The Difference Between a $27.00 and a $2,700.00 Campaign Contribution

The date was May 10, 2016 when the Federal Election Commission sent the Bernie Sanders campaign yet another letter detailing general reporting errors made by the Sanders campaign as well as indicating the possibility that hundreds of Sanders supporters had exceeded the contribution limit of $2700.00 per person, per election, and hundreds more of his contributions may be received illegally from foreign nationals.

Along with the six-page letter, the Federal Election Commission listed each and every ‘questionable’ contribution to the Sanders campaign and this listing took up 638 typewritten pages. That’s six hundred and thirty-eight typewritten pages of questionable donations to this campaign. The very last page of the correspondence Page 639 listed 24 refunds to contributors that had previously been made, yet the original donations had not been disclosed to the FEC.

The FEC six-page letter and 639-page listing of over 1,500 questionable donors may be read at the following link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/847/201605100300045847/201605100300045847.pdf

The Federal Election Commission Detailed Form 3P, filed by the Sanders campaign on June 20, 2016, for the period of May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016 indicates “Refunds of Contributions To: (a) Individuals/Persons Other Than Political Committees as follows: This period, $1,084,634.45 and Election Cycle-To-Date of $4,117,578.02.

You may read Detailed Form 3P at the following link: http://docquery.fec.gov/pres//2016/M6/C00577130.html#DETAILED

In other words, more than four MILLION dollars in contributions to the Sanders campaign had to be refunded due to being illegal. The Federal Election Commission allows 60 days for refunds to be made so the amount of “Excessive, Prohibited or Impermissible” refunds may far exceed the four million dollars already refunded.

In an interview scheduled to air today on C-SPAN, host Steve Scully asked Senator Sanders whether or not he would be speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Sanders finally conceded “it doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to determine the scope of the convention”.

It’s good for the country that Senator Sanders finally admitted he would not be the nominee.  Whether or not Sanders supporters will support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is yet to be determined, but one thing is for certain. The losers will be the voters that do not make an educated choice.

© 2016 PL Johnson

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