Mar 14, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Sanders' nonprofit suspends operations amid scrutiny for lack of transparency

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The Sanders Institute — a Vermont-based think tank founded to advance liberal policies by 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' wife and son — will cease operations in the near-term, amid growing ethical concerns surrounding the nonprofit's fundraising and campaigning efforts, the Washington Post reports.

Flashback: The criticism comes after the 2016 election in which Sanders condemned fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the nonprofit her family operated, which, he alleged, resulted in increased power, money and influence. Though Sanders did not formally participate, the institute had secured "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in the 2 years since it was started, WaPo reports.

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