Sanders Hits Clinton on Campaign Finance
‘Hillary violated legal limits on donations by paying staff from DNC fund’
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.