Dover, NH – As reported by WMUR-TV, in February of 2016, a group released videos showing Australian socialists working with Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in New Hampshire and other states. While working in the United States, they received monetary stipends. The Australian Labor Party, funded by the Australian government, paid for their stipends and transportation costs.
A complaint was filed with the FEC, and the FEC agreed that the party not only made an illegal contribution to a political campaign in the United States, but also that the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders broke the law by accepting the Australians’ paid services. In response, Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign and the Australian Labor Party each agreed to paying a fine of $14,500, however they did so “without admitting liability.”
In responding to WMUR-TV’s reports, Senator Bernie Sanders’ political team said, “the campaign agreed to pay the FEC a small settlement but did not agree that it broke any rules.”
Senator Bernie Sanders’ son, Levi Sanders, who is running in the Democratic Primary in NH-01, was a “Senior Aide” to his father during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Eddie Edwards is raising concerns about Levi Sanders’ involvement with the Australians that resulted in the FEC violation during the 2016 campaign. He is also questioning whether Levi Sanders agrees with his father’s political team’s position that the campaign did not break any rules by illegally accepting paid services from Australian socialists.
Eddie Edwards, a Republican candidate for Congress in NH-01, made the following statement;
“Levi Sanders doesn’t reside in NH-01. But as an NH-01 resident who travels the district, it is clear to me that honesty and integrity matter. Transparency matters. Regrettably, recent reports surrounding Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, to which Levi was a Senior Aide, have revealed that they committed serious FEC violations.
“As an American, I would like to know about Levi Sanders’ potential involvement in the illegal actions made by his father's presidential campaign in 2016. As a resident of NH-01, I am concerned about his opinion of the campaign’s assertion that they did not break any laws by accepting illegal in-kind campaign services. If Levi Sanders holds the same beliefs as his father’s campaign, should we expect an influx of socialists from around the world coming into NH-01 to influence our elections in 2018?
“As a candidate for Congress in NH-01, Levi Sanders should come over to our district and address these concerns with voters immediately.”