Sen. Bernie Sanders can still pack a punch when it comes to fundraising. That’s what Paul Ryan learned the hard way after he released a video attacking the senator from Vermont.
Sanders sent to his donor list the footage of a nervous Paul Ryan trying to scare Republican voters into voting by invoking apocalyptic visions of a Democratic Senate with Bernie Sanders as the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. The result was EPIC.
Sanders raised just shy of $2 million in two days online this week for 13 like-minded U.S. Senate and House candidates.
Just like his campaign, all of it was given by small-dollar donors. $1.88 million was raised in the two days of the fundraiser, with more pouring in even after it was concluded.
“If we lose the Senate, do you know who becomes chair of the Senate Budget Committee?” Ryan asked the University of Wisconsin while stumping for GOP Sen Ron Johnson. “Someone you may have heard of: Bernie Sanders.”
When asked his thoughts on Ryan’s comments, Sanders said “That sounds like a very good idea to me. It means that we can establish priorities for working people, and not just the billionaire class. What would be equally exciting is if the Democrats took back the House, and Congressman Ryan was no longer speaker.”
Judging by their response to Sanders’ fundraiser, Bernie supporters seem to agree. And they have reason to hope; Sanders is the current ranking member on that panel.
This week, Sanders continue sending out emails asking his fans to support candidates blessed by Our Revolution, an organization he launched after exiting the race.