Senator Bernie Sanders called out Amazon in a series of Facebook posts this week, accusing the tech giant of relying on taxpayers to subsidize benefits for their employees.
“Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world. It’s time to get Mr. Bezos off of welfare,” read the caption of a video posted to the Vermont senator’s Facebook page Wednesday. According to the video, if corporations like Amazon and Wal-Mart paid their workers a livable wage, taxpayers could see savings of $150 billion a year.
“1 out of 3 Amazon workers in Arizona and 2,400 in Pennsylvania and Ohio are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, and public housing because their wages are too low,” the video explained.
In a rare blog post, Amazon fired back, calling Sanders’ accusations “inaccurate and misleading.”