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COMMENT: An act that speaks eloquently for itself is Karl Rove’s American Crossroads organization and its support for Bernie Sanders. Rove does NOT agree with Sanders’ policy points. He knows that Sanders doesn’t stand a chance in a general election. Recent polls showing Sanders doing better against Donald Trump that Hillary Clinton fail to account for the decisive fact that the GOP attack machine and its echo chamber/amen chorus in the right-wing media consortium have not focused their fire on Sanders.
If they were to do so they will note that:
- Sanders was a Presidential elector  for the Trotskyite Socialist Workers Party in 1980. If he were to get the nomination, you can bet that Fox News will find the hippie-est, Jew-iest photos of Sanders and put a red hammer and sickle and red question mark on the screen behind him. “. . . . There’s more. In 1980, Sanders served as an elector for the Socialist Workers Party, which was founded on the principles of Leon Trotsky. According to the New York Times, that party called for  abolishing the military budget. It also called for “solidarity” with the revolutionary regimes in Iran, Nicaragua, Grenada, and Cuba; this was in the middle of the Iranian hostage crisis. . . .”
- Sanders’ wife Jane MAY have engaged in questionable conduct resulting in the closure of Burlington College  [Caveat: the authors of the letter are part of the Fox News orbit–D.E.]: ” Dear Senator Sanders, This firm represents Wendy Wilton, an active Catholic and member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Rutland Vermont. On behalf of Ms. Wilton and other aggrieved Vermont parishioners, we request that your office publicly release all documents concerning Burlington College and you involvement with a loan application submitted by your wife, as President of Burlington College, to a federally-insured bank for a $10 million property transaction.That transaction, which involved Burlington College’s purchase of the Roman Catholic Diocese headquarters, not only led to the demise of the college but almost $2 million in losses to the Burlington Catholic Diocese. The college’s recently announced, resulting insolvency will no doubt lead to further losses to the bank and losses to Vermont small businesses that provided services and goods to the school. Furthermore, the taxpayers of Vermont are likely to lose tens of thousands of dollars as a result of an outstanding, ill-advised and unsecured loan made by the Vermont Economic Development Authority (while your wife served as a paid member of its board) to Burlington College. The current president of Burlington College said the “crushing weight of debt” brought on by this transaction, which was driven and designed by your wife prior to her firing, was the cause of its closure. Had the school stayed in its original location, as humble and inglorious as that was, it would still be here today serving its niche of students and the community. Currently available evidence indicates that Burlington College failed because the privileged spouse of a powerful United States Senator received special treatment for a loan she should never have gotten for a property purchase that should never have been approved. Making matters worse, I was recently informed that your office contacted People’s United Bank and pressured them to approve the loan application submitted by your wife.
As you are well aware, it is improper and against Senate Ethics Rules for your office to get involved in any way with a loan transaction that benefits a family member. Senate Ethics R. 35(b)(1) and (b)(2)(A). Under these rules it is improper for a spouse to receive favorable treatment for a loan “…because of the official position of the Member…” Senate Ethics R. 35(b)(2)(A). Your campaign, which is partly led and orchestrated by your wife, has ironically and hypocritically made widespread mortgage fraud and its relation to the 2008 financial collapse the centerpiece of its campaign. You have also called on Secretary Hillary Clinton to release transcripts of her speeches to Wall Street firms, which you also blame for the collapse. Yet you cynically refuse to release your tax returns, which will presumably show you directly benefitted from the $200,000 Golden Parachute paid to your wife from a school that was in financial trouble due to her apparent loan fraud. It is time to disclose these and all other documents related to this transaction, including your wife’s Golden Parachute agreement, all communications your office had with People’s United Bank, and all communications with VEDA, so that the full story behind this financial calamity is revealed. Vermont parishioners, Vermont citizens, and local vendors that are still owed money deserve to know the full story behind this improper transaction. Although you and the rest of Congress have exempted yourselves from having to produce public records in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, it is important that you release these documents and fully disclose your role in this transaction. According to news reports, this matter is already the subject of an active federal investigation. Therefore any attempt to improperly influence witnesses or to destroy relevant evidence is prohibited by federal law. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 1512, 1517, and 1519. Additionally, you and members of your staff may be called as witnesses and be required to produce documents in litigation that will inevitably result from the collapse of Burlington College, its like bankruptcy (or insolvency), and attempts to recover losses. . . . .”
- Sanders has been reluctant to release his tax returns , with less information made public about the returns than any other major candidate. WHY? “. . . . . In other words, among the candidates still in the race, Sanders’ releases are less extensive than anybody’s but Donald Trump. (Trump, too, has faced criticism  for refusing to share his returns.) And Sanders’ shortcomings are actually bigger than the screenshot above would suggest. The 2014 filings Sanders released  consist of just the first two summary pages of his Form 1040 and the equivalent summary pages from his home-state Vermont tax form.Why does this matter? Unlike most of the other candidates, Sanders has not released the succeeding pages — the nitty gritty detail of things like charitable donations and other types of itemized deductions. For instance, Clinton’s release for tax year 2014  is 44 pages long, or more than 10 times the length of Sanders’ for the same year.It’s worth noting that Sanders, as a member of Congress, files annual financial disclosures , which are accessible online back to 2012. And as a presidential candidate, he also files financial disclosure documents  to the Federal Election Commission.But tax returns are much more detailed. And despite what Sanders said in the exchange with Tapper, his campaign did not provide PolitiFact with any earlier, publicly available tax forms. The campaign told the Post that it has not released any other tax returns prior to 2014. (The campaign did tell PolitiFact that they would release his 2015 returns once they are filed.)Tax and disclosure experts we contacted agreed that Sanders’ current disclosures are weak by historical standards. . . . .”
- Even as he calls Hillary Clinton “corrupt,” Sanders has been scored by the Federal Election Commission no fewer than three times  for fund-raising irregularities.
- Sanders fathered a child out of wedlock , and has mis-represented the child as being birthed by his first wife. While we couldn’t care less about such things, you can bet that the GOP media attack machine will rake him over the coals on this–“Why did you lie about this Senator?”
- Sanders is extremely immature , politically and personally. His small-minded, temperamental demeanor would not do well under the glare of public scrutiny.
- Sanders is a consummate hypocrite. Constantly railing against “big banks, Wall Street, etc.,” he had protesters arrested  for protesting against General Electric.
- Attacking Hillary for raising money from big Hollywood contributors, Sanders has also received money  from high-rolling Hollywood figures.
- Sanders is hyping the GOP meme , that Hillary Clinton is “crooked.” It is a lie. “. . . . The former executive editor of The New York Times, a renowned investigative journalist Jill Abramson, admittedly is no friend of either Bill or Hillary Clinton. In fact, Abramson has spent the past twenty-plus years looking for something, no anything, untoward about Hillary. Her conclusion is that “there are no instances of where Hillary Clinton did the bidding of a donor or benefactor.” Abramson also went on to declare  “Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy.” Pulitzer prize-winning Politifact concurred and ruled  that “Clinton has the best truth-telling record of any of the 2016 presidential candidates in either party;” including Senator Sanders. . . .”
- None other than Graham E. Fuller , who was CIA station chief in Kabul, helped start the first Afghan war, was something of a Godfather for al-Qaeda and figures in the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing, is pulling for “Boinie,” as well as touting Donald Trump as a desirable candidate. “. . . . Trump has trashed the neocon war party, blamed George W. Bush for the debacle in Iraq and elsewhere, wants to throttle way back on foreign wars, and has declared a readiness to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin — otherwise treated in the US press as toxic and satanic. (Though even Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense, recently had the temerity to suggest that things with Russia were getting dangerous and that we should be in constant dialog with Putin.) Like many others, I have been galvanized at watching the spectacle of Bernie Sanders proclaiming issues in his campaign that had been virtually off limits for political discussion for decades: gap between rich and poor, rapacious international trade deals, a fair wage, free university education, the call for US balance (gasp!) in handling the Arab-Israeli, issue, etc. The great thing about Bernie — even if he probably won’t get nominated — is that he has pushed hawkish, friend-of-Wall-Street Hillary to the left. She has as much acknowledged that. That will be Bernie’s greatest legacy. I would have hoped that the issues Sanders has raised can never be shoved back into the political toothpaste tube again. . . . .”
Might the CIA be pulling for “Boinie?” Compare Graham E. Fuller  “feeling the Bern” with his advocacy for the Muslim Brotherhood: “. . . Fuller comes from that faction of CIA Cold Warriors who believed (and still apparently believe) that fundamentalist Islam, even in its radical jihadi form, does not pose a threat to the West, for the simple reason that fundamentalist Islam is conservative, against social justice, against socialism and redistribution of wealth, and in favor of hierarchical socio-economic structures. Socialism is the common enemy to both capitalist America and to Wahhabi Islam, according to Fuller. . . ‘There is no mainstream Islamic organization…with radical social views,’ he wrote. ‘Classical Islamic theory envisages the role of the state as limited to facilitating the well-being of markets and merchants rather than controlling them. Islamists have always powerfully objected to socialism and communism….Islam has never had problems with the idea that wealth is unevenly distributed.’ . . . .”
. . . . American Crossroads—founded by former Bush adviser Karl Rove—and several other conservative-backed super PACs have spent the last month intentionally fueling the Bern, but their zeal has more to do with an effort to weaken Hillary Clinton, whom they still see as the likely Democratic nominee and harder to defeat in the general election.
In the wake of Clinton’s close Nevada win , Crossroads claimed credit for driving her numbers down in favor of Sanders.
“American Crossroads and Bernie Sanders helped Nevada caucus-goers see right through Hillary Clinton’s manufactured zeal on immigration reform after spewing virulent Trump-like rhetoric—and that one-two punch shaved Clinton’s 50-point lead a year ago to a slim, single digit win,” Steven Law, Crossroads CEO and president, said in a statement.
Crossroads is one of several groups that has released ads that have been aimed at branding Sanders as the only true progressive in the race—a strategy the Vermont senator’s campaign also embraces.
“If it helps push the needle so that she loses a state, and she comes out a weakened candidate, then fantastic,” said Ian Prior, communications director for Crossroads.
On Monday, Future 45, a super PAC reportedly backed  by hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, launched the latest in its own series of ads that seem to defend Sanders. . . .
. . . . Still, the Clinton campaign has cried foul, noting that Sanders’s supporters have been echoing Republican attacks on Clinton and that he certainly has not been rejecting the ads. . . .