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Content Guy’s Note: Stories in this section are, in my estimation, important and relevant to business. However, they are relegated to this slot because some MNB readers have made clear that they prefer a politics-free MNB; I can't do that because sometimes the news calls out for coverage and commentary, but at least I can make it easy for folks to skip it if they so desire.

Newsweek reports that "in the fourth and final fundraising quarter of 2019, employees of Amazon were among the largest donors to the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, according to a press release from the campaign."

Which is sort of interesting, since Sanders has been a vocal critic of the company: "Sanders is a self-described socialist, and his platform calls for improved working conditions, labor unions and fair wages for all workers could strike a chord with some of them. Amazon does not allow its workers to unionize, and has faced criticism in the past for the working conditions in its facilities, particularly in its warehouses."

(However, the story also notes that "despite all this criticism, the Sanders campaign has used Amazon to purchase items like office supplies. On Sunday, The Washington Post reported that the Sanders campaign had spent more than $233,000 in Amazon purchases as of September 2019.")

According to the story, "The campaign stated that Sanders raised $34.5 million in the last three months of 2019. 'Teacher' was the most common occupation among donors, and the most common employers of donors were 'Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, the United States Postal Service and Target'."
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