Ben and Jerry Urge You to Donate to Bernie Sanders, the “Most Electable Democrat”


The founders of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, are urging voters to support Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and for supporters to make a donation before midnight rings in 2016. Cohen and Greenfield started the iconic ice cream company in Vermont, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the businessmen and philanthropists support Sanders, but they also have an important message for Democrats–that the insurgent candidate can win the nomination and the White House, but he needs supporters to step up financially, even with a donation as low as $3.

The Hill reports on Ben and Jerry’s email to Sanders supporters:

“As we travel the country campaigning for Bernie, we hear a lot of people saying, ‘I love Bernie, but I am not sure he can win,’” Greenfield writes.

“But poll after poll shows Bernie is the most electable Democrat,” Cohen writes. “And that’s because we all know in our hearts that the things Bernie is talking about are true. The system is rigged.”


“Every time Bernie ran for office in Vermont, people would say he didn’t have a chance,” Greenfield writes. “And together, I know we’re going to shock the political elite when we win in Iowa next month.”

Cohen and Greenfield are not strangers to progressive politics and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Company has been vocal in activist causes (even though the founders sold the company) speaking up for marriage equality, Occupy Wall Street and combatting climate change. Ben Cohen took on marijuana prohibition, decrying the money interests behind the failed policy. I obviously wholeheartedly agree with Cohen and Greenfield and personally donate $50 a month to Sanders’ campaign and I urge every marijuana law reform supporter to do the same thing.

Just as Ben and Jerry proclaim, Sanders actually polls better than Hillary Clinton against the Republican frontrunner, shattering the conventional wisdom that the anti-establishment candidate can’t win the White House. Senator Sanders has already surpassed the all-time record for the number of small contributors for a presidential candidate and can keep pace with the Democratic frontrunner in financial contributions in the final quarter of 2014, something that would have been unthinkable when the race started.

Sanders nearly matched Clinton the third quarter of the year and his army of small contributors can continue to donate as many of Clinton’s backers are wealthier donors that have hit the $2,700 maximum amount allowed for presidential candidate donations. So the clock is ticking on 2015 and on your ability to help continue the momentum for a serious Democratic candidate that has called for an end to federal cannabis prohibition and to end the failed and harmful Drug War.

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Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.