In the fight to define the Democratic party in the age of Donald Trump, followers of Sen. Bernie Sanders, armed with a powerful database, want to transform it from the bottom up by taking control of low-level state and county committee posts.
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Donald Trump has also said he would block the takeover.
AT&T’s T -3.03% proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner TWX 8.47%generated skepticism among both Democrats and Republicans on Sunday, making it more likely that regulators will closely scrutinize the effort to create a new telecommunications and media giant.
The biggest deal of the year, announced just over two weeks before the Nov. 8 U.S. election, is a gamble on a victory for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and a continuation of the status quo on anti-trust and regulatory enforcement.
The Republican candidate Donald Trump, who is trailing Clinton in the polls, has said he would block the takeover.
The billionaire businessman has railed against the media’s role in what he has described as a “rigged” election and he believes the acquisition of Time Warner, which owns CNN and Warner Bros, Hollywood’s largest film and television studio, would concentrate too much power in one organization.
“AT&T, the original and abusive ‘Ma Bell’ telephone monopoly, is now trying to buy Time Warner and thus the wildly anti-Trump CNN. Donald Trump would never approve such a deal because it concentrates too much power in the hands of the too and powerful few,” Trump economic advisor Peter Navarro said in a statement on Sunday.
Clinton, who has expressed misgivings about other corporate mega-mergers, has not yet commented on the takeover.
So far, Sanders has stumped for just one Senate Democratic hopeful: Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, a former colleague in the chamber and a kindred liberal spirit. And it’s unclear at this point how much energy Sanders — a longtime independent who has never exactly been a Democratic Party stalwart — is willing to expend on behalf of the party.
And while the two camps are regularly in touch, Sanders and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are nowhere near far enough in their discussions to map out where Sanders could stump for candidates or what kind of fundraising appeals he’ll send out.
Still, top Democrats are already eager for Sanders to mix it up in several key down-ballot races.
“I believe that Bernie will help us in any way that he will be most effective to help us,” DSCC chairman Jon Tester of Montana said during a recent interview in Washington, D.C. “I’m sure he would [prioritize liberals] and those candidates are probably going to be more inclined to have him come.”
POLITICO surveyed more than a dozen Democratic candidates running in this year’s most competitive Senate races. Five said they would eagerly campaign with Sanders.
The senator is also working on the Sanders Institute, a likely 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit focused on policy. There could be a third Sanders-driven political group aimed at harnessing grass-roots support.
The conservative media outlet known for boosting Donald Trump has found some unlikely common ground with unrepentant Bernie Sanders supporters.
On a night when every speaker at the Democratic National Convention called to unite the party behind Hillary Clinton, a vocal contingent of Bernie Sanders supporters repeatedly interrupted to disagree. Then the Vermont senator himself took the stage.
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