16 months after the U.S. presidential election, there is finally proof that a foreign government did collude with a candidate and attempt to influence the results. But the candidate wasn’t Donald Trump and the country wasn’t Russia. It was Bernie Sanders and Australia.
In 2016, a group of Australian students got involved in American politics by volunteering for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Only they weren’t really volunteering because they received stipends from the socialist Australian Labour Party.
As part of their alleged “educational experience,” the Aussies tore down Donald Trump campaign signs in New Hampshire. Project Veritas captured the students on camera and continued to investigate their duties with the campaign
In addition to capturing the vandalism, PV also spotted the Australian students participating in conventional campaign activities. However, federal law prohibits their participation because the ALP paid them cash stipends and provided airfare.
After learning about the group, former New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. O’Brien asserted that the ALP made “prohibited foreign contributions” and the Sanders campaign broke the law by accepting them.
FEC Fines Sanders and the ALP
Upon investigating the complaint, the FEC concluded that Sanders and the ALP did break the law. Each of them was fined $14,500 and that was the end of it. No special counsel, no talk of collusion by the liberal media. And more importantly, no Leftist outrage.
Speaking to WMUR, like a good Democratic Socialist, Sanders denied any wrongdoing. During the course of the campaign, thousands and thousands of young people from every state and many other countries volunteered,” said Sanders.
“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.”
Uh, when you receive money to perform a service you are not a volunteer. The Sanders team knew that but they didn’t care. If nothing else, this just proves that they are two sets of rules for Republicans and Democrats.
Shame on the FEC for allowing it.