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Did Bernie Sanders never "earn a steady paycheck" before 40?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a steady paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance:

The origin seems to be this Politico article:

But if his positions are well known, the person, it turns out, is less known. Before Sanders was a U.S. senator, before he was a congressman, before he was mayor of Burlington — before he won one shocking election, then 13 more — he was a radical and an agitator in the ferment of 1960s and '70s Vermont, a tireless campaigner and champion of laborers who didn’t collect his first steady paycheck until he was an elected official pushing 40 years old.

What truth is there to this claim? Did Bernie Sanders support himself before the age of 40? Was he a dependent or else how was he supported before his political career?

Did Bernie Sanders never "earn a paycheck" before 40?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance:

What truth is there to this claim? Did Bernie Sanders support himself before the age of 40? Was he a dependent or else how was he supported before his political career?

Did Bernie Sanders never "earn a steady paycheck" before 40?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a steady paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance:

The origin seems to be this Politico article:

But if his positions are well known, the person, it turns out, is less known. Before Sanders was a U.S. senator, before he was a congressman, before he was mayor of Burlington — before he won one shocking election, then 13 more — he was a radical and an agitator in the ferment of 1960s and '70s Vermont, a tireless campaigner and champion of laborers who didn’t collect his first steady paycheck until he was an elected official pushing 40 years old.

What truth is there to this claim?

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There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/02/bernie-sanders-a-bum-who-didnt-earn-his-first-paycheck-until-age-40/

http://nation.foxnews.com/2016/02/16/bernie-sanders-bum-who-didnt-earn-his-first-steady-paycheck-until-age-40-then-wormed-his

http://spectator.org/blog/65498/bernie-sanders-didnt-make-paycheck-until-he-turned-40

http://louderwithcrowder.com/socialist-bernie-sanders-wants-your-paycheck-because-it-took-him-40-years-to-earn-his-own/

etc.

What truth is there to this claim? Did Bernie Sanders support himself before the age of 40? Was he a dependent or else how was he supported before his political career?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/02/bernie-sanders-a-bum-who-didnt-earn-his-first-paycheck-until-age-40/

http://nation.foxnews.com/2016/02/16/bernie-sanders-bum-who-didnt-earn-his-first-steady-paycheck-until-age-40-then-wormed-his

http://spectator.org/blog/65498/bernie-sanders-didnt-make-paycheck-until-he-turned-40

http://louderwithcrowder.com/socialist-bernie-sanders-wants-your-paycheck-because-it-took-him-40-years-to-earn-his-own/

etc.

What truth is there to this claim? Did Bernie Sanders support himself before the age of 40? Was he a dependent or else how was he supported before his political career?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance:

What truth is there to this claim? Did Bernie Sanders support himself before the age of 40? Was he a dependent or else how was he supported before his political career?

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