Bernie Sanders. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Bernie Sanders. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

An interview with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will air Thursday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” one day after he used a fundraising reception in Hollywood to criticize the campaign finance system.

“You have one vote, the Koch brothers have one vote each plus 900 million dollars to buy candidates,” Sanders said Wednesday at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub, referring to the billionaire conservative activists Charles and David Koch.

Sanders, I-Vermont, has introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political spending by corporations, associations or labor unions.

Sanders has promised that his nominees to the Supreme Court would commit to overturning the Citizens United decision.Sanders has voted in favor of the DISCLOSE Act, which would prohibit government contractors from spending money on federal campaigns and would create stronger disclosure requirements.

The 74-year-old Sanders also criticized the news media for focusing on trivia instead of substantive issues.

“If I slipped on a banana peel leaving here, it would be on the front page of the papers,” Sanders said. “But when we talk about the great crises facing this county, very hard to get media attention.”

Sanders was introduced at the Avalon by the television series creator, filmmaker, actor and singer Seth MacFarlane, who said “while it would be way funnier if” Republican businessman Donald J. Trump were elected president, “it would be far better for the health of the country if Bernie Sanders is the next president.”

The suggested minimum donation for the reception was $25. Sanders also conducted a fundraiser Wednesday in Beverly Hills.

Sanders will tape an interview Friday that will air that night on HBO’s weekly talk show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

—City News Service

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