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Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is reportedly looking to recruit the media production company used by New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as speculation regarding Sanders’ second run for the presidency heats up.
Sanders is in talks with Means of Production, the filmmaking cooperative of media professionals that launched Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign into the limelight, Politico reported, according to multiple people familiar with Sanders’s team.
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Sanders has also secured Tim Tagaris and Robin Curran from his 2016 team who were integral in his grassroots, record-breaking small-dollar donations campaign, should he decide to run for president in 2020.
Naomi Burton and Nick Hayes, two Democratic socialists, launched Means of Production in 2018 as “an ideologically oriented, leftist production cooperative creating high-end affordable video.”
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Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign ad, which Means of Production released a month after reaching out to then-candidate Ocasio-Cortez via Twitter, has garnered nearly 4.6 million views on Twitter and YouTube.
Burton told Politico that the company would create “big, beautiful ads” and “drumbeat” content for Sanders, should he decide to run again in 2020.
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“We have certainly been talking with his team,” Burton said. “He’s the only candidate we would work for.”
The staffing additions come after a December report in The New York Times that signaled a potential employee challenge for the Vermont senator, saying that former employees may be jumping ship for younger, fresher candidates.
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