Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, has been accused in a new book by author Peter Schweizer of funneling millions of dollars in public and campaign-related funds to his family over the course of his political career, according to Breitbart.
Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite was released on Tuesday and includes a chapter on Sanders and his family that details the ways in which he helped family members — including his wife — line their pockets at the expense of taxpayers and others in Vermont, where he has served in public office since 1981.
Schweizer described Sanders’ alleged corruption during the Monday installment of Sean Hannity’s radio program. He details in the book Sanders’ history of hiring family members for a host of taxpayer-funded local government positions in the Burlington area even when they were not needed.
However, the biggest accusation of corruption outlined in Schweizer’s book occurred during the run-up to the 2016 election.
Old Town Media
Schweizer reported that Sanders set up a media-buying company called Old Town Media well in advance of the 2016 campaign cycle. It seems entirely plausible that Sanders would need an entity through which to buy advertising throughout the election season, but the story does not stop there.
The problem with Old Town Media, according to Schweizer, is that $83 million were funneled through the company, even though it was operated out of a suburban house by two friends of Sanders’ wife, had no website, listed telephone number, or any other sort of public-facing presence, and — despite receiving a disbursement from the Sanders campaign of over $10 million — never disclosed how much money company principals were paid for their services.
Where did that $83 million go? Into the pockets of Sanders’ family and friends, including himself, Schweizer concluded. He also noted that Sanders’ wife has refused to answer questions about the company.
“When she was asked about her connection or relationship to that firm, she hung up on a local Vermont reporter,” Schweizer told Sean Hannity.
Do as I say, not as I do
As has been widely reported over the years, Sanders is a self-described socialist who didn’t even have much of a defined career trajectory before getting on the public payroll. Now, he owns three large homes and is reportedly personally worth in excess of $2.5 million.
While Sanders claims to hate the rich and consistently promises to take their money and give it to the poor like a modern-day Robin Hood, he in fact is now a member of the affluent class for which he supposedly has such great disdain.
Though he’s certianly nowhere near as wealthy as the current president — someone who donates his annual salary to various government agencies — Sanders has clearly gotten rich at least partly on the backs of the poor and middle class he claims to want to help.
Schweizer’s book may shed some new light on precisely how the leftist senator from Vermont became a multimillionaire and will hopefully expose the glaring hypocrisy of his limousine liberal lifestyle.