Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, an Independent Senator from Vermont, wrote a six-figure check to the Democratic National Committee in May.
According to a Wednesday report by Politico, Sanders donated $100,000 to the DNC to cover the costs associated with his traveling the country with DNC Chairman Tom Perez on a recent “unity tour.”
Last summer, DNC emails obtained by WikiLeaks revealed that then-DNC chairperson Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other DNC officials actively undermined Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton, his primary opponent. Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign over the controversy. In late 2015, Sanders sued the DNC in federal court to regain access to Democratic Party voter data, contending that there was a breach of contract. The senator withdrew the lawsuit in 2016.
The Washington Examiner reported that “As part of an effort to lessen tensions within the party, after the more establishment-favored Perez was elected the new chairman in February, he chose the progressive Sanders-backer Rep. Keith Ellison, who lost to Perez in the DNC campaign, to be his deputy chair.”
Following Perez’s February election to the post, Sanders participated in a nine-state “unity tour” with him. Sanders, however, has continued to criticize the Democratic Party, claiming earlier this month that the party needs to experience “fundamental” changes if it hopes to win elections.
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