Bernie, Bernie, Bernie you are looking more like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz every day. For a candidate who is supposed to be running a clean campaign in contrast to Hillary Clinton or other politicians, receiving illegal campaign contributions does not look good. Via Washington Free Beacon:
“The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign committee on Thursday with a 90-page spreadsheet listing 3,457 “excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions.”
The campaign’s January financial disclosure filing listed contributions from foreign nationals and unregistered political committees, the FEC said. Other contributions came from donors who exceeded the $2,700 per-election limit.
“Although the Commission may take further legal action concerning the acceptance of [excessive or prohibited] contributions, your prompt action to refund the prohibited amount will be taken into consideration,” the FEC told the campaign.
Sanders’ campaign has relied on small-dollar individual contributions to a far greater extent than any other presidential campaign, including the Super PAC- and dark money-fueled efforts of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
The Vermont Senator and self-described socialist is running on a platform of transparency and campaign finance reform, contrasting his grassroots support with Clinton’s high-dollar donors and use of loopholes in federal election laws that allow her campaign to coordinate with outside groups that can accept unlimited contributions.
However, Sanders’ donors have also run afoul of federal campaign finance laws, and his financial disclosure reports have been riddled with errors.”
Although the amount of money that Bernie Sanders get’s from Wall Street is much smaller than most candidates, it should be noted that Donald Trump is the ONLY candidate on either side, that is not beholden to donors and special interest groups.