Bernie Sanders spent $297,000 on private jets during a month of campaigning for November primaries

The expense of the flights, which took him to nine states, has come under scrutiny given that he has called climate change the greatest threat to the planet


                            Bernie Sanders spent $297,000 on private jets during a month of campaigning for November primaries

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ended up spending  $297,000 on a private jet in October when he flew all over the country during the final weeks of campaign for the November primaries.

The expense of the flights, which took him to nine states in order to help boost Democratic candidates, has come under scrutiny given that he has called climate change the greatest threat to the planet.

Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nevada (Source: Getty Images)
Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nevada (Source: Getty Images)

According to a local site, VtDigger.com, the spending by the campaign, Friends of Bernie Sanders, was revealed as part of the campaign finance reports in a contribution to Apollo jets.

Sanders' spokeswoman Arianna Jones shared, "This cost covered the entirety of the tour from Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, and back to Vermont."

Bernie Sanders also flew to Florida during his October travels in order to campaign for governor Andrew Gillum. When Sanders traveled to Iowa, he went to back up JD Sholten in the hope to defeat Republican Steve King, who won the reelection. 

Sanders' campaign however brushed aside the apparent hypocrisy in travelling around in private jets and being a votary of the dangers of climate change, saying he purchases carbon offsets.

On October 17, Sanders took to Twitter to share, "Climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet. On Nov 6th, we must show up at the polls from coast to coast and stand with candidates who are willing and ready to accelerate our transition to clean energy, and finally put people before the profits of polluters."

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders addressing a crowd in Nevada (Source: Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders addressing a crowd in Nevada (Source: Getty Images)

Spokeswoman Jones told The Daily Caller News Foundation, "The campaign purchased carbon offsets from NativeEnergy to support renewable energy projects and invest in carbon reduction projects to balance out the emissions produced on the trip." 

This week, Sanders' advisor Jeff Weaver shared with the Associated Press that if Sanders chooses to run for president again in 2020, then he will have "a much bigger campaign."