The “nonprofit” think tank founded by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife and son is closing up shop after drawing criticism over the donations it’s been receiving.
The Vermont-based Sanders Institute is looking to suspend all operations by May — “so there could not even be an appearance of impropriety” — now that the Independent state lawmaker is running for president, his wife explained Thursday.
The decision was reportedly made in late February after Sanders launched his campaign.
“I think that was the most important thing to do — to not accept donations,” said Jane Sanders in an interview with the Associated Press. “Nobody should think that they’re giving money to an organization and that gains them access or favor to anybody else and anybody running for office.”
Jane and her son, David Driscoll, founded the Sanders Institute in 2017 under the claim that it would research and promote liberal policies. Instead, people have accused them of using the institute as a way to sell their loyalty to the rich and powerful.
Many have pointed out how Bernie Sanders used to blast Hillary Clinton for doing this during the 2016 election.
“It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big-money people to fund her campaign,” he told CNN in March of that year.