The Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden says expanding Medicare to include hearing, dental and vision a 'reach' Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants MORE presidential campaign says it is “honored” to receive more than $500,000 in support from a nurses union super-PAC, saying the independent financial backing in no way contradicts the Vermont senator’s opposition to big-money politics.
“We are honored to have the support of National Nurses United,” said Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver, responding to a report by the Sunlight Foundation — a group that tracks money in politics — that reveals the super-PAC has already spent $569,000 helping Sanders this primary season.
Sanders has made it a point of pride that he disavows all super-PAC money, and unlike the Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE, has not endorsed an unlimited spending group in support of his candidacy.
Getting support from the nurses’ super-PAC does not affect Sanders’s purity on the issue, his campaign suggested in an email.
“Unlike others, we have not started a super PAC, are not coordinating with a super PAC, and we have not fundraised for a super PAC,” Weaver wrote.
“We stand by our position that we do not want the help of a super PAC.”
The nurses’ union, says Weaver, understands “firsthand the need for health care reform in this country and which candidate as president would actually support single-payer health care for all and not attack it.”
The Sunlight Foundation found that the nurses' super-PAC has funded pro-Sanders advertising including online ads and printed materials that include “Bingo with Bernie” cards.
The super-PAC has made significant buys helping Sanders in important early-voting states Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.