Reciprocity

Reported earlier in ZeroHedge, Bernie Sanders Fined For Illegally Coordinating With Australian Labor Party.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) fined Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign $14,500 for accepting illegal in-kind foreign contributions from the Australian Labor Party (ALP) during the 2016 elections.

Ok.  At a time when there are discussion about stopping foreigners influencing Australian governments and elections, should there be legislation around prohibiting Australians influencing other elections?

And where is the media about the collusion between the Sanders campaign and the Australian Labor Party?  And were the activities of the ALP operatives limited only to the Sanders campaign or also the were they working for the Clinton campaign?  Just because there was no video for the Clinton campaign ….

Will the Australian Electoral Commission look into the Australian Labor Party for this one?  Given that the ALP receives some of its funding directly from Government and from tax deductible donations?

Further reported:

The ALP contacted the Sanders campaign according to the FEC and asked permission to allow Australian nationals to be inserted into the campaign as volunteers. The Sanders campaign accepted the ALP’s request, despite knowing the ALP would be paying Australians a daily stipend in addition to covering the cost of their flights to the United States.

While volunteering with the Sanders campaign, the Australians engaged in political activities “including encouraging voter attendance at campaign events, recruiting volunteers, canvassing with volunteers, and planning events,” according to the FEC.

What actions will Australian authorities pursue on this matter?  Where is the accountability?

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16 Responses to Reciprocity

  1. a happy little debunker

    This is pretty old news I read it over a month ago at The Guardian – strangely it wasn’t open for comments.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/31/australian-labor-fined-14500-over-campaign-push-to-stop-trump

  2. stackja

    Dems and ALP breaking electoral laws. I am shocked.

  3. I’d like to hear from US authorities about foreign influence in their election campaign.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    I read that ZH article this morning and thought it a trifle unkind. Saying the ALP helping Bernie means the Australian Government was meddling in the election on behalf of a lefty candidate misses the small issue that the LNP are in power not the ALP.

    On the other hand the Libs and Nats are also lefty parties now, so I suppose it doesn’t matter very much.

  5. Kneel

    “I’d like to hear from US authorities about foreign influence in their election campaign.”

    Indeed.
    I’d also like to hear that this has appeared in the US MSM regarding “russia-gate” – won’t happen, of course.

  6. duncanm

    I’d like to hear from US authorities about foreign influence in their election campaign.

    wot?

    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) fined Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign $14,500 for accepting illegal in-kind foreign contributions from the Australian Labor Party (ALP) during the 2016 elections.

    FEC = US authority

  7. The BigBlueCat

    While I am no fan of either Bernie Sanders or the ALP, I hardly think that a $14,500 donation to Bernie Sanders election campaign constitues a “foreign influence in their election campaign“. We should stop hyperventilating on this – it’s not as though the ALP spend millions on a social-media campaign against Hillary or Donald that might have actually moved the electoral needle just a tad ….. $14,500 would barely have paid for Bernie’s incontinence nappies!

  8. The BigBlueCat

    Correction … the $14,500 was the fine … the donation amounted to something like $24,000. But the ALP (in opposition) is hardly a foreign power – the couldn’t even topple Malcolm Turnbull – that’s how ineffective they are!

  9. Cassie of Sydney

    “they couldn’t even topple Malcolm Turnbull”. No, Mal the Indept is doing that himself.

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    Apologies, I meant to write “Inept”.

  11. Kurt

    More evidence of foreign collusion than Muller’s found in Russia(phobia)gate.

  12. struth

    I think you know your argument doesn’t stack up, The big blue cat.

  13. Sydney Boy

    So it wasn’t the Wussians who “hacked” the election after all – it was the Ossies!

  14. Zatara

    While I am no fan of either Bernie Sanders or the ALP, I hardly think that a $14,500 donation to Bernie Sanders election campaign constitues a “foreign influence in their election campaign“. We should stop hyperventilating on this – it’s not as though the ALP spend millions on a social-media campaign against Hillary or Donald that might have actually moved the electoral needle just a tad ….. $14,500 would barely have paid for Bernie’s incontinence nappies!

    The little Australian shits out for a lark who tore down election signs and did other actions for one side of a foreign election while in that country should have been arrested and jailed.

    Then lets see how important it was.

  15. md

    Australians being involved in Sanders’s campaign was reported during the campaign itself – SMH, Feb 2016.
    The Guardian article linked to in an earlier post simply regurgitates details already reported during. From the Guardian article:

    Kremer’s name featured prominently in the Project Veritas recording, where others identified as Australian volunteers were heard bragging about receiving taxpayer funds to volunteer on the campaign while attempting to tamper with Trump’s signage. At one point the voice identified as Kremer’s declares: “Fuck you, Donald.”

    Why did the Guardian say the ALP had been fined, rather than Sanders? Draw your own conclusions.
    Naturally, our ‘conservative’ government is outraged about taxpayers money being used like this,
    being as focused as they are on creating a just society
    ignoring this, just like they ignore all social policy areas and let the destruction of our society continue unabated as they go about their self-serving business of trying to talk up the economy in the hope it will be enough to give them the 2 or 3 percent shift they need to fall over the line at the next election.

  16. The BigBlueCat

    Zatara
    #2650365, posted on March 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    The little Australian shits out for a lark who tore down election signs and did other actions for one side of a foreign election while in that country should have been arrested and jailed.

    Then lets see how important it was.

    I’m sure there were little Australian sh*ts on the Alt-Right creating havoc during the US elections also … the only difference being the LNP, One Nation or the Australian Conservatives didn’t (to our knowledge) fund the Trump campaign.

    My point was that the small amount of funding provided by the ineffectual ALP resulted in a zero impact on the US elections. We don’t know if those funds were used by the hard left in a disruptive way, or financed little Australian leftist sh*ts to go over there and tear down signs and create general leftist mayhem – I suggest you’re just making that up. And if not, what is the evidence that ALP funds were used by Bernie Sanders in that way? That would be a much better headline, don’t you think?

    Basically, though Bernie Sanders and the ALP must have been pretty dumb not to have “laundered” the money in such a way that it could be linked to a foreign donor. Why not just give the money to a local and have them make the donation? The ALP can still feel good about supporting Bernie, who probably could not care less where the money came from.

    Basically Bernie has been fined on a technicality, rather than an actual influence, which is why I said we shouldn’t hyperventilate. I would have thought the ALP would have been more interested in backing their good friend Hillary rather than a dullard like Bernie. Oh, wait, they did via Julia’s generosity (courtesy of the Australian taxpayer) to the Clinton Foundation ….

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