Top 2020 Democrats target Amazon while spending big money on it: report

Top 2020 Democrats target Amazon while spending big money on it: report
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Two of the top candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan Sanders urges Biden to delay Medicare premium hike linked to Alzheimer's drug MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls on big banks to follow Capital One in ditching overdraft fees Crypto firm top executives to testify before Congress Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection MORE (D-Mass.), have been among the largest spenders on Amazon while also being the most vocal critics of the tech giant.

The campaigns for the pair of progressive heavyweights have spent nearly $400,000 combined on the online store, according to a Bloomberg News report published Tuesday.

Federal campaign records reviewed by the news outlet revealed the Sanders campaign spent $233,348.51 on Amazon while Warren was the second-largest spender at $151,240.90. 


The expenditures were mostly for office supplies, Bloomberg reports. 

Sanders has targeted the online retailer for a number of issues, including reports of unfair working conditions.

In July he tweeted support of Amazon warehouse workers' plan to strike on the retailer’s “Prime Day” sale.

“I stand in solidarity with the courageous Amazon workers engaging in a work stoppage against unconscionable working conditions in their warehouses. It is not too much to ask that a company owned by the wealthiest person in the world treat its workers with dignity and respect,” he tweeted at the time. 

Warren has made one focus of her campaign her proposal to break up big tech companies including Amazon, Facebook and Google.

Spokespeople for the Sanders and Warren campaigns were not immediately available for comment. 

Sanders and Warren are not the only Democrats running for president who have criticized the company. Most in the race have expressed concern over the online retailer — and have also spent tens of thousands on the website, according to Bloomberg News.  

Bloomberg reports Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerMaternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-N.J.) spent $58,572.90, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPfizer CEO says vaccine data for those under 5 could be available by end of year Omicron coronavirus variant found in at least 10 states Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles MORE spent $33,715.96, Andrew YangAndrew YangAmerican elections are getting less predictable; there's a reason for that Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run At 28 percent approval, say goodbye to Kamala Harris being Plan B to an aging Biden MORE spent $31,756.31, Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE spent $30,766.01, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Harris's office undergoes difficult reset The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE (D) spent $12,639.52 and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden should seek some ideological diversity House passes bipartisan bills to strengthen network security, cyber literacy Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas MORE (D-Minn.) spent $4,036.19. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE’s campaign also spent $37,180.73 on Amazon, according to Bloomberg News. The president has been a frequent critic of the company as well due to founder and CEO Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosDorsey's exit shakes up Twitter future The dangers of anarchy in space Health risks of space tourism: Is it responsible to send humans to Mars? MORE also owning The Washington Post.

The Bloomberg report did not analyze the spending of former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergJovanni Ortiz in talks for potential Harris job The economic challenges facing Jerome Powell and Joe Biden Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE, the founder of the company, as he has not yet filed campaign expenses since he entered the race last month.