[Does Joe Manchin have anything to do with Big Tent?]
Mailers go to 215,000 black voters in SC who voted in the state's 2016 primary, cost $100,000, charging that Sanders' most ambitious policy proposals like free college tuition are unrealistic and too expensive, asserting that "Trump will crush Bernie on taxes and spending" concluding: "Nominating Bernie means we re-elect Trump.” The Sanders campaign did not respond to requests for a comment. This mailer is 1 Big Tent effort, a 501(c)(4) (C4s are able to mask their donors). It has $700K more at its disposal to target various South Carolina voters before the Feb. 29 primary, the last before the multi-state Super Tuesday contests on March 3. Big Tent dropped $200k on two ads in Nevada, Politico first reported, as part of a test run in their campaign to cripple Sanders' before the Feb. 22 caucuses. The group’s executive director is Jonathan Kott, a former top aide to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).
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Early in the 2016 Primary campaign, I started a Facebook group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win! As the primary season advanced, we shifted the focus to advancing Bernie's legislation in the Senate, particularly the (more...)