Sanders fundraising for 3 House candidates

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders: Trump thinks like an authoritarian Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor Trump's America fights back MORE is helping to fundraise for three Democratic House hopefuls, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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On Wednesday, an MSNBC reporter noted that the Vermont senator emailed supporters asking for donations to help the bids of Zephyr Teachout in New York, Pramila Jayapal in Washington and Lucy Flores in Nevada.

 

 

“When we talk about a political revolution, we also need to have people in Congress who aren’t beholden to special interests,” Sanders wrote in an email, according to the Journal.

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Teachout, a law school professor and activist who ran against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, is running for the seat vacated by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.).

She is running in the swing district that went to President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Teachout will face Will Yandik, a local deputy supervisor, in the Democratic primary.

Former state assemblyman John Faso and businessman Andrew Heaney are running for the GOP nomination.

“Zephyr literally wrote the book on political corruption. She understands better than anybody how special interests try to buy off politicians, and she’s dedicated her life to fixing our broken political system,” Sanders wrote. “Zephyr is exactly the kind of person I’d want in Congress when I’m president.”

Flores, who is a former state assemblywoman, is running for freshman Rep. Cresent Hardy’s (R-Nev.) Democratic-leaning seat. She will face state Sen. Ruben Kihuen and philanthropist Susie Lee in the Democratic primary.

Jayapal, who is a state senator, is running for retiring Rep. Jim McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ MORE’s (D-Wash.) seat. The seat is considered safe Democrat.

The Democratic field also includes state Rep. Brady Walkinshaw and King County Council member Joe McDermott.

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