Sen. Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign has been hit with a complaint to the Federal Election Commission and has been accused of breaking a major federal law.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the complaint filed by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation alleges that the Sanders presidential campaign is violating federal election law by employing three foreign nationals in advisory campaign positions.
The complaint specifically names three individuals who are currently working for Sanders campaign, including Maria Belén Sisa, an illegal immigrant from Argentina who is in the United States under the protections of the Obama-era Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.
Sisa serves as the deputy national press secretary for Bernie’s 2020 campaign and also collected a salary from Sanders failed 2016 campaign.
The complaint argues that Sisa and two others working for Sanders campaign is a “direct and serious violations” of federal election law.
Foreign nationals are legally prohibited from working in any capacity in the decision-making process of any person with regard to election-related activities.
This also includes foreign nationals and all immigrants who are not lawfully admitted as permanent residents — which applies to Sisa and the two other Sanders campaign workers.
“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,” the complaint states.
The complaint also notes Sanders 2016 presidential campaign hired, employed, and salaried Sisa as well as two other foreign nationals, Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas.
Here’s more from the complaint:
Due to the high-profile of Cesar Vargas, Erika Andiola, and Maria Belén Sisa as leading activists in the undocumented community, there is reason to believe that respondents are ‘foreign nationals’ within the meaning of 52 U.S.C. § 301219b)(2), and in violation of 11 C.F.R. § 110.20 (i) and A.O. 2004-26, directly or indirectly participated in the decision-making process of persons with regard to the election-related activities of Bernie 2016.
There is reason to believe, having previously employed Ms. Sisa, that Bernie 2020 is currently, and knowingly, permitting a ‘foreign national’ … to directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of persons with regard to the election-related activities of Bernie 2020.
The Commission should determine and impose appropriate sanctions for any and all violations. Further, the Commission should enjoin respondents from any future violations and impose any necessary and appropriate remedies to ensure respondents’ future compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act.
Time will tell what happens next with the Sanders campaign, but the allegations against them are pretty serious.
The complaint alleges that Sanders has illegally hired and paid three foreign nationals to help work for his presidential campaign, and that would result in him being hit with a hefty fine.
It could also have backfiring consequences on the three foreign nationals, depending on what the FEC determines.