Bernie Sanders funneled an eye-popping amount of money from his campaign to wife’s nonprofit

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) funneled tens of thousands of dollars from his campaign into his wife’s and stepson’s nonprofit last quarter, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.

Fox News Digital reported that the outlet found that the twice-failed Democratic Party presidential candidate transferred $75,000 from his campaign’s coffers to the Sanders Institute, a left-wing think tank that was founded by spouse Jane O’Meara Sanders and David Driscoll, the senator’s stepson, after his failed 2016 campaign.

The money went to the group on August 8, according to its recently released FEC filings. The cash infusion follows $200,000 that Comrade Bernie’s committee sent to the Sanders Institute earlier this year, the outlet reported, adding that “the group has appeared to perform very little work while paying Driscoll six figures worth of compensation.”

“The facts present in this case and the family ties involved certainly raise legitimate concern,” Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust executive director Kendra Arnold told Fox News Digital earlier this year. “Obviously, a senator is not allowed to use his campaign to simply transfer large sums of money to family members – regardless of the route the dollars take.”

“While on its face, the percentage the nonprofit paid out in salary alone is not necessarily problematic, legally the issue hinges on whether the salaries were paid for bona fide services at fair market value,” she said. “In other words, if the nonprofit and its executive director are truly producing work and actually earning the money, it is not illegal, but it is frowned upon. On the other hand, if nothing or very little is being done to earn the money legitimately, then it is highly likely a serious campaign finance violation has taken place.”

“Our feeling is at our point in time, our country is at a crossroads and people are engaged in a political process that can be opaque,” Mrs. Sanders told the Washington Post in 2017 after the nonprofit’s launch.

“A vital democracy requires an informed electorate, civil discourse and bold thinking,” she said. “So, we put together this team to focus on issues, but not in a partisan way, not in a way that just focuses on the latest crazy thing. It will not be about Trump; it will be about the issues facing the country.”

The Sanders Institute briefly shut down in 2019 when the avowed socialist senator embarked on his second White House campaign “so there could not even be an appearance of impropriety,” Jane Sanders told the Associated Press. It has since resumed operations.

According to the Sanders Institute’s website: “A vital democracy requires an informed electorate, civil discourse and bold ideas. The mission of The Sanders Institute is to revitalize democracy by actively engaging individuals, organizations and the media in the pursuit of progressive solutions to economic, environmental, racial and social justice issues,” hitting all the bases in the great progressive grifting of America.


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