(RightWingAmericans.com) – A report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has found that the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has used a team of foreign nationals to contact prospective voters.
The report found that since October 2019, a group of 40 Australian volunteers had been working for the campaign for free, sending out thousands of text messages to supporters and even making phone calls urging Americans to support the Senator in the next presidential election.
One volunteer identified in the report, a 23-year-old from Sydney named Rob, told Australian media that he feels like what happens in America “is essential to the rest of the world.” He further justified his campaign activity by stating, “Their politics has such a big impact on our politics here.”
The report described a texting program using by Rob, which he learned about through a 20-minute YouTube training video. After learning the ropes, he was added to a campaign Slack group run by other, American, volunteers.
Rob described the Slack as having thousands of people active at any one time, with hundreds of posts being made every few minutes.
“If you have an issue with someone you’re texting you post it in the group and a more experienced volunteer assists you with it,” he explained.
Technically no laws are being broken. It is legal for non-American citizens to volunteer for a presidential campaign, as long as they are not being paid. The Federal Election Commission, therefore, has not taken action. The report, while shocking, does not describe any activity that could be deemed illegal.
However, with much being said about alleged foreign interference in the last election, this story must surely become a focus for Republicans and Democrats concerned about protecting the integrity of American elections.
While the Sanders campaign hasn’t fallen foul of any rules in this instance, he has been fined by the FEC before. Back in 2016, the Sanders campaign was fined $14,500 for accepting in-kind foreign contributions from the Australian Labor Party, which is an offense.
Sanders seems to have an interesting connection with Australia. A Facebook group titled “Australians Supporting Bernie Sanders”, which has more than 4,200 followers, published its own guide for foreign volunteers who want to work in the Sanders phone bank from their home country. It directs people to a training video and other resources, preparing them to get involved with the campaign on their own schedule.
How is this not classified as foreign election interference?