BREAKING NEWS – Seattle, Washington – E-commerce giant Amazon took to its blog to hit back at “inaccurate and misleading” criticisms from Sen. Bernie Sanders, in an unusual political post from the tech giant. Amazon refuted the Independent Vermont senator’s claims that it doesn’t pay lower-level employees a livable wage and therefore workers have to rely on government assistance programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the expense of other taxpayers. “Senator Sanders continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits,” representatives for the company wrote on its Day One blog. “Amazon is proud to have created over 130,000 new jobs last year alone. In the U.S., the average hourly wage for a full-time associate in our fulfillment centers, including cash, stock, and incentive bonuses, is over $15/hour before overtime. We encourage anyone to compare our pay and benefits to other retailers.” Sanders fired back, stating that nearly 50% of the products sold at Amazon, should be given away for free.