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Bernie Bucks

Updated on January 30, 2016
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Politics affects all our lives. I made thousands of phone calls in the 2016 elections and now lead a group of women activists, all retirees.

Put Some Bernie Bucks into Circulation

What a pretty display. Money, the very symbol of rampant capitalism, being used to promote the candidate who will bring some sense to our country.
What a pretty display. Money, the very symbol of rampant capitalism, being used to promote the candidate who will bring some sense to our country. | Source

Reach Potential Voters with Bernie Bucks

Every bill you spend passes through hundreds of hands so why not fix it to promote Bernie Sanders? I'll explain how to do this and about the legality of writing on bills.

It's easy and doesn't cost you anything, just a little time. Probably you already have a Sharpie pen around the house and hopefully, you have some money too. Since you're going to spend that money on food or bills or other expenses, take the time to write messages on them first.

I'll show some examples and give you plenty of short slogans to write on the dollars. Let's get started making some Bernie Bucks.

This is a great project for someone who can't afford to donate to the campaign.

With Bernie Bucks, it takes the money you have and spends it in the normal ways. BUT you have turned it into a promotion for Bernie Sanders.

My First Attempt at Making Bernie Bucks

Note the Sharpie pen. Use one with a fairly fine point to write in the small spaces on the bills. You can sit down and add your slogans to all the bills in your wallet.
Note the Sharpie pen. Use one with a fairly fine point to write in the small spaces on the bills. You can sit down and add your slogans to all the bills in your wallet. | Source

Write the Message Where It Doesn't Cover Important Parts of the Bill

My Sister Made Some Bernie Bucks Too

As you can see, writing the slogans works fine on ones, fives, tens, twenties and up. I don't ever have the larger denominations, but maybe you get those for paying your bills.  It looks like she used an ordinary ink pen for this example.
As you can see, writing the slogans works fine on ones, fives, tens, twenties and up. I don't ever have the larger denominations, but maybe you get those for paying your bills. It looks like she used an ordinary ink pen for this example. | Source

Is It Legal?

The short answer is "yes." People write on money all the time. For example, when closing out a register in a store, they write notes on the stacks of bills to keep things straight.

Here's the longer answer:

  • It is illegal to deface the denomination so that it becomes unreadable. This would be considered an attempt at counterfeiting.
  • Advertising on currency is a separate issue. In 2004, a spokesperson for the U.S. Secret Service said they didn't have time to be bothering with it.
  • The actual law can be seen online http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/18/I/17/333. The basic message is if the intent is to render the money unusable, then it is against the law. That's not a problem then.

Ben and Jerry (ice cream guys) went through their lawyer to make sure. They have stamps for stamping money protesting Citizen United. As long as it doesn't degrade the value of the bill it is legal.


Who Will See It?

Every bill you stamp reaches 875 people over time.
Every bill you stamp reaches 875 people over time. | Source

Slogans to Write on Currency to Support Bernie Sanders

Slogans
Include Bernie's Name
Add a # or Website
Get big money out of politics
Vote for Bernie Sanders
#bernie2016
Bernie Sanders fights for the middle class
Bernie Sanders 2016
#feelthebern
Bernie wants a better life for you and me
Bernie Sanders for President
https://berniesanders.com/
Raise taxes on the billionaires
Bernie is the president we need
www.berniesanders.com
Bernie fought for equal/civil rights for decades
Bernie Sanders - Champion of the People
berniesanders.com
Universal health care for all
Bernie for President
 
Affordable public college
Sanders for President
 
Rebuild our crumbling infrastructure
Vote for Bernie
 
Billionaires can't buy Bernie Sanders
Bernie for President
 

Look at These Great Examples

Brad uses a variety of messages on the Bernie Bills he circulates. Great work, Brad! As you can see, he used one dollar bills here. That's one way to get more bills into circulation with your message.
Brad uses a variety of messages on the Bernie Bills he circulates. Great work, Brad! As you can see, he used one dollar bills here. That's one way to get more bills into circulation with your message. | Source

Some People Use a Stamp to Make It Easier

You can get these made with whatever slogan you want. Office Depot and Staples can make these. Online, you can order special design stamps from a variety of places. Some even have Bernie's face on it. Check on Etsy too.

Use Color to Make the Message Stand Out

Jackie is obviously feeling the Bern, as she used different colors for alternating letters on these bills. I hope she put her kids to work helping her decorate these bills. The Bernie stamp is over the White House. Might be better in the white space.
Jackie is obviously feeling the Bern, as she used different colors for alternating letters on these bills. I hope she put her kids to work helping her decorate these bills. The Bernie stamp is over the White House. Might be better in the white space. | Source

Bernie Art on Currency

Sabrina is quite talented and her drawing looks very much like our favorite candidate. I suggest this is fun, but might make the bill unrecognizable since the figure is part of the denomination. Not recommended (though I love her art).
Sabrina is quite talented and her drawing looks very much like our favorite candidate. I suggest this is fun, but might make the bill unrecognizable since the figure is part of the denomination. Not recommended (though I love her art). | Source

Advice for Stamping or Writing on Currency

Do not cover the serial number of the bill.

Do not stamp or mark on the bills in public (in case someone wants to make an issue of it)

© 2016 Virginia Allain

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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Virginia, Hill is beholden to Wall Street and Bernie lives in the pocket of Big Labor. It all spends the same, regardless of how you color it.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      nicomp - thanks for the explanation. The dollars shown here aren't going to Bernie, they are being spent by Bernie's supporters on their normal expenses.

      I'm sure the hundreds of thousands that the banks are shoveling to Hi!!ary don't get passed around in the economy. The Wall Street people just skim it off from businesses and buy our Congress and they hope to buy a presidency for C!inton with it. No one bothers to decorate that money, I'm sure.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Come on, Virginia! Bernie wants all your dollars and you want to color them! Massive irony.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      OK, nicomp, I'll bite. Explain the irony of the article.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      What a hoot. The irony of this article is lost on Progressives.

    • Karen Hellier profile image

      Karen Hellier 

      2 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, what an interesting idea. I suppose it could be used for any slogan or for any presidential candidate for those not interested in backing Bernie. I would have thought writing on paper currency would be illegal. Nice to know its not.

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      Karen Kolavalli 

      2 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      I'm planning to do more of these. Simple and effective. (BTW, I used a fine point blue Sharpie!)

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