Democratic-Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is facing scrutiny after it was revealed that he funneled a whopping $200,000 from his campaign to a nonprofit institute run by his wife and son. This is particularly interesting considering Sanders’ constant battle cry for the rich to “pay their fair share.” Looks like he wants everyone else to share the wealth, but when it comes to his own money, he’s happy to hold onto it.
The nonprofit in question is called the Sanders Institute, which was established in 2017 by Sanders’ wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, and stepson, David Driscoll. Supposedly, it was created as a think tank to promote progressive voices. However, it seems like the institute does very little actual work and instead spends a significant portion of its donations on salaries, including a six-figure compensation for O’Meara Sanders’ son.
Corrupt "non-profits" wash the left's money. Tax them into oblivion. https://t.co/YPpqKlpYux
— Reform. It. All. (@RealRobSeal) August 10, 2023
To make matters even more suspicious, the Sanders campaign cut two checks of $100,000 each to the institute in January and March of this year, which are the largest expenditures made to any entity by his campaign this election cycle. It’s no wonder that questions are being raised about the nature of this nonprofit and whether Sanders used it as a way to benefit himself and his family financially.
It’s worth noting that the Sanders Institute temporarily suspended operations in 2019 as Sanders sought the Democratic nomination for president. This conveniently avoided any potential criticism or attacks from his rivals regarding the institute’s money. However, the nonprofit has since quietly resumed operations, trying to fly under the radar while not doing much substantial work or achieving any notable accomplishments.
It’s clear that Sanders has a lot of explaining to do. He can’t preach about the rich paying their fair share while funneling campaign cash to benefit his own family. This is just another example of the hypocrisy that often runs rampant in politics, and it’s concerning to see a senator who claims to fight for equality engaging in this kind of questionable behavior.
Bernie Sanders funneled $200K in campaign cash to his wife and stepson’s nonprofit institute, records reveal