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Old 03-02-18, 02:41 AM
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FEC fines Bernie Sander's campaign for violating campaign finance law

Sander's campaign claims to be innocent, but paid the fine to avoid a protracted legal battle.

I don't know if they are guilty or not.

If they are guilty, then shame on them.

If they are not guilty, then shame on the FEC.


http://www.wmur.com/article/in-agree...tions/18916317

In agreements with FEC, Sanders campaign, Australian Labor Party fined for prohibited contributions

Former NH House speaker O’Brien filed complaint with election regulatory panel after 2016 presidential primary

February 27, 2018

MANCHESTER, N.H. - In February 2016, shortly after the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation presidential primary, a conservative activist group released videos purporting to show Australian youths working with primary winner Bernie Sanders’ campaign in New Hampshire and other states while they received monetary stipends.

Those stipends, as well as their transportation costs, were paid for by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) as part of an education program ultimately funded by the Australian government.

The youths were seen in videos tearing down campaign signs in New Hampshire that were promoting Donald Trump for president. Those videos were recorded by Project Veritas, a self-described nonprofit engaged in “investigative film journalism.”

Project Veritas also taped the young people engaging in conventional campaign activities on behalf of the Sanders campaign, and describing the stipends they receive in the videos.

After Project Veritas released the videos, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission in March 2016 by Republican former New Hampshire House speaker William O’Brien. He charged that the labor party made “prohibited foreign contributions” and the Sanders campaign broke the law by accepting those prohibited contributions from foreign nationals.

The FEC has now issued findings verifying O’Brien’s allegations in conciliation agreements with the Sanders camp and the ALP.

In separate agreements filed on Feb. 14, the FEC writes that by paying the youths’ transportation costs and stipends, the party made an illegal contribution to a U.S. political campaign and the Sanders campaign broke the law by accepting paid services by the Australians.

The Sanders campaign and the ALP each agreed to pay a fine of $14,500, and “without admitting liability,” agreed not to further contest the commission’s finding that the campaign accepted, and the ALP made, a $24,422 “prohibited in-kind foreign contribution.”

The Guardian Australia quoted an ALP source as saying the party was surprised that the FEC decided to pursue the matter, “but it’s worth having the fight over, so we’re just ending it.”

“All parties send observers to overseas elections. It has happened for decades. This is a new and very strict interpretation,” the source told the Australian news outlet. “We don’t believe any rules were broken.”

On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders' political team responded to WMUR's request for comment with a statement:

"During the course of the campaign thousands and thousands of young people from every state and many other countries volunteered. Among them were seven Australian young people who were receiving a modest stipend and airfare from the Australian Labor Party so they could learn about American politics.

"The folks on the campaign managing volunteers did not believe the stipend disqualified them from being volunteers.

"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."

According to the agreement with the Sanders campaign, the FEC found that in November 2015, the labor party asked the campaign committee “to allow Australian delegates to be placed as volunteers with the committee. The committee agreed and proceeded to make arrangements for the arrivals of delegates to various campaign offices of the committee.’

The findings continue, “The committee treated the ALP delegates no differently from any other campaign out-of-town volunteers and was aware that they were receiving a stipend from ALP.”

The findings say that the Australians “engaged in hands-on activity typical of volunteers while placed with the committee, including encouraging voter attendance at campaign events, recruiting volunteers, canvassing with volunteers and planning events. These activities indicate that the delegates provided campaign services to the committee.”

O’Brien told WMUR in an interview Tuesday that he is dissatisfied with the conciliation agreements and intends to ask the U.S. Justice Department in Washington and the U.S. Attorney in New Hampshire to begin a criminal investigation.

“I’m disappointed that it’s not comprehensive,” he said. “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, adding that there appears to be “two sets of rules” for Republicans and Democrats.
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Old 03-02-18, 10:18 AM
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Australian Labor Party youths were paid to help with an American campaign? I smell foreign collusion!
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I'm so glad our president is being fined... oh wait...
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how the flying fuck did Sanders get charged when Trump routinely uses campaign fund for personal gain???
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Originally Posted by jpcamb View Post
how the flying fuck did Sanders get charged when Trump routinely uses campaign fund for personal gain???
The youths were seen in videos tearing down campaign signs in New Hampshire that were promoting Donald Trump for president. Those videos were recorded by Project Veritas, a self-described nonprofit engaged in “investigative film journalism.”

Project Veritas also taped the young people engaging in conventional campaign activities on behalf of the Sanders campaign, and describing the stipends they receive in the videos
If people can see it, they have a visceral response. It's a completely different response from looking at a text description of money going from a campaign fund to a lawyer to a porn star.
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Just as we don't want "what about Hillary?" arguments in the Trump thread, the "what about Trump?" arguments in this thread should be avoided.
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What about Jill Stein!?!
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It's been thrown around a lot but this? THIS is a nothingburger.
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Thanks for your comments everyone!
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In separate agreements filed on Feb. 14, the FEC writes that by paying the youths’ transportation costs and stipends, the party made an illegal contribution to a U.S. political campaign and the Sanders campaign broke the law by accepting paid services by the Australians.

The Sanders campaign and the ALP each agreed to pay a fine of $14,500, and “without admitting liability,” agreed not to further contest the commission’s finding that the campaign accepted, and the ALP made, a $24,422 “prohibited in-kind foreign contribution.”

The Guardian Australia quoted an ALP source as saying the party was surprised that the FEC decided to pursue the matter, “but it’s worth having the fight over, so we’re just ending it.”

“All parties send observers to overseas elections. It has happened for decades. This is a new and very strict interpretation,” the source told the Australian news outlet. “We don’t believe any rules were broken.”
On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders' political team responded to WMUR's request for comment with a statement:

"During the course of the campaign thousands and thousands of young people from every state and many other countries volunteered. Among them were seven Australian young people who were receiving a modest stipend and airfare from the Australian Labor Party so they could learn about American politics.

"The folks on the campaign managing volunteers did not believe the stipend disqualified them from being volunteers.

"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."
So, a $15K fine for absurdly strict new interpretations of the law, or dishing out much more than that in fees for a drawn-out legal battle.

All over $25K in airfare and a "stipend" for seven people ($3500/student) that likely covered little more than their living expenses.

Good grief.
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