Just call him Mr. Moneybags.
Rep. Chris Pearson, candidate for State Senate, suddenly finds himself with a $60,000 war chest — thanks to Bernie Sanders.
Yes, the second wave of the Political Revolution is here, and it’s a tsunami of campaign cash, courtesy of Bernie’s unmatched network of small donors. This, folks, is a Big Biden Deal.
On Tuesday, Sanders posted a list of eight candidates for state legislature. Pearson was one of them. Anyone making a contribution through that webpage would see their money split nine ways — one share for each candidate and a ninth for Sanders.
As Seven Days’ Paul Heintz reports, in a matter of hours Pearson had received $30,000. That’s now doubled to $60,000. And it comes from an incredible 12,185 individual donations — or about two-fifty apiece.
What this means for Pearson is that he won’t have to go begging for money. He’s already got 50 percent more than he thought he needed for the entire campaign.
Just from Bernie. In less than four days.
This is a dramatic turn of events in American politics, and it shows that Sanders is, indeed, building a movement. But the real groundbreaking fact is this:
Small donations can make a difference.
We’ve heard it over and over again from politicians and nonprofit organizations, but it’s never quite rung true — because those same people are also begging for big checks from the wealthy and corporations.
Bernie’s made it happen. And it looks like he’ll be able to sustain this marvelous network beyond his own presidential bid, which had been an open question. Would this be a unique situation? Would Bernie’s revolution fade into the mists?
If the initial returns are anything to judge by, Bernie is on the verge of building something transformational in American politics: a left-wing movement that can wield the same kind of people power and financial clout as the Tea Party and its corporate masters.
Oh, and here in Vermont? The odds just got a lot better that Chris Pearson will become a strong progressive (and Progressve) voice in the Senate. I look forward to his colloquies with the likes of Dick Mazza and Bobby Starr.