Sanders Accuses Presidential Campaign Rivals of Being Sponsored by Tycoons

© AP Photo / Jacquelyn MartinDemocratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., poses for a portrait before an interview, Wednesday May 20, 2015, in Washington.
Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., poses for a portrait before an interview, Wednesday May 20, 2015, in Washington. - Sputnik International
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday accused his Democratic presidential rivals in of ruining democracy in the country by allowing billionaires to commit huge amounts of money towards their campaigns.

Sanders spoke out at a rally in South Carolina on the same day that Americans for Prosperity, the leading conservative political organization backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, held its annual summit in Ohio.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Las Vegas - Sputnik International
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It is not a secret that the Republican White House hopefuls invited the Koch brother’s event to address a crowd at the summit convention are expecting financial support from the top 1% of wealthy Americans.

Just as the GOP presidential candidates were giving speeches and joking with the excited crowd, the Vermont senator was bashing the Kochs for their attempts to consolidate their already tremendous economic power and buy the elections.

Sanders, who says he receives no support from Super PACs, proposed the idea of publicly financed elections that would allow anyone to participate in the run for office without asking for donations from the wealthy class. He also promised that his nominees to the Supreme Court would pledge to overturn the Citizens United which allows corporations to give unlimited campaign contributions.

"For the life of me, I will never understand how a family like the Koch brothers, worth $85 billion, apparently think that's not enough money." Sanders explained.

Americans for Prosperity has activists, sponsors and organizers in 36 states and an operating budget of around $125 million for 2016, which makes the organization’s summit extremely important for any presidential hopeful seeking ways to impress donators and voters.

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