Sen. Bernie Sander’s campaign spent nearly $40,000 on luxury private jet travel during the third quarter according to Federal Election Commission records, reports The Washington Free Beacon.
Sanders campaigned on the stance that global warming is causing “devastating problems” and is favor of a carbon tax, but at the same time he also made payments for private travel arrangements from his Senate campaign committee, Friends of Bernie Sanders, to Apollo Jets, which is a New York based private charter company that is “dedicated to providing a luxury flight experience based on superior safety and exceptional customer care,” its website states.
According to the reports Sander’s campaign spent $37,567.56 to rent private charters from the beginning of July to the end of September.
“‘Apollo Jets offers a number of charter options ranging from light jets, which seat six to eight passengers, to jumbo jets, the biggest option for flying privately, which feature ‘varied cabin configuration” that offers commercial seating for up to 500 people or ‘plush business class chairs for 50 or more” people,’ reports the Beacon.
Just to really show the hypocrisy of Bernie Sander, he once wrote an op-ed piece the Huffington Post in 2014 that was also posted on his Senate website pushing for a carbon tax:
“The scientific community is clear: Global warming is real and it is caused by human activity. In terms of droughts, heat waves, floods, forest fires, disease, rising sea levels and extreme weather disturbances, global warming is already causing devastating problems,” Sanders said.
“The dirtier the fuel, the more expensive it will be,” he later wrote.
Sanders introduced the “most comprehensive climate change legislation” (his words) during a Democratic primary debate in April 2016 as he was attacking Hillary Clinton on fossil fuels.
One example of gross negligence for “the environment” was when Sanders took a chartered flight to Rome to address “immoral and unsustainable” wealth inequality at the Vatican conference, the Daily Mail reported that fewer than 50 individuals were on that plane that could hold between 211 and 261.
Another example was found in a private internal memo left at a Los Angeles hotel from Sanders’s presidential campaign last year that showed his campaign asking the DNC for a private, fully-staffed plane as part of negotiations with Clinton going into the Democratic convention, reported Buzzfeed.
The Sanders presidential campaign allegedly wanted the private plane “for a series of fall rallies in battleground states,” the memo said.
Perhaps Sander’s should take a look at his own practices, instead of insisting hard working Americans to pay more taxes on a carbon tax.