(TargetLiberty.org) – Fox News Digital recently revealed that during Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., campaign’s third quarter he transferred $75,000 to a nonprofit belonging to his wife and stepson.
The transfer from Sanders’ campaign coffers to the Sanders Institute occurred on August 8 and was included in the Federal Election Commission filings release. Earlier this year the committee had also sent $200,000 to the nonprofit that was established six years ago by Sanders’ wife Jane and David Driscoll, his stepson.
The institute is a think tank looking to build up progressive mouthpieces. However, the institute has come under fire as it is not performing a lot of work while at the same time, Driscoll is receiving a compensation of six figures for his work there.
Kendra Arnold, the executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust told Fox News Digital that the ties between the campaign and the institute “raise legitimate concern.” She added that it was obvious that it was not allowed for campaign funds to be transferred by the senator to other family members, regardless of the route those transfers took. Arnold added that the amount paid out in salary for those in the nonprofit was not necessarily problematic in itself. Instead, she pointed out that while it is not illegal for the transfer to be made especially if the nonprofit was producing work, it was “frowned upon.”
She also noted that the conversation would be different if the money being paid was not earned for legitimate work, and it would be considered a serious violation of the campaign’s finances.
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