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Bernie Sanders isn’t running for president on the back of billionaires. He’s getting there via donations from supporters, and today, that’s a bunch of cosplayers.

Earlier today, hyenasandgin started the Twitter hashtag #cosplayersforbernie. “My friends on the Ballin’ Out Super Podcast (number one leftist anime podcast) had recently raised $420 for Bernie and I was inspired to see if I could raise some money myself, she tells Kotaku.

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“I was trying to figure out what I could do. Bernie is for medicare for all (including mental health care), student loan forgiveness and a $15 minimum wage. I’ve been cosplaying for 20 years and I’ve met so many amazing cosplayers in the community whose lives could be changed for the better with Bernie as President.”

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“Times are scary right now and people want to feel like they’re empowered to do some good, she says. “It’s also a chance for cosplayers to show off their wonderful costumes while donating an amount of money that is humorously associated with drugs or a sex act and who doesn’t love that?”

Nobody doesn’t love that, that’s who. With an original goal of just $100, #cosplayersforbernie has blown past both the weed number and the sex number as more and more cosplayers find out about the hashtag and get donating.

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If you’re a cosplayer and want to take part, the donation link is here.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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