Sanders raises $20 million in January

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has raised an eye-popping $20 million in the past month alone, from more than 770,000 individual contributions.

Sanders has made history, reaching an extraordinary milestone of $20 million raised in the first month of the primary election year, pushing the total number of contributions to his campaign past 3.25 million, a record for any presidential candidate at this point in a campaign.

“The numbers we’ve seen since Jan. 1 put our campaign on pace to beat Secretary Clinton’s goal of $50 million in the first quarter of 2016,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager.

“Working Americans chipping in a few dollars each month are not only challenging but beating the greatest fundraising machine ever assembled.”

In all, a total of 1.3 million people have made contributions to Sanders’ campaign for president so far, according to spokesperson Michael Briggs.

On Sunday, Sanders’ campaign will file a year-end FEC report showing that $33.6 million was raised in the final three months of 2015.

Sanders releases new ad ahead of Iowa caucuses

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will begin airing a brand new television advertisement in Iowa this week, just days ahead of the state’s caucuses.

Sanders’ new issues-focused ad, dubbed American Horizon, will hit the airwaves in the Hawkeye State on Tuesday, less than one week before Iowans head to caucus.

“There are those who say we cannot defeat a corrupt political system and fix a rigged economy,” Sanders says in the new spot.

“But I believe we need to lift our vision above the obstacles in place – and look to the American horizon.”

The new spot follows a wildly popular campaign ad from the Sanders camp which went viral earlier this week. At the time of writing, America had roughly 2.5 million views on Youtube.

Sanders launches online grassroots platform

Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has released an online platform for grassroots groups and supporters to connect directly with the campaign.

The platform, dubbed Connect, is aimed at social media activists and provides them with up-to-date information on the campaign, and important action alerts. It also allows online grassroots groups to speak directly with the campaign.

“Bernie supporters all across America have built a movement of people online who are committed to spreading Bernie’s message. Connect with Bernie is an initiative to coordinate online grassroots efforts across the nation in support of Bernie Sanders,” the campaign said.

“When you connect, the campaign will be able to get in touch with you to make sure you can help them spread the word about our country’s most pressing issues.”

The platform also features a section where members of the community can make blog posts about the campaign, submit artwork and pose poll questions.

Administrators of online Facebook and other social media groups supporting Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency are encouraged to sign up for the platform.

 

CNN to host Iowa town hall on Monday

Democratic presidential candidates will participate in a CNN town hall live in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday night, just days before caucus night.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo will host Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton on Monday, as they make their final pitch to Iowan caucus-goers.

Monday night’s town hall kicks off at 9pm ET, and will be broadcast live on CNN around the United States, and the world on CNN International. The town hall can also be live streamed online, or via mobile.

Each candidate will get thirty minutes of time to answer questions from moderator Chris Cuomo, and the audience. Sanders will speak first, followed by O’Malley and Clinton.

The town hall will take place just one week before Iowans go to caucus, with polls showing Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a virtual tie.

How to help Bernie win Iowa

There are less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses. Here’s how you can help Bernie win the first-voting state from anywhere.

If you live in Iowa, one of the best things you can do is canvass your neighbourhood. Download the brand new Field the Bern app to get started. You might also like to check in with your local field office to see how you can help the most.

Iowans, if you’re unsure how to caucus, or where to caucus. Be sure to check out the brand new Caucusing in Iowa page on Bernie Sanders’ website. It has everything you need to know.

If you don’t live in Iowa, or you prefer to stay indoors, you can still play a very important role in encouraging Iowans to caucus for Bernie on February 1. You can ring voters in Iowa every day up until caucus night. It’s easy, and it doesn’t take long to get started.

The brand new Phonebank for Bernie page makes it simple to sign up and get dialling. You’ll find training videos, scripts and other useful information to help make picking up the phone a breeze.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get Bernie across the line in Iowa.

Sanders releases astonishing new TV ad

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released an astonishing new television advertisement to hit the airwaves on Friday.

The ad, dubbed America shows images of everyday Americans and swelling crowds at Bernie Sanders events across the country.

It features Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s classic folk rock anthem America, released in 1968.

Sanders’ campaign said that more than 40,000 Iowans had gone to see Sanders speak since his campaign began last spring.

The advertisement will go to air on Friday in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to a statement from Sanders’ campaign.

Sanders laid out a strong vision in tonight’s debate, and won

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a strong case to the American people in tonight’s Democratic debate.

“This campaign is about a political revolution, to not only elect a president, but to transform this country,” Sanders said in his opening statement at Sunday night’s Democratic debate in Charleston, South Carolina.

The first question of the night was asked to all candidates, and was about how each of them would define their presidency. Senator Sanders said jobs and wages were important priorities for him.

“What my first days are about, is bringing America together, to end the decline of the middle class,” he said.

“We are going to have a government that works for all of us, and not just big campaign contributors.”

Sanders was pressed on guns, with debate moderator Lester Holt making note of Hillary Clinton’s recent attacks on him.

“I think Secretary Clinton knows what she says is very disingenuous. I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA,” he responded.

“I have supported from day one, an instant background check, to make sure people who should not have guns, do not have guns.”

“I support what President Obama is doing in terms of closing the gun show loopholes.”

Asked about his electability, especially in the context of the African-American community, Sanders was quick to respond. “In Iowa, New Hampshire, the race is very, very close.”

Senator Sanders pointed to recent polls showing him beating Donald Trump by wider margins than Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical general election match-up.

A video question from Youtuber Franchesca Ramsey focused on the investigation of incidents of police violence.

“This is a responsibility for the US Justice Department to get involved in,” Sanders said.

“Whenever anyone in this country is killed in police custody, it should automatically trigger a US Attorney General’s investigation.”

“If a police officer breaks the law, like any public official, that officer must be held accountable,” he said to applause from the debate audience.

The debate quickly turned to health care.

“What a Medicare-for-all program does is finally provide health care in this country to every man, woman and child as a right,” Sanders said.

“29 million people still have no health insurance. We are paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. We are spending far more per person on health care than people of any other country.”

On bi-partisanship and working across the aisle in congress, Sanders re-framed the question and said the main issue was that congress was owned by big money and refused to do what the American people wanted.

“We have got to make congress respond to the needs of the people,” he said.

Sanders was asked how he would win a general election labelling himself as a democratic socialist.

“I am very proud that in this campaign, we have seen an enormous amount of excitement from young people, working people.”

Asked about his new TV commercial about breaking up the big banks, Sanders responded by saying he does not take money from big banks, and does not get personal speaking fees from Goldman Sachs.

“Can you really reform Wall Street when they are spending millions and millions of dollars on campaign contributions, and when they are providing speaker fees to individuals?” Sanders asked.

“I have doubts when people use huge amounts of money from Wall Street. I am very proud. I do not have a super PAC. I do not want Wall Street’s money.”

The candidates were questioned about climate change and how they would convince Americans that action must be taken.

“The debate is over. Climate change is real. It is already causing major problems,” Sanders said.

“We have a major party called the Republican Party that is so owned by the fossil fuel industry and their campaign contributions that they don’t even have the courage, the decency to listen to the scientists.”

Turning to foreign policy, Sanders said it was important to build a coalition to defeat ISIS, including Muslim countries in the region.

Sanders said sending American troops into Syria would be “an unmitigated disaster that as president I would do everything to avoid.”

Asked about members and advisors in a potential administration, Sanders said, “If elected president, Goldman Sachs is not going to bring forward a Secretary of Treasury to a Sanders administration.”

In his closing statement, Senator Sanders touched on the Flint water contamination, calling for the resignation of Governor Rick Snyder.

“Very little is going to be done to transform our economy, and to create the kind of middle class we need unless we end a corrupt finance system that undermines American democracy,” Sanders said.

“We have go to get rid of Super PACs, we have got to get rid of Citizens United, and what we have got to do is create a political revolution that revitalizes American democracy.”

“The government of the Untied States of America belongs to all of us and not to a handful of wealthy campaign contributors,” he concluded.

Democratic debate live stream

Watch Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley face off in tonight’s Democratic debate live from Charleston, South Carolina.

Live streaming provided by NBC and Youtube. The debate will kick off at 9pm ET, with coverage to start at 8pm.

How to watch tonight’s Democratic debate

Tonight’s Democratic debate in Charleston, South Carolina will be streamed online for free. Here’s how to watch it.

Youtube is a co-sponsor of tonight’s NBC Democratic debate, and it will be streamed live to the NBC News youtube channel, with coverage beginning at 8pm ET or 5pm PT. The debate is scheduled to begin at 9pm ET.

You will also be able to stream the debate live via the NBC News app on Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV or Roku. It will also be available on the ABC News app for Apple TV.

The debate will also be live on NBC, for those with access to local NBC programming.

Clinton super PAC launches assault on Sanders

Pro-Clinton super PAC Correct the Record will begin airing attack ads, calling for Senator Sanders to release his medical records.

The new assault on Senator Sanders comes as the polls tighten in Iowa, and he holds a commanding lead in the first primary state of New Hampshire.

The ad will reportedly call for Sanders to release his medical records before Iowans go to caucus on February 1st.

“With just two weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, the super PAC coordinating with Hillary Clinton’s campaign is reportedly launching one of the most desperate and vile attacks imaginable: they are insinuating Bernie is too old and unhealthy to be our next president,” Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in an email to campaign supporters.

“Bernie is in excellent health. But this personal attack is another example of a sickness in our democracy when it is so easy for millionaires and billionaires to buy up candidates and elections.”