Bernie Sanders Campaign Fined For Hiring Illegals

( )- The Federal Election Commission has fined Bernie Sanders’ 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns for unlawfully hiring illegal aliens for top positions in his campaigns, according to an exclusive report at the Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller obtained a copy of the FEC’s August 11 ruling that determined Sanders’ two presidential campaigns broke federal law by “knowingly” employing three staffers who are citizens of Mexico and Argentina.

The two campaigns have agreed to pay a penalty of $15,000.

The foreign nationals employed by the Sanders campaigns were participants in the DACA program. According to the FEC, they were hired to mobilize the Hispanic community to support Sanders and to serve as contacts for Hispanic media outlets. They helped to craft policy on immigration and “other issues of interest to the Latino community,” the FEC ruling says.

The illegals in question were Maria Bélen Sisa, the former Latino Outreach Organizer, Cesar Vargas, the former National Latino Outreach Strategist, and Erika Andiola, the former press secretary for Latino Outreach.

Both Vargas and Andiola are Mexican nationals. Sisa is from Argentina.

The complaint against the Sanders campaigns was filed in 2019 by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a First Amendment watchdog group.

Dan Backer, counsel to the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, told the Daily Caller that it was ironic but unsurprising that many of the people outraged over the supposed Russian interference in the 2016 election were violating the federal law that prevents “foreign influence in our elections.”

The 1971 Federal Elections Campaign Act bars foreign nationals from directly or indirectly contributing to federal, state, or local elections. The law also bars foreign nationals from being involved in the management of political committees.

The 2016 Sanders campaign had already been fined $14,500 in 2018 for accepting volunteer delegates from Australia’s Labor Party. The FEC cited the 1971 Federal Elections Campaign Act in that ruling as well.