FEC Flags Bernie Sanders Campaign Contributions

By Elias J. Atienza


Bernie Sanders’s campaign was sent a warning by the Federal Election Commission due to problems with his campaign February finance report.

In the letter, the FEC writes:

“This letter is prompted by the Commission’s preliminary review of the report referenced above. This notice requests information essential to full public disclosure of your federal election campaign finances.
Failure to adequately respond by the response date noted above could result in an audit or enforcement action.”
The letter cites Sanders received money over the campaign contribution limit ($2,700), money from foreign nationals, & unauthorized political committees. The campaign has until March 31st to answer the FEC’s request.
 USA Today reports that Sanders campaign spokesman wrote to them in an email:

“Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs wrote in an email that such inquiries are “standard” and the campaign would address the FEC’s questions. He noted that 85,391-page report covering the month of January listed over 125,000 separate contributions. “Inevitably there are questions that the FEC staff will have.”

USA Today notes that Hillary Clinton, who also submitted a report during the same time, was not questioned by the FEC.

Briggs appeared to not worry about the potential of 200 donors who appeared over the campaign contribution limit.

“This happens all the time in campaigns, and the FEC’s rules explicitly allow 60-days from receipt of an over-the-limit contribution for campaigns to remedy the excessive portion of the contribution,” Briggs wrote.”

It’s also worth noting that it seems that no other candidate has been flagged except for Sanders.

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