Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been moving up in the polls recently.
But he could end up in serious trouble — perhaps even facing jail time — after getting served by the Federal Election Committee.
The FEC has issued a document to the Sanders’ campaign with 69 pages of problematic donations to his campaign.
The FEC letter, dated Aug. 28, “requests information essential to full public disclosure” of Sanders’ federal election campaign finances.
“Failure to adequately respond by the response date noted above could result in an audit or enforcement action,” the letter warns.
“Enforcement action” sure sounds like something serious, which further encapsulates the severity of Sanders’ potential wrongdoing.
With an Oct. 2 deadline, Sanders only has a handful of weeks to account for the 69 pages of “apparent excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions.”
Sanders’ campaign website features a page that allows supporters to donate $27 — a throwback to 2016, when Sanders claimed the average donation to his presidential campaign was $27.
One of the main issues at hand is the frequency with which some people gave the $27.
One flagged donor gave the campaign more than two dozen donations in a roughly three-month period, each of them totaling $27.
Others named in the FEC document appeared to use the same tactic, with another contributor filling 20 pages of the report with almost exclusively $3 donations.
Dave Levinthal, a campaign money expert at the Center for Public Integrity, noted on Twitter that while the FEC often flags political campaigns for accounting issues, a 69-page request is unprecedented.
2/ While it's not uncommon for the @FEC to flag presidential candidates for such accounting issues, particularly those campaigns that raise a ton of money, 69 pages is a lot.
— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) August 29, 2019
In other words, Bernie has some explaining to do.
Sanders has until Oct. 2nd to explain about the 69 pages which include “apparent excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions.”
Unsurprising to many, this is not the first time the FEC has found issues with Sanders’ campaign.
During his 2016 campaign, Sanders was flagged with a jaw-dropping 639-page list of potential violations.
Sanders’ ambitions are undeniably grandiose and absurd.
Canceling student debt, providing health care for all, implementing major reforms on Wall Street and taking massive steps toward a Green New Deal are all things the democratic socialist aims to tackle.
Before Sanders tries fixing the world, however, he should probably prove to America that he can correct his own donor rolls first.