Companies Targeted by Sanders Fire Back

Companies targeted by Senator Bernie Sanders are firing back, saying his statements regarding food stamps were inaccurate. Sanders plans to introduce legislation that would require large companies, including Amazon, Walmart, and others, to pay a 100 percent tax on government benefits to their employees, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Amazon countered this week, saying Sanders “continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits.” Amazon says Sanders’ references to SNAP are also misleading because they include people who only worked for Amazon for a short period of time and/or chose to work part-time, both of which would almost certainly qualify for SNAP. Sanders says Amazon’s median U.S. salary is $28,446, but Amazon counters that excluding part-time and global salaries, the U.S. median salary is $34,123.