Dear Hopeful Americans,
Over the weekend, another positive poll came out for our campaign — one that showed us within single digits of Hillary Clinton in Iowa for the first time.
I want you to read this note I received from a supporter last week. It speaks to some of the reasons we are doing so well in Iowa, New Hampshire, and states across the country:
"I am unemployed. I am uninsured. I am a recent college graduate who graduated with a 3.75 GPA. I am going through a difficult divorce and I have $27 dollars in my bank account. I donated 10 of my remaining 27 dollars because I believe if Bernie is elected I will not have days like this. Days where I stress about where my next meal will come from. Days where I cannot go look for a job because I do not have the gas money to pound the pavement. Days where I cry when thinking about the unpaid medical bills and student loans in my name. I believe things will change. I am making an investment in a person I believe in with the hope that he will change my homeland for the better."
Our campaign is doing so well because we are telling the truth about the reality of American life today. We are talking about a reality in which most of the new wealth and income in this country are going to the top one percent while working families are struggling more than at any point since the Great Depression.
Our success is also because over 400,000 people have contributed to this campaign, even though some, like the author of the note I shared, can hardly afford it. Through our campaign, the American people are finally telling the billionaire class: "ENOUGH is ENOUGH, this great nation and its government belong to all of the people, not just a wealthy few."
But we still have a long way to go.
Let me tell you another thing. This campaign doesn’t have a Super PAC, and I don’t spend a lot of time asking rich people to contribute to our campaign. And even if I did, it would probably be a tremendous waste of time.
We will sink or swim based on what we get from the working families of this country. And I could not be more proud of the way we’ve funded our political revolution.
Here are two more stories I received from campaign contributors last week. I want you to read them — they are important:
"I lost my job in 2012 and my house in 2015. I am currently unemployed and looking for work. I don't have a lot of money and barely surviving on food stamps. Despite all of that, I am compelled to donate because I feel that Bernie Sanders will help bring America back to the middle class. A small donation now in exchange for a better future is a no-brainer. The inequality gap must be fixed!"
"I am broke. I was a proud union electrician. I have never donated money to a politician before however, as broke as I am, I trust Bernie and want to say that I am a part of this revolution. God bless him!"
When we started this campaign, the word "fringe" was tossed around a few times. No one is using that word any more.
Every day, thousands of people are joining our political revolution. It’s why we are leading in New Hampshire, within single digits in Iowa, and closing the gap nationally with each passing day. If we continue to stand together, we’re going to win.
We will win in 2016. Not just the White House, but the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and statehouses across the country because we are creating an unprecedented grassroots movement which taps into the American people’s desire for real change in this country.
Our success wouldn’t be possible without you.