself from ThinkProgress's anti-Sanders content.

It's tradition for presidential candidates, and most candidates for federal office, to release their tax returns. Sanders has said that as far as his speaking fees go, he donates those to charity.

Sanders cited in particular an article highlighting the fact that the socialist Vermont senator is now a millionaire, which the ThinkProgress writer wrote was "very off-brand and embarrassing". But after the House Ways and Means Committee requested them, Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said earlier this month that Trump would "never" turn them over.

Asked by on Saturday at a campaign stop in Gary, Indiana, if his millionaire status "conflicts" with the message he's pushing, Sanders, who's seeking the presidency again, replied, 'I don't think so. In 2017, Sanders and his wife reported an adjusted gross income of a little more than $1.1 million from book sales. Sanders' campaign said in a news release that he paid 26% effective tax rate in 2018. One of them was a bestseller on the New York Times bestseller list.

Former New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Kathy Sullivan said that while she does not see a problem with Sanders' financial status squaring with his commitment to curbing income inequality, she was struck by the way he handled questions about his wealth.

"Not everyone thought I should come on this show", Sanders acknowledged.

Democrats contend that a 1982 Treasury order delegated the responsibility for complying with Section 6103 to the IRS commissioner, and that the tax laws also stipulate if Treasury wants to take that power back, it must first provide 30 days' notice to lawmakers. "Hey, President Trump. My wife and I just released 10 years".

A video produced last week by ThinkProgress entitled, "Bernie's Millionaire Problem", criticized Sanders by attempting to paint him as a hypocrite for asking wealthy Americans to pay their "fair share" in taxes. "It was a bestseller, sold all over the world, and we made money".

Senator Amy Klobuchar released 12 years of tax returns, showing that she and husband earned about $292,000 in 2017.

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