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Sanders' Campaign Is Letting Go Of Nearly Half His Campaign Staff, Some In Vermont

After losses in four of five primaries Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign announced staff cuts. In Sanders' campaign headquarters on Church Street in Burlington, staff refused to answer questions about the number of campaign jobs cut in Vermont.
Taylor Dobbs
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VPR
After losses in four of five primaries Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign announced staff cuts. In Sanders' campaign headquarters on Church Street in Burlington, staff refused to answer questions about the number of campaign jobs cut in Vermont.

The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign said it is laying off about 225 staffers following losses in four out of five of Tuesday's primaries.

Audio for this story will be added by approximately 11 a.m., Friday, April 29.

That brings the total staff to about 325 nationwide.

The campaign said this does affect some workers at the campaign headquarters in Burlington - but declined to say exactly how many Vermont employees were let go.

The Bernie Sanders’ national campaign headquarters on Church Street in Burlington was quiet but staffed on Thursday afternoon. Bernie Sanders 2016 signs were displayed and the phone banks appeared to be open.

Most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission show 70 people in Vermont were employed by the campaign as of February 29 this year.

National campaign spokesperson Simone Sanders told VPR that she could not be specific about where the layoffs were made and how many people are affected in Vermont.

Another spokesman, Michael Briggs, said in an email that “[m]ost of those let go, had been working in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, the five states that held primaries Tuesday."

Briggs confirmed that the cuts included "some staff at the headquarters," but would not elaborate.

Outside the Sanders campaign headquarters on Church Street in Burlington, a few staffers float out of the office, but all refused to comment.

Despite the layoffs, Senator Sanders says his presidential campaign will continue through until the Democratic National Convention in July.

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Rebecca Sananes is the Vermont Upper Valley Reporter. Before joining the VPR Newsroom, she was the Graduate Fellow at WBUR - Boston's NPR station and a researcher on a Frontline documentary.
Taylor was VPR's digital reporter from 2013 until 2017. After growing up in Vermont, he graduated with at BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.

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