If you wish to see what’s going on with the extreme left, Senator Bernie Sanders is a good place to start. Unable to fit in with the Democratic Party, he remains an independent, although he caucuses with the Democrats. If there were a Socialist or Marxist Policy in fact and name in America, surely Bernie would be a prominent member. He’s an interesting guy in that it seems he is a true believer in the socialist cause. This is not just a gimmick to get elected for Bernie. He’s all in.
He’s also in trouble for his interactions with fellow liberals in Australia.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) fined Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign $14,500 for accepting illegal in-kind foreign contributions from the Australian Labor Party (ALP) during the 2016 elections.
The ruling stems from a February 2016, conservative activist group Project Veritas video showing Australian nationals working for the Sanders campaign on the dime of the Australian taxpayer funded ALP.
Republican and former New Hampshire House speaker William O’Brien filed a complaint with the FEC shortly after Project Veritas made the footage public, alleging the ALP had made “prohibited foreign contributions” to the Sanders campaign, according to WMUR.
The FEC levied the fine against the Sanders campaign in a Feb. 2016-issued conciliation agreement.
So it wasn’t just Hillary who was playing things fast and loose during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Of course, we wait for action against her with great eagerness. In the meantime, we can watch as the Sanders organization tries to wiggle out of its own problems.
“In order to avoid a long and expensive fight with the FEC over the technical status of these young people, the campaign agreed to pay the FEC a small settlement but did not agree that it broke any rules,” the Sanders spokesperson added.
O’Brien told WMUR Tuesday he was “disappointed” the FEC did not make a connection between ALP and the Australian government.
“I’m disappointed that it’s not comprehensive,” O’Brien said of the FEC’s ruling. “It doesn’t go into the Australian government funding. And I’m disappointed that it doesn’t go with greater specificity into the actual things that they were doing. I’m disappointed that they didn’t go to what was the effect on the campaign.”
“It’s basically the Australian government using the conduit of a socialist party to assist the socialist candidate in the United States,” O’Brien said.
The FEC’s ruling against the Sanders campaign follows the Feb. 16 indictment of 13 Russian nationals who interfered in the 2016 election in support of Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.
Sanders denied his campaign received support from Russians during an interview last week with Vermont Public Radio.
“They were supporting my campaign, no. They were attacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign and using my supporters against Hillary Clinton,” Sanders said.
What’s to be said? Clearly, socialists stick together and are not reluctant to bend or completely break election rules to accomplish their goals.
In one sense, this is all amusing. Bernie was more of a thorn in the side of Hillary than he was of Donald Trump. He forced her to move to the left during the primaries, something that did not help her in the general election.
And they were all playing a nasty game against each other in the gutter. Hillary enlisted the aid of then DNC Chair Wasserman-Schultz to torpedo Bernie. That got Debbie booted. While this was going on, apparently Russians and Australians were helping Bernie go after Hillary.
The conclusion? These people all deserve each other.
Source: DC Caller