Why Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is shaken by James Bond's support

The socialist Vermont senator has made clear that he wants his insurgent campaign to be funded only by small donations from grassroots supporters

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The Independent US

It appears Daniel Craig may have goofed. The James Bond actor has, according to the Centre for Public Integrity (CPI), the Washington-based watchdog, donated $47,300 to a group ostensibly formed to support presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders called Americans Socially United.

As supporters of Mr Sanders know - and appreciate – the socialist Vermont senator has made clear that he wants his insurgent campaign to be funded only by small donations from grassroots supporters and will not be seeking the support of so-called Super PACs.

The founder of Americans Socially United, Cary Lee Peterson, has said that he will help Mr Sanders regardless. “James Bond for Bernie is pretty cool, you know what I mean?” he said. Speaking to Variety, Craig said he had made the donation “in good faith as I understood it to support Senator Sanders” as he vies for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Mr Sanders, who offers an aggressive platform centred on ending financial inequality, is making headway. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows him with 41 per cent backing in Iowa, which will hold its caucuses on 1 February, compared to 40 per cent for Hillary Clinton, who has been bleeding support amid questions about her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

“I’m stunned,” Mr Sanders told CNN. “Look, we have a message that I believed from day-one was going to resonate with the American people.  Did I think (the issues) would resonate as quickly as they have? The answer is no.”

Other groups set up by Mr Peterson include the Congressional Committee on Cuban Affairs, the Congressional Committee on Eurasian Affairs, the Congressional Committee on Law Enforcement and Public Safety, and the Congressional Task Force on Human Trafficking. None had any actual relationship with Congress, the  CPI reported.

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