Sanders Releases 10 Years of Income Tax Returns

Bernie Sanders’ campaign escalates feud with top liberal think tank

Bernie Sanders speaks during a Fox News town hall on April 15.

One particular moment from the event that has gotten some attention online, including over at The Hill, is when co-host Bret Baier asked the largely Sanders-sympathetic audience if they'd support the senator's "Medicare For All" plan.

The Fox News appearance followed a three-day campaign swing through Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania - all states that Trump narrowly won in 2016 that will be crucial again in 2020. "I guess the president watches your network a little bit, right?"

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a gathering of the National Action Network April 5, 2019 in NY.

After years of earning less than $300,000, Sanders' income shot up to $1,073,333 in 2016, mostly on the sale of his best-selling book Our Revolution.

The returns showed that Sanders and his wife, Jane, paid a 26 percent effective tax rate on $561,293 in income - and made more than $1 million in both 2016 and 2017. Kamala Harris of California reported an income of $1.9 million between her and her husband, who is an attorney - he is most well-known for having made his career by railing against the economic inequalities caused by America's richest, a system he criticizes for leaving the bottom 99% with less money than the top 1%.

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In a statement released by his campaign, Sanders noted that while the returns show his family is fortunate, he also grew up with a "stress of income insecurity" that informs his political views.

Sanders, who has a loyal base from his 2016 run in the Democratic presidential primaries, has trailed in polls only to former Vice President Joe Biden, who isn't in the contest yet. "Jane, is there any way we can pay an alternative maximum tax?"

While appearing on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning, Maya MacGuineas - the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget - said it was "important" to put Sanders' proposals of "free college tuition" and "free health care" in "the broader budget context of how much would this cost". More than $2.1 million came from Texans who wrote checks of $200 or more.

"If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I'm sorry, I'm not gonna do it", the senator added. By 2018, his wife, 69, was also taking Social Security, providing the couple with almost $52,000 for the year.

And here's the senator's 2017 return. Tax transparency has been in the spotlight as Donald Trump bucks decades of presidential tradition by declining to show voters his tax filings and House Democrats seek to force him to turn them over. 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.

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