Did Bernie Sanders Violate Campaign Laws by Hiring Anti-Semitic Illegal Alien?
Evidence that a candidate hired an illegal alien would in the past be grounds for torpedoing his campaign. These days it's par for the course.
Bernie Sanders sneered at the law by making a point of hiring an illegal alien, who then proceeded to spew anti-Semitism in defense of Rep. Omar. But the entire process may have been a violation of campaign finance laws.
The complaint, filed on Thursday afternoon by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, argues that Sisa's current position on the campaign, due to its strategic nature, is a clear violation of this prohibition.
"Senator Sanders and Bernie 2020 is permitting a foreign national, Ms. Sisa, to serve in an advisory position which allows her to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to election-related activities in violation of FEC regulations," it argues.
The complaint also points to the 2016 campaign, which employed Sisa as well as two other foreign nationals, Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, in advisory campaign positions, it says.
The Sanders campaign paid a $14,500 fine to the FEC last year after it was caught accepting foreign contributions from the Australian Labor Party during the 2016 Democratic primary.
Dems will be quick to argue that they are DACA recipients, aa DREAMERs, and were illegally allowed to work by Obama, but that's not the point.
The FEC spells it out.
The following groups and individuals are considered "foreign nationals" and are subject to the prohibition:
Foreign citizens (not including dual citizens of the United States);
Immigrants who are not lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
The Sanders campaign has two pathways to a defense.
The first is claiming that its illegal aliens have no decision making powers. That's debatable considering their official roles. Sisa, in particular, has a high-profile position.
But it doesn't cover Sisa's donation which is clearly illegal.
The second pathway is claiming that DACA recipients are not considered, "Immigrants who are not lawfully admitted for permanent residence."
Such a claim is clearly legally wrong, but may very well be upheld by Obama and Clinton appointees if the case comes down to it.
The debate over whether DACA illegals are considered, "Immigrants who are not lawfully admitted for permanent residence;" touches on a variety of issues, including I'm covering in an article this week.