Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has funneled $75,000 out of his campaign account and into his wife and stepson’s nonprofit, which serves as a think tank meant to amplify progressive ideals. In another example of the elites having one set of rules for us and another for them, it looks like the family business is being propped up by campaign donations from Bernie’s last run at the Big One.
The $75,000 is on top of another $200,000 that Sanders sent earlier this year.
The Sanders Institute was established by Sanders’ wife, Jane, and his stepson, David Driscoll, six years ago. The group has appeared to perform very little work while paying Driscoll six figures in compensation.
“The facts present in this case and the family ties involved certainly raise legitimate concern,” Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust is quoted as saying.
“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.” Analyzing America
“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,” Arnold 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.“
At its launch in 2017, Jane Sanders told the Washington Post that the institute’s purpose would revolve around revitalizing “democracy” and supporting progressive institutions. Fox News