2020 hopefuls pull union money, state & federal data show amount accepted during careers

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:00 AM PT — Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The issue of labor unions were adamantly supported by candidates at the first primary debates and the reason for that is becoming more clear. State and federal campaign records show Democrat presidential candidates brought in nearly $13 million from unions throughout their careers.

The top recipient is Senator Bernie Sanders, who raked in nearly $2 million from unions. Coming in second place is Senator Kamala Harris, who pulled in nearly $1.8 million.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gestures towards Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Other candidates who received at least half a million dollars include Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representative Eric Swalwell, Representative Tim Ryan, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

Surprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden is toward the bottom of the list. Despite being thought of as the candidate who best represents blue collar workers, he has only accepted about $365,000 from unions during his career.