Why Bernie Sanders Is Sparring With Big Soda

October 21, 2016

The senator wants nothing to do with it

The war against soft drink taxes has claimed a new victim: Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator and former presidential contender has been featured in a slew of anti-tax soda ads across the Bay Area. The only problem? He never told soda companies they could use his likeness to tout their cause.

Sanders publicly opposed a soda tax in Philadelphia while he was running against eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, penning an op-ed in Philadelphia Magazine that claimed a tax on sugary drinks would hurt the city’s poor. Now, those comments have been