ALLEGATIONS OF ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS ROCK SOCIALIST CAMPAIGN
The insurgent Democratic presidential campaign of independent socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has been exceeding expectations all over the map … which we view as a good thing.
“Make no mistake: Sanders ideas are terrible – and he would be an unmitigated disaster as president,” we wrote earlier this week. “But we see the potential for the populist wave he is riding to destroy official Democrat-dom the way Trump is taking a sledgehammer to the GOP establishment.”
In his campaign against Hillary Clinton, Sanders has drawn huge crowds and an army of volunteers.
He’s also getting some unconventional help from … Australia? Yes … and according to one conservative watchdog organization, that assistance is being provided in direct violation of federal law.
According to Project Veritas Action – a New York-based group founded by conservative activist James O’Keefe – Sanders’ campaign has been using activists provided by the Australian Labor Party as volunteers.
In other words, Australian tax dollars are allegedly being used on behalf of an American presidential candidate.
That would certainly appear to be a prima facie violation of federal campaign law (52 U.S.C. ~30121, to be precise), which holds that it is unlawful for foreign nationals to directly or indirectly make a “contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State or local election.”
This week, O’Keefe’s group released a video exposing what it referred to as “illegal volunteers inside the Bernie Sanders campaign.”
“The investigative trail begins when undercover journalists secretly filmed members of the Bernie Sanders team destroying (Donald) Trump campaign signs on private property in New Hampshire,” the website reported.
Here’s the clip …
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Very interesting …
“We kept meeting up with these young Australians in the Bernie Sanders campaign,” O’Keefe said in the video. “When we heard why and how they came to be in the U.S. we were really curious.”
That curiosity led to an investigation – one which revealed that the Australians working for Sanders “had their airfare paid for” and also received “a daily stipend as well as getting their housing paid for.”
Not only that, it appears as though efforts were made to keep their activities hidden from taxpayers back home.
“The Australians were warned not to post their activities on social media,” the Project Veritas report noted. “The concern was that the conservative government in Australia wouldn’t be too happy about how Australian tax dollars were being spent to help elect Bernie Sanders president of the United States.”
In fact one of the Australians admitted as much on hidden camera …
“…and so like my flights, and my travel amounts is all paid for, technically by the taxpayer, so they have had issues in the past, where like if I post a photo of myself in front of the Statue of Liberty, and the next morning it will be on the front of a newspaper, they’d be like, you know like, ’21-year-old student uses tax payer’s money to go on holiday. Like, what a disgrace… …There is nothing wrong with what I am doing here because the money is literally given to us for that sole reason, but if we post on social media it gives the current government an excuse to get rid of the program to save money. If that makes sense.”
Sanders and the scandal-scarred Clinton face off in South Carolina on Saturday. According to the latest aggregate data from RealClearPolitics, Clinton enjoys a 24.1 percent lead – although she once led by more than fifty percentage points.
We’ve heard no reports of these Australian volunteers participating in Sanders’ Palmetto State operations, although Project Veritas indicated it investigated South Carolina leads in preparing its report.