San­ders Hits Clin­ton on Cam­paign Fi­nance

‘Hil­lary vi­o­lated le­gal lim­its on do­na­tions by pay­ing staff from DNC fund’

The Economic Times - - Around The World - JONATHAN ALLEN & LU­CIANA LOPEZ

New York: US Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie San­ders ac­cused fron­trun­ner Hil­lary Clin­ton of ap­par­ent cam­paign fi­nance vi­o­la­tions on Mon­day, ratch­et­ing up the rhetoric against his ri­val one day be­fore New York state’s cru­cial pri­mary elec­tions. San­ders ques­tioned whether Clin­ton’s cam­paign vi­o­lated le­gal lim­its on do­na­tions by pay­ing her staffers with funds from a joint fundrais­ing ef­fort by Clin­ton and the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, or DNC.

San­ders has long main­tained that the DNC has favoured Clin­ton over him. The US senator from Ver­mont is a demo­cratic so­cial­ist who has run as an in­de­pen­dent in his Se­nate cam­paigns.

“While the use of joint fundrais­ing agree­ments has ex­isted for some time - it is un­prece­dented for the DNC to al­low a joint com­mit­tee to be ex­ploited to the ben­e­fit of one can­di­date in the midst of a con­tested nom­i­nat­ing con­test,” San­ders’ cam­paign man­ager, Jeff Weaver, said.

The Clin­ton cam­paign dis­missed the charge, with chair­man Robby Mook say­ing San­ders was mak­ing base­less ac­cu­sa­tions. “It is shame­ful that senator San­ders has re­sorted to ir­re­spon­si­ble and mis­lead­ing at­tacks just to raise money for him­self,” Mook said.

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