Democrats Reject Marxist Socialist Sanders

Posted by By J. Eller @SDzzz  SandersGuide 2016 YouTube

The source for these reports wishes to remain anonymous at this time.
Pt1-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Propaganda

Pt2-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Authoritarian Socialism and The New Society
Pt3-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Gender

 

The first article of the guest series, Former East German Exposes Bernie Sanders  was a quick post of the start of a three part series developed in private conversations with a source who experienced East Germany in the 1980’s at a time when Bernie Sanders was using his mayoral post in Burlington, Vermont as spokesman for regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua and in 1988, for the people of the Soviet empire, the USSR .

It was during 1985, through Volunteers for Peace, that a group from  East Germany had paid their fees to participate in “workcamps” in Burlington, doing city improvements most towns paid for via capital expenditures or local community organizations and volunteers. This strange “peace exchange”, Bernie’s tour of the unkempt or negative features of America was later used in photographic propaganda upon their return to East Germany according to the witness. Is this plausible? Yes, more than plausible, now that the world knows of the inner workings of Stasi controlled East Germany through publication of its records and archives. What is not plausible, is that East Germans would have been allowed  a “peace”  excursion to Burlington, Vermont without Stasi approval, and the likelihood that it was a covert spy and propaganda mission is so high it should be stamped “guaranteed”. Outsiders were welcomed inside the Berlin Wall, under strict conditions, but East German residents had to seek special approval from their government and secret police to travel outside the wall, except later for brief outings and then passports were held by border guards to assure returns.

“Unlike the prison camps of the Gestapo or the summary executions of the Soviet Union’s KGB, the Stasi strove for subtlety. “They offered incentives, made it clear people should cooperate, recruited informal helpers to infiltrate the entire society,” says Konrad Jarausch, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “They beat people up less often, sure, but they psychologically trampled people. Which is worse depends on what you prefer.”

That finesse helped the Stasi quell dissent, but it also fostered a pervasive and justified paranoia. And it generated an almost inconceivable amount of paper, enough to fill more than 100 miles of shelves. The agency indexed and cross-referenced 5.6 million names in its central card catalog alone. Hundreds of thousands of “unofficial employees” snitched on friends, coworkers, and their own spouses, sometimes because they’d been extorted and sometimes in exchange for money, promotions, or permission to travel abroad.”

“It is believed 1 in every 63 people collaborated with the Stasi and there was at least 1 full-time Stasi agent for every citizen of the GDR. They monitored everything and were not past spying with hidden listening devices, cameras and the like. You wouldn’t know who to trust as they could be someone in your apartment building (apparently there was at least one informant in each building or factory), your green grocer, the old lady next door and even kids (around 10,000 informants were under the age of 18)! Spies were even spying on their own spies! It was real cloak and dagger stuff! They were crazy and paranoid times.” East Communism vs. the perils of the Free West!

Piecing Together the Dark Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police describes the Stasi secret police controlled atmosphere of East Germany in the 1980’s and the ultimate release of secret documents and dossiers on nearly 6 million people.  Since the fall of the eastern bloc when borders opened on both sides in 1989, several groups have collaborated to preserve what remains of the massive archives and today a museum exists to teach the lessons of the past. What has been learned is how pervasive and widespread Stasi influence was, in USSR, Cuba and Nicaragua, the gold standards of revolution chosen and proselytized by Bernie Sanders from Burlington, Vermont. As for Cuba and Nicaragua, Stasi design was quite powerful there:

“Dissatisfied with the slow pace of support for the FSLN among other Soviet bloc countries, Mielke told Soviet KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov that he wanted to call a meeting in East Berlin to coordinate bloc support for the Sandinista secret police. Andropov agreed, and the Stasi conducted the two-day conclave starting on May 12, 1980. Participants included generals and high ranking officials from the East German Stasi, the People’s Police, the Soviet KGB, the Czechoslovakian Interior Ministry, Bulgarian foreign intelligence, and secret police officials from Cuba, who were flown to the event aboard a Stasi aircraft.”  Vladimir Putin, Operation LUCH, and Matthias Warnig: The Secret KGB-Stasi Relationship (pdf)

secretpoliceTropical Chekists: The Secret Police Legacy in Nicaragua (pdf)

A Forgetful Youth:

The push to ‘never forget’, just as with the Holocaust movement, is extremely strong in the region. Museums, tours, groups who try to piece the Stasi apparatus evidence back together by dedicating themselves to assembling and translating documents, then there are car shows from the era and a fascination that spawned a Stasi trivia tv game show, all maintain the memories of how it was in East Germany. Yet, it seems doomed to failure, just as American youth can’t find context in the Cold War, choosing to minimize communism and socialism to the importance of a twitter trend. A generation of millennials seems to have taken for granted the simple freedoms they enjoy every moment of every day as they dream of some romantic fantasy of revolution dishonestly sold to them by Bernie Sanders.

“This being Germany, there’s even a special word for it: Vergangenheitsbewältigung, or “coming to terms with the past.” It’s not self-evident — you could imagine a country deciding, communally, to recover from a totalitarian past by simply gathering all the documents and destroying them. In fact, in 1990 the German press and citizen committees were wracked by debate over whether to do just that. Many people, however, suspected that former Stasi agents and ex-informants were behind the push to forgive and forget.

By preserving and reconstructing the Stasi archives, BStU staffers say they hope to keep history from repeating itself. In November, the first children born after the fall of the wall turned 18. Evidence suggests many of them have serious gaps in their knowledge of the past. In a survey of Berlin high school students, only half agreed that the GDR was a dictatorship. Two-thirds didn’t know who built the Berlin Wall.”

Bernie Sanders’ current anti-government youth know very little about history, care very little about the importance of America’s struggle and sacrifices during the Cold War, going so far as taking sides against their own country to please Sanders and frighteningly, ready to dispose of America’s activist icons such as John Lewis, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem, to name only a few,  in Sanders name. This isn’t about an egregious war like Vietnam or the Bush Doctrine in Iraq. It’s about the perception that everything about money is bad, from bankers to Wall St. to corporations. There’s inescapable irony in the fact most of this new “resistance” is messaged via cell phones and the internet without personal risk or the exhaustion of human effort in a real revolution, all safe under a cloak of anonymity and privacy.

Donald Trump is an easy target, but any voter who chooses Hillary Clinton is branded the enemy by the Bernie camp and increasingly the battle grows against the Democratic Party, in good measure because Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. As a registered and fiercely loyal Independent (his campaign claimed Vermont would not allow him to register Democrat) with his own #BernBranded version called the “Progressive Party ” he drains the resources of Democrats he adamantly and consistently has disliked for decades. Bernie Sanders has uttered not one word to discourage the animosity for “outsiders” among his following, defined as those who question or don’t agree with Bernie.

According to his speech and press conference histories, Sanders is an Independent Socialist who has had disagreements with the Rainbow Coalition, who felt he had made undemocratic decisions in a vacuum, using then discarding them, disagreements with Democratic Socialists of America and disagreements with the Democratic National Committee, all because they didn’t embrace a more radical vision catering to Bernie’s will. While he has adopted “Democratic Socialist” as a softer, misleading, but acceptable description of his unique, “Progressive Party” (not to be confused with Progressive Coalition or Caucus) he’s  far more dedicated to classic Socialism and Marxism dating back to his 60’s college days. He’s learned to rephrase Marx’ “controlling the means of production” with “government involvement in industry” to assure income equality when “the people” will have ownership in existing corporations, ordered by Bernie’s government.

His reason for associating with Democrats was for committee assignments he couldn’t get otherwise , which aligns with recent statements to Chuck Todd that his association with Democrats is for the media attention the party provides. Although he signed a contract with the DNC to help down-ticket Democrats by sharing donations, not a cent has been down-streamed via Bernie Victory Fund, the committee which is designated to fund DNC candidates.

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“The University of Vermont’s library has a collection of archived papers from Sanders’ mayoral years. The documents, which include notes scribbled on the yellow legal pads that he still uses today, are contained in 50 boxes that, remarkably, have not been inspected since the senator announced his candidacy for president.

The letters he sent to the Soviet Union, China, the UK and France, urging military disarmament in conjunction with the UN’s international disarmament week, was just one example of dozens of diplomatic initiatives from Sanders, who used his perch at city hall to influence issues as diverse as apartheid in South Africa and the US invasion of Grenada.

In July 1981, the UK’s prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, was informed that Burlington was “deeply disturbed” by what Sanders said was her government’s abuse, humiliation and mistreatment of prisoners in northern Ireland. And when François Mitterrand announced a visit to the US later that year, Sanders wrote to the French president’s wife, Danielle, inviting her to his “struggling socialist municipal government” in Vermont to speak on any topic of her choosing.

President Ronald Reagan was the recipient of several Sanders letters relating to international affairs, most of which concerned Nicaragua, where the US was covertly funding a guerrilla war against the left-wing Sandinista government. In 1985, Sanders actually traveled to Nicaragua, for the sixth anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, and met the country’s president, Daniel Ortega.”

In a 1985 discussion with young EuroPeace volunteers, Sanders questioned the quiet group on what they thought of President Reagan, injecting his own opinion, “I’m not a Ronald Reagan fan.” Still reluctant to criticize the host country’s president, Sanders continued to prod on nuclear issues asking one French volunteer if he believed what President Mitterrand said. Discomfort blanketed the room. Trying to reassure the group he offered, “You have to understand that Vermont is not typically American, you have to…it’s not an average city or an average state.” This was the same “technique” Bernie said he used in the USSR in 1988, his willingness to criticize America. In a 1991 Democratic Socialists of America speech he described one German girl’s horror at homeless people eating out of garbage cans in New York. Bernie Sanders is not someone you want to give tours of American politics or daily life because he can only see the worst side of us.

Some believe, especially on the conservative side of politics, that Bernie Sanders was actively engaged with the KGB-Stasi propaganda machine supported by his record of public and private attempts to undermine President Reagan. He wasn’t fond of President Carter, either, or any president, especially Democrats. Maybe in those 50 boxes there’s something more to support that hypothesis. But collusion aside, his failure to notice the harm and horror caused by police states, something he never mentioned or appeared to notice in his years of fighting for communist revolutions, is something the world should never forget. Bernie Sanders is simply not fit for the highest office in America.



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LINKS TO RELEVANT ARTICLES

Bernie Sanders Stint at ‘Stalinist’ Kibbutz Draws Red-Baiting From Right

“Bernie Sanders wasn’t there because he liked Israel. Hashomer Hatzair did not like Israel. It ultimately wanted to destroy it.”

German Democratic Republic: Youth Movement – Communist authorities organized the East German Pioneers after World War II in the Soviet occupation zone. The East German authorities introduced the Free German Youth and the Pioneer Youth in March 1946 less than a year after the War.

Stasi Mediathek – Archive of  East German photographs and files. In German but translates well in Chrome

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1985: East Germans charged with espionage  – BBC

U.S. Major Killed by Soviet Sentry : Accused of Photographing E. German Military Installation

March 25, 1985|From United Press International

“A Soviet guard shot and killed a U.S. Army major in East Germany in an incident President Reagan today called an “unwarranted tragedy.” The Soviets said the officer was “caught red-handed” photographing a Soviet military installation.

In Washington, Administration officials said the U.S. mission in Berlin filed a protest to the Soviet Union over the Sunday shooting and the Soviet Embassy in East Berlin protested the incident.

The Army identified the dead officer as Maj. Arthur Donald Nicholson Jr., 37, of West Redding, Conn.

Pentagon officials said the officer was accompanied by an unidentified sergeant who also was fired upon but not injured during the incident in Ludwigslust, 85 miles northwest of Berlin, where a number of Soviet military installations are located. The Soviets delivered the sergeant, the only American witness, to U.S. authorities today and he was debriefed.

Zone Not Restricted

Administration sources said the two men were watching military training at the time of the shooting but were not in a restricted zone. The sergeant was prevented from administering first aid to Nicholson after he was shot and the officer died an hour later, the sources said.”

 

Instructions for checking of returnees in the GDR

Signature: BStU , Stasi , ZKG , Nr. 2579

1985 called SED and Stasi a campaign with former DDR -Bürgern into being did in the of the Federal Republic GDR wanted to return. The Minister of State Security, Erich Mielke, informed the various departments of the Stasi about Their roles in the review of thesis returnees.

1985 called SED and Stasi a campaign with former DDR -Bürgern into being did of the Federal Republic in the GDR wanted to return. So printed party newspaper “New Germany” under the heading “About 20,000 former want to return” statements by former East German Nationals: Given unemployment and “social coldness” in the West They would prefer in the back DDR return. Had East Berlin advertised in the 50s with similar campaigns silent offensively for the supply and return migration, love especially emigrants shoulderstand now be retuned early. to this end, the numbers of persons wishing to return have been greatly exaggerated in the products and Their life paths and motives Partially Constructed.The campaign was a response to the sharply Increasing flow of people wanting to leave: 1984 had SEDleave in connection with the trillion loan from the Federal Republic leave about 30,000 people.

Erich Mielke informed in a letter different departments of his ministry on the aspect of the campaign and decreed did returnees shoulderstand be included only in “justified cases”, investigated as When They Seemed to be useful for public relations. HOWEVER, shoulderstand be rejected Those Were not prepared to adapt, particularly the opposition, who had been imprisoned for political reasons.

The document Confirms the central role of the Stasi in the resumption of returnees: The secret police checked the political reliability of persons wishing to return, Ultimately decided on participation requests, tried other emigrants by public appearances of returnee retune, watching the reactions of worth individuals to this publicity.

Index to Stasi Files:

Tarnbezeichnungen the HV A for residencies in diplomatic missions and DDR              Signature: BStU , Stasi , HV A , no. 1126, pp. 29-39

The HV A was mainly responsible for foreign espionage, which they partly through so-called residencies in diplomatic missions DDR contributed. The residencies were held in the files generally only under Tarnbezeichnungen.

The Main Intelligence ( HV A ) was part of the Stasi , the mainly engaged in foreign espionage. Part of this work steered the HV A , like other intelligence agencies also, through so-called residencies in thediplomatic missions of the GDR . This was to a group of employees of the HV A , going about under a legend officially innocuous message tasks, but unofficially acted as agent. The individual residencies were in the documents with Tarnbezeichnungen encrypted, including the Stasi were -Ländernummern for locations.

This list contains a list of diplomatic missions of the GDR with the countries numbers of Stasi . Where it is true, there are also the different countries of the department numbers 26 and Land codes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( MFAA ). In addition, the list contains the respective there Tarnbezeichnung, those messages in which there was a Residentur. It is noteworthy that there was in “fraternal socialist countries” usually no agents headquarters in the messages.

Service unit: Main Intelligence. Date: 1984

Countries numbers of Stasi for the diplomatic missions and DDR

Signature: BStU , Stasi , HV A , no. 1126, pp. 27-28

The HV A was mainly responsible for foreign espionage, which they did partly through so-called residencies in diplomatic missions DDR contributed. The residencies were held in the files generally only under Tarnbezeichnungen.

The Main Intelligence ( HV A ) was part of the Stasi , mainly with foreign espionage employed. Part of this work steered the HV A , like other intelligence agencies also, through so-called residencies in the diplomatic missions of the GDR . This was to a group of employees of the HV A , going about under a legend officially innocuous message tasks, but unofficially acted as agent. The individual residencies were encrypted in the documentation by Tarnbezeichnungen, including Stasi were -Ländernummern for locations. This list includes most of the countries numbers used, again in alphabetical order by country, even numerically. Service unit: Main Intelligence Date: 1985

Pt2-Former East German Exposes Bernie Sanders


Posted by By J. Eller @SDzzz  SandersGuide 2016 YouTube


Democrats Reject Marxist Socialist Sanders

The source for these reports wishes to remain anonymous at this time.

Pt1-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Propaganda

Pt2-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Authoritarian Socialism and The New Society

Pt3-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Gender



Part Two – Authoritarian Socialism and The New Society

 

“It’s been hard for me to watch the violence at rallies over the past few days. What we’re seeing is two aspects of socialist authoritarianism colliding. Both Trump and Sanders campaigns display different aspects of this. Trump makes his supporters feel like they’ve been robbed- that their birthright has been stolen and that America must isolate itself from corrupting foreign influences. This is reminiscent of the East Germans wanting to cut themselves off from the Western World until they achieved their new society.

Sanders runs a more traditional authoritarian socialist regime with his campaign- he has brainwashed his supporters into cult-like behavior. They parrot a rigid ideology and anyone who disagrees must be denounced, attacked and destroyed. Dissent is not tolerated in any form. That’s why Sanders has such a problem reaching out beyond a predominantly white base of supporters- because difference of any kind, once expressed, is treated as dissent and quashed. So far, it’s been mainly confined to online bullying and some shouting during the caucuses. But over the past few days, it’s moved into a new and more dangerous phase. The wars over space – attempts to take over Trump’s rally spaces- is a form of protest that deliberately shows a disrespect for private property, free speech and freedom of movement.

In the former East Germany, private property certainly existed, but always kept in short supply. Free speech and freedom of movement were even less available. Citizens could be denounced, jailed and disappeared for their speech. Friends and neighbors constantly spied on each other and reported speech. You couldn’t visit another city without special permission. The young man I met in 1987 proudly told me he was going to be visiting a nearby city the next week- clearly an incredibly rare event.

Recently we hear many Nazi references with regard to Trump. I never like these references, because Trump has not committed genocide against 6 million people and caused the deaths of millions more. But there is an element of what I will call authoritarian socialism, which we also observed in the GDR (German Democratic Republic, or former East Germany. The odd mix of Puritanism and Socialism at work was the result of layering Stalinism on top of a Nazi past that the East Germans criticized, but never truly left behind.

Both the Nazis and the Socialist East Germans utilized young people in a disturbing way. Initially they encouraged them to join the state run youth organizations, but that encouragement soon turned into force.

In the German Democratic Republic, the FDJ- Frei Deutsche Jugend or Free German Youth was its own political party. School children age 6-14 were put into a group called the Young Pioneers, and 14-25 year olds joined the Free German Youth.

When I visited the GDR, because my group was composed of college students we were under the jurisdiction of the FDJ. We stayed in hotels that had been built from the ground up by FDJ members. Every window on these buildings hung a blue banner representing the party. There was very little color in the GDR because no advertising was allowed, except for banners advertising their political parties- which were all actually just one party- the Socialist Unity Party. GDR officials told us that every socialist party in the world was actually part of the Socialist Unity Party, and that is the reason why they claimed Bernie Sanders as one of their own.

We had a meeting with FDJ members from a local technical school. They did not allow us to meet with university students, which would have been our counterparts, because the academics were not permitted to be corrupted by outside influence.

Everything in East Germany was spoken of in terms of corruption. They believed themselves to be corrupted by Naziism, and after the purifying implementation of socialism, eventually they would reach a new state and emerge as the New Society. Bernie Sanders frequently mentions this concept of a New Society, and what he (and they) means is a society of people who no longer have any wants. They subsist on necessities alone and have no envy or jealously or desire for anything other than what they receive.

Where they will get the necessities from is not entirely clear, because once perfect socialism is achieved, the state, which provides everything, is supposed to wither away, and communism will be achieved. So when Bernie Sanders talks about what socialism means to him, what you have to realize is he’s talking about a continuum that begins where he is and ends in communism. Like any cult leader, he won’t talk about the parts he thinks you don’t need to know about, and only says what he thinks you want to hear. Hence, his construct of Democratic Socialism.

At least the GDR apparatchiks (a socialist word for bureaucrats – essentially it means they are part of a machine) were honest and identified him as being a member of their Socialist Unity Party, along with Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega and many of Sanders’ other friends. The apparatchiks I spoke with also said they believed they would achieve perfect socialism in their lifetime, and spoke about it with religious fervor similar to the way people might describe the Rapture (the belief that certain people will be bodily lifted into Heaven).”

 

Pt3-Former East German Exposes Bernie Sanders

Posted by By J. Eller @SDzzz  SandersGuide 2016 YouTube


Democrats Reject Marxist Socialist Sanders

The source for these reports wishes to remain anonymous at this time.

Pt1-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Propaganda

Pt2-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Authoritarian Socialism and The New Society

Pt3-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders  – Gender



Part Three – Gender

“The problem with labeling everything and everyone in the world as corrupt except for the Leader – whether it’s the East German Dictator Erich Honecker, or Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, or Bernie Sanders- is that it dehumanizes everyone else, and the Leader’s supporters begin to believe that other people who aren’t in the cult don’t matter, don’t have feelings, and it’s okay to hurt them. We saw this early in the Sanders campaign, when everyone indicating Hillary support, especially women, were verbally assaulted. I and virtually every other woman supporting Hillary has been sexually harassed online and received gender-based attacks. For a long time I thought I was alone in this until the stories started surfacing. But I should have known better, because I have seen this before.

GDR propaganda claims that East Germany was a paradise for women. There was no gender discrimination, supposedly, they could hold any jobs, and they didn’t have to worry about taking care of kids because there was free day care available from birth. The reality was different. Women were forced into dangerous labor, exposed to toxic chemicals and were nowhere to be seen in high levels of authority, except Erich Honecker’s wife Margot, who had a horrific impact in East German schools. She forced 9th and 10th graders to take military training and punished dissent by removing dissenters’ children and forcibly adopting them into other families. Not one apparatchik that we met was a woman, and our guide explained to us how children in state run day cares were essentially used as hostages to keep East German women in their place.

Young East Berliners were exposed to Western tv because of their proximity to Western cable channels. In 1987 young East Germans were able to watch the show Dallas. To them, this was the epitome of Western corruption, and they believed Americans were all like the characters- particularly American women. We were all sex-starved and totally corrupt, in their view. The more educated East Germans knew quite a bit about America- some had even visited, and spoke eerily accent-less English (you don’t hear West Germans speaking English without an accent, generally speaking). But I met East Germans who had been taught very well to blend in.

One wonders what they were doing on their trips to America- I’m sure Bernie Sanders knows, since he hosted a large group of “social workers” and allowed them to gather all sorts of materials used in propaganda that I saw 2 years later. I didn’t encounter any of the less educated East German youth until the end of my trip, and then I understood exactly what it means to label your enemy as corrupt and brainwash young people with that concept.

On our trip out of the country, the East German apparatchiks insisted that we take a train from Dresden through Socialist Czechoslovakia to Austria. My professors were worried about such an extended trip through yet another Soviet-bloc country but the East Germans gave us no choice. Perhaps they were unhappy with our group, or perhaps they thought it would be amusing, but we were put on a train with a group of soccer players and their fans travelling to a match in Czechoslovakia. Soccer fans in Europe can be rough in general, but these particular FDJ members were awarded a rare privilege of travel and they were under the impression that my group, which included about 10 college women, was just another reward.

I was in a train car with 5 other women and we were suddenly bombarded by a group of about 30 raucus riled-up young men banging on the compartment door, trying to break in. They began to expose themselves to us. I was barely 18 and too young to realize how extremely dangerous the situation was. After the recent gang-rape in India on a bus which ended in a young woman’s death, I now have a better understanding. The other women in my traincar understood better than I did and were crying and screaming. The FDJ men thought this was funny. We called for the conductor (an East German official) and he was enjoying the entire situation. Finally, one of my professors, a native West German, was able to give these men, who were after all teenagers themselves, a very severe talking-to and shamed them into stopping. They had a long conversation with these hooligans and explained to us that the young men believed that American girls were corrupt, super-wealthy and sex-starved just like the characters on Dallas (think Real Housewives for those who don’t remember the show). Once they were shocked into having to think of us as real people, like their sisters or girlfriends, they calmed down and apologized for their behavior. The cultural ties between their families and my professor were strong enough to stop their violent behavior. But the underlying rape culture in socialist authoritarianism had been laid bare, and we were able to see how the East Germans controlled their population so completely.

What we see in the Sanders campaign is eerily similar. They steal data and fake endorsements because all the other candidates and organizations are corrupt and so it’s fine to rob them. They verbally attack Hillary supporters because Bernie tells them that Hillary is corrupt, and so, by extension, are we. They mob Trump’s rally space and try to take it over because Trump is corrupt and racist and so he isn’t entitled to space that he reserved and paid for. Trump’s supporters are fair game because he’s corrupt and so it’s fine to punch them in the face. If police try to stop them, well they are fair game too, because the police are all corrupt in their view. There is no one to use an adult voice and say stop. Even worse, the Leader isn’t saying stop. He is green-lighting the abuse of dissenters – particularly women- with his own brand of rape culture.

It’s not an accident that he wrote ugly essays about women in 1972- the birth of the modern women’s movement. It was backlash. It was a way to put us back in our place and establish his own dominance during a time when his girlfriend left him for non-support of his child. The essay that he wrote claiming women are responsible for our own subjugation because we all want to be raped by three men simultaneously is a true representation of his views and fits exactly with East German authoritarian rape culture that I personally experienced.

The idea that women are corrupt by nature, is what he wrote about, and it’s precisely how he describes Hillary. He uses the construct of “Wall Street” but what he’s saying is – this is a fallen woman – it’s ok to do anything you want to her because she is corrupt. His followers have taken such great delight in saying the most vile things to me and other women online, and now taking out their rage on Trump supporters with their fists. What comes next? I know what comes next. I have seen it before, and I worry about not being so lucky this time. Or about my daughter, or other young women who dissent from the Bernie party line.”

Pt1-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders

Posted by By J. Eller @SDzzz  SandersGuide 2016 YouTube

Democrats Reject Marxist Socialist Sanders


The source for these report wishes to remain anonymous at this time.

Pt1-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders –  Propaganda

Pt2-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Authoritarian Socialism and The New Society

Pt3-Former East German Exposes Socialist Bernie Sanders – Gender



Part One – Propaganda

“Listening to Bernie Sanders, I am reminded of the first time I ever heard of him. It was in 1987 and I was visiting the former East German (German Democratic Republic, as it was called) with my college German class. My professors were fluent in German so we had a very in depth tour and had the attention of high level Socialist Party members and government officials during our stay.

They showed us a list of locally elected US officials who they said were on “their” side. They were particularly proud of Bernie Sanders, then Mayor of Burlington VT, because he was actually a Socialist Party member- a member of their own Socialist Party according to them. At the time we didn’t really believe the claim that these Americans were on the side of East Germany at the height of the Cold War, but recently I discovered that Sanders had close dealings with the GDR government during this time and even hosted 10 “social workers” to work in Burlington, studying youth unemployment, in 1985, two years before my visit. (see the workcamp program copies at end)

We were also shown many pictures taken by East Germans in America (including some taken in Burlington by the group welcomed by Sanders) of the most extreme examples of poverty and homelessness in our country. These pictures were represented as examples of everyday life for ordinary Americans. The photographs were used in textbooks. The East German students that we spoke to felt sorry for us, living in such a poverty stricken country, compared to their Socialist paradise. Sadly their own country was no such thing.

Upon arriving in the German Democratic Republic, the first thing I saw at the border was a cartload of hay leaving the GDR. It resembled an Amish wagon, but was something ordinarily used on their farms. The border guards picked up pitchforks and viciously stabbed them into the hay over and over. If someone had been hiding in the hay, they would have been killed or seriously maimed. We learned later that someone had escaped that way, and the border guards were angry at being humiliated. I later spoke to a young man my own age (17) who was forced to work as a border guard. His parents were diplomats, required to travel, and so he was treated somewhat as a hostage in order to ensure their loyalty. He expressed to me privately his worry that he would be required to kill someone his own age who was trying to escape. Erich Honecker, the GDR leader, a virtual dictator, had imposed the shoot to kill order on escapees at that time.

We heard a lot about economics from our East German hosts. They were required to learn Socialist economic theory as young children. But it didn’t make any sense, it was just slogans. I was at the same time, studying economics and went on to major in it. I never thought I would hear East German economic sloganeering again after the Berlin Wall fell, but that’s what we’re hearing from Bernie Sanders at his rallies. His theories, based on a scheme of luxury taxes and making certain items free, do not work in real life.

Evidence of the failed economy was all around us. Shortages forced families to wait for everything- whether it was in a daily line for food or 5-10 years for a car or apartment. A black and white television set cost about a year’s salary. A manual typewriter, nearly as much. In West Germany, the East Mark currency was trading at 17:1- 17 East Marks for 1 West German Mark. But inside East Germany it was 1:1. We had to keep receipts for everything we bought and if caught engaging in illegal currency trading we could be jailed. At the time of our visit there were many Westerners imprisoned for this very thing. But because of the closed economic system, there were many goods that the East Germans simply had no access to, and other goods were manipulated.

The East German economy was in fact a huge fake. It relied entirely on a barter system on the international level. Guestworkers from Angola were paid in motorcycles because the East Mark was worthless outside the country. Giant hard currency stores catered to Westerners. We were encouraged by our hosts to shop there and spend our US dollars. We did, in fact, because that was the only place to buy palatable food. The GDR was so environmentally devastated in 1987, that the food system was beginning to resemble North Korea. There was no real food. It was a horrible situation crossing the border and going from the wonderful and plenteous cuisine of West Germany, to experiencing something out of a 70s sci fi novel (Soylent Green comes to mind). The food resembled crushed powerbars made into shapes resembling regular food. There were shops with beautifully decorated cakes on the main streets in East Berlin, but they were inedible. For breakfast there were the traditional blood sausages (also popular in West Germany) but they were essentially gelatin and food coloring. The main meat dish I had was in Dresden. It was a horse’s knuckle. There was a tiny sphere of meat surrounded by layers of fat. The Bulgarian tourists travelling with us enjoyed it very much. They looked like they ate worse than the East Germans. The children we saw in the streets were far too thin, and their faces pinched. We always hear from Europeans how obese Americans are, and perhaps we are, but even by Western European standards, these children seemed undernourished. There was no milk, only non-dairy creamer. Of course the coffee was chicory- the only obtainable coffee at the time would have come from Cuba and that was reserved for Russians or perhaps very high level aparatchiks (Socialist Party officials). Most meals were potato-based and that was heavily supplemented with some sort of vegetable starch. We saw very little fresh food of any kind, citrus (watered down and hard to identify) was in short supply. Heavily processed bread was available, and practically free, but the nutritional content was low.

We learned later that the reason for the lack of fresh food was soil exhaustion and poisoning. The terrible acid rain destroyed the production of the few crops that would grow. Acid rain in East Germany was caused by two main factors. One was the burning of brown coal- a very dirty peat. They couldn’t get better quality coal because of the lack of trade with non-Soviet bloc countries.

Another factor was the exhaust from poor quality cars. The famous GDR Trabanz, or Trabi was a small car resembling a Fiat. Sometimes it only had 3 wheels. But the engine was more like a lawnmower engine rather than a modern car engine. The body of the cars were made from Soviet wool waste and tree resin. There were nicer cars available, the Lada, but these seemed to be owned only by high level Socialist Party members.

The free college plan didn’t work very well in East Germany. Free also meant there were shortages, so only a small fraction of students were able to attend university. The competition was so fierce that kids were chosen by a battery of tests taken around age 11. If a child’s parents were college educated, the child would never be allowed to attend university- they would be required to be a farm worker, which was considered ideologically purifying. The state decided what the student would study. Our tour guide was forced to study languages (she actually wanted to study other subjects), particularly Portuguese, in order to bring the revolution to Angola. She had no desire to go to Angola. She was taught Portuguese by people who were forced to learn it in order to bring the Revolution to Brazil. None of these ventures succeeded and she was required to learn a third language, English. In the beginning, she pushed the government agenda, but eventually she began talking to my professors truthfully about her experience, and about what life was really like.”

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Online source: Volunteers for Peace-Burlington

How Local Officials Siphon $…Bernie?

By J. Eller @SDzzz  SandersGuide 2016 YouTube


Did Bernie Sanders and his cronies siphon money from publicly funded accounts? We’ll never know, but here’s one way it’s done…

 Years ago, I was a member of a citizens group of varying political persuasions with one goal, to find out why academic programs were being short-changed in a very large school district. We knew two things at the outset:

  • The school board and administration officials were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel to national conferences (entertainment and limos included) and training to install Outcome Based Education strategies in the school system.
  • The district was leaking millions of dollars in funding, that was simply “gone” without any explanation.

We demanded  copies of budgets and audits, any paperwork we could find, and when met with resistance, gathered supporters for school board meetings to pressure officials. It wasn’t easy to do. Sports parents are a rowdy lot, they fundraise with fervor and can pack a meeting on demand. Academic parents are quieter, less likely to raise a fuss or speak out.

After days of marathon sessions reading through three-inch think binders, school by school, we finally found a small department in a rural elementary school with a shocking $6.5 million dollars in its sports equipment department, tucked away in the back  of that tiny school’s budget.

We learned how budget strategies worked,  like their “average-to-actual” strategy  which allowed over-funding or under-funding any department in the school. This technique was used to get around time limits on funding schedules. Federal and state monies often rule that the money must be spent within a certain time-frame to receive new funds for the next year, and surpluses were not allowed. By setting higher than normal budgets (averages) the actuals would be met and and a surplus gained.


I can’t say this is the strategy used when Bernie Sanders and Jonathan Leopold “reformed” accounting procedures in Burlington City Hall and suddenly found extra money, but years later Leopold would find himself in deep financial trouble plus job loss for swapping columns, just as Jane Sanders would lose her job at Burlington College in a similar swapping scheme.


The danger is that it’s fraud when knowingly used to gain profits from public monies (proving intent is difficult) and secondly, since the leftovers don’t “exist”, any unscrupulous official or group can tap that account and siphon off what they want for personal gain or personal pet “public” projects that they fear would never meet voter approval. No one in the school system would ever report it if those funds went missing because the sky would fall on all of them, from the federal level, then state level, and finally local level, because what one board does impact’s decisions of another board or council who may have been deceived into doing things like raising property taxes to meet the other board’s yearly demands and voters would be very happy over such negligence and malfeasance and remove them from office. It’s even more complicated when one person holds as many board positions as possible outside of elected office without apparent conflict-of-interest scrutiny. It would take a strong outsider to challenge it in the political arena, one who would have to endure the abuse from those exposed and their cronies, who might be their neighbors.

We decided to get like minded people to run for school board, prevailing with two candidates  who pressured the financial architect slash superintendent into resigning. Did everything change? Not as much as we would have liked and many of us were harassed, our cars vandalized, fake police complaints lodged and so forth, but it only strengthened our resolve. The old guard still held a majority and there was the borough council to deal with as well.

From there we learned the secret of audits via the inner sanctum. The public is shown one version of an audit with all the checks and balances. The administration sees another copy revealing losses, accounting errors, and so on. The school board sees the true audit and it’s confidential. These result in executive sessions, meetings closed to the public, where they decide what’s best for the district, not the public or students. No action has to be taken, but it’s the legal venue for board discussions not allowed in other private conversations outside of board meetings. It is what it appears to be, a plotting session.

Unless an audit is approved to scan for criminal activity, which is almost impossible to get approved after district officials make sure the local paper’s headline blasts a six-figure cost to taxpayers, no criminal activity will be discovered because that is not the purpose or scope of a typical audit.  In reality, audits just make sure all the columns add up . Something like $6.5 million in a small, remote elementary school’s sports equipment department wouldn’t raise an eyebrow, not even slightly.


Insider Trading

Why is it so many public officials serving their community enjoy higher personal wealth growth than the average citizen when those board positions are often volunteer or compensated with small stipends? For one thing, they know when government or outside funding is in the works for Project X. They may have even created Project X (possibly seeded with those “average” funds) or been part of it, all for the “good”of the community. They know where it will happen (real estate), the support network needed (local businesses) and when. They also have name recognition as officials, helpful to their business concerns,  and party loyalty.

By knowing  the parameters and rules better than outsiders, they’re positioned to take advantage, if only to pass info to friends, family or political allies. They know what land to buy or sell. They can project financial rewards to come in several categories, similar to investing in the stock market.  Get the grant, get the government funding, make it happen, then sell the idea to the public to take it to the highest level (if we stop now look at all the money we lose). There are so many working parts to the machine that no watchdog group has a chance of tracking it all, especially since it’s exhausting, stressful and usually uncompensated volunteer work.

Lucky Joe, brother of Councilman Jack, just sold his worthless piece of property for a million bucks, imagine that! Wonder how he knew that new project was coming or why they chose that location? Is it okay the real estate broker was Councilman Jack’s wife? What if Project X ‘s CEO just happens to be the son of Councilman Jack?

All Jack has to do is disclose his conflict-of-interest and vote for his own interests, because it’s ‘public knowledge’, after all.

Don’t worry about that tax increase, it’s all for a better community.


Influence Peddling

That’s the easiest scam, especially for people enamored by power, even if it’s just small town power. Basically, it works off the quid pro quo system and favors can take years to pay back, but it’s like having a favor in the bank. Manipulations by the, “I’ll look into it” handshake crowd are common. If you’re not a “friendly”, expect to be pushed to the back of the line.

I have to laugh when Bernie Sanders blames all the nation’s woes on Wall St. and corporations. Small town power plays go on day in, day out in communities across America. Most of us know it or at least sense it, yet feel powerless to change it. The best place for a plunderer is a small town and you can bet the city councils, school boards, housing authority and every entity, no matter how large or small has a player “on board”.

I still maintain some hope in the system. Not everyone in politics is a scoundrel or crook, but the longer they’re in office, the harder it is to maintain autonomy, but it’s not impossible if they have strong character.

This is why voting in local and state elections matters so very much. Who we choose from councils to judges to prosecutors, mayors, governors, congress and senate makes the system as a whole succeed or fail. It isn’t as exciting as presidential elections nor does it carry the obvious weight, but it’s where everyday life is lived. Influence it, wherever you can.

Sanders Finances – Bring a Shovel

By J. Eller @SDzzz  SandersGuide 2016 YouTube


UPDATE 4/2/2016: Re Bernie Sanders self-funding data. It has come to my attention, data used from Opensecrets.org has changed and the links now access different data. Opensecrets has been contacted about this change and whether the site has simply moved the data or retracted it. Information used here from the site was formerly accessible by this google listing (screenshot) and also available in two places on the website. There will be another update when The Center for Responsive Politics/OpenSecrets.org responds.

Note: This does not impact any income data used here. Sources for those figures are tax records from Burlington College for Jane Sanders’ compensation and Bernie Sanders’ Senate Financial Disclosures.

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UPDATE 3/8/2016: Bernie Sanders and Jane Driscoll getting Jonathan Leopold’s help during a budget battle.

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UPDATE: Bernie Sanders’ cash on hand for self-funding political campaigns:

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FAST FACTS:

  • The Sanders true net worth is far higher than reported, some have calculated as being well over $1.5 million.
  • Other than joint real estate, almost all of the Sanders’ assets are in Jane’s name.
  • Jane Sanders and daughter Carina Driscoll were paid to do campaign work for Bernie.
  • CREW lodged an ethics violation against Bernie Sanders for a book royalties deal between Bernie and Friends of Bernie Sanders PAC.
  • Jane Sanders was architect of unethical accounting practices used in a college land deal while President of Burlington College. Like Jonathan Leopold, on paper, she shifted funds from one account to another to deceive creditors.
  • Jonathan Leopold and Bernie Sanders designed a new accounting procedure at city hall that contributed to the Burlington Telecom scandal.
  • A Sanders daughter and son of Jonathan Leopold benefited from funds secured through Burlington College while Leopold was on the board and Jane Sanders was President.
  • Jane Sanders extensive stock portfolio is not ‘socially responsible’.
  • Son Dave Driscoll is Global Director of Team at Burton Snowboards, Burlington , Vermont. Burton got the ‘Made In America’ uniforms contract for the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding team at the Olympics in Solchi, Russia. The design came from Burlington but no part of the uniforms were made in America.


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  • Burlington, Vermont’s population  in 1980 was 37,712. Today it isn’t much better. 2010 census added only 4,705 citizens. If you love small town politics, it’s the perfect place. The people haven’t  changed much in thirty years, unless you consider what some call the militarization of Burlington by Bernie Sanders with an ever expanding Lockheed presence,  F-35 jets causing property buyouts, military weapons manufacturing and the addition of Sandia Labs of Manhattan Project fame. IBM is another big spender in the area although some complain about the corporate welfare problem.When all else fails, embrace the military-industrial complex and the buckets of federal dollars that accompany it. This was Bernie’s town after his election in 1981 by 10 votes, one of them his, and for all his pro-communism, pro-socialism small-town-on-demand press conferences exalting the virtues of the USSR, Nicaragua and Cuba, capitalism still makes Burlington go ’round and Bernie embraces that, too.
  • You’ve probably read his history by now, the poor student who was a poor student preferring to rabble-rouse and talk about issues. He didn’t vote, floating from protest group to group, believing Marxism was the best thing since popcorn. His first real job was mayor of Burlington in his late thirties, where for months on end he would hold public meetings and call in the press to lecture them on American imperialism against communists and socialists, labels he deplored and referred to as simply “nationalists”, heroes just trying to save their starving people like Fidel Castro and Daniel Ortega.
  • Bernie would probably have disappeared from the political scene long ago if not for meeting Jane Driscoll, a woman who shared all of his views and knew how to move money from column X to column Y to fund programs and political careers. It got her into city hall as Director of Youth Services, a newly minted program which was always funded, even during tough city budget battles.
  • There was already a Youth Services Program called King Street Youth Center, since Roxane Leopold was a volunteer in 1975 (more later in the article on the Leopolds) but Jane wanted another location. “I became the director of the Youth Office. I didn’t report to him. I had to report to the city council and the then city treasurer, (Jonathan Leopold) who is now on my board. In my capacity I started the Queen City Special, a newspaper. When I say “I,” it was with many, many volunteers. We started a teen center which still exists – 242 Main.” It’s purpose was to influence youth on politics, some would say indoctrinate, similar in purpose to Bernie’s Library, the “American People’s Historical Society”, he called it — “a newly formed nonprofit organization producing audio-visual from an alternative point of view,”  he wrote in a pamphlet he distributed”, where he hawked his Eugene Debs documentary to public schools and anyone who would listen. His prices were: purchase – $200-$230 and rental $35. The teen center would go on to become a major “scene” for the punk-rock revolution, rather than the down-to-earth atmosphere of an actual center for abused and vulnerable kids or even needy kids. From 1981 to 1990, Jane headed up the Mayor’s Youth Office. She has been Bernie’s policy advisor since 1990. Her city hall income is unknown for this time period, although her office and program was always a funding priority with Bernie.
  • The Sanders ideology is an important factor in understanding their finances. Unethical behavior, if done under the mantel of helping others, becomes a simple, and often excusable means to an end. Perpetrators know this rule very well.
  • Evangelicals want to control our bodies to save our souls. The Sanders want to free our bodies, but control our minds.
  • In Burlington, board positions are like club memberships, everyone’s on board, so to speak. It’s that rubber-stamp system that allowed Jane Sanders to leap from her position on the Burlington College board to president of the institution. From there she brought city treasurer and Bernie friend, Jonathan Leopold, who soon became treasurer of the Burlington College board. Her fateful decision to buy the local Catholic Diocese property would end the flow of money not only to herself, but to Leopold and his son, Jesse’s resorts on Andros Island, Bahamas and six-figure payments to her daughter Carina Driscoll’s new unaccredited woodworking school, all supported by college funds.
  • Jane Sanders, Tony Pomerleau, a local wealthy developer/philanthropist and Bernie devotee, Jonathan Leopold, Carina Driscoll and a cast of unnamed board members strategically peppered among the housing authority, real estate interests, city hall and the college, built a house of cards that would tumble in just a few short years and the words communism, socialism or Wall Street weren’t mentioned once. Since then, Jonathan Leopold has fallen in financial scandal, as have two college professors left to mend Jane Sanders’ college disaster, but the rest survived unscathed and successful.
  • Jane and Carina worked for Bernie’s campaigns through three businesses created by Jane and Driscoll; Sanders and Driscoll LLC, Leadership Strategies, Progressive Media Strategies and Jane’s personal consulting company under her own name, Jane O’Meara Sanders from 2002-2004. Jane also owns the business license for the Bernie 2016 campaign organization. Those businesses brought on the first round of scrutiny that hit home. Jane was a media buyer for Bernie’s campaign. After overhead, she pocketed about $30,000. Carina was his database manager, pocketing about $65,000 over a few years. All of the businesses are now inactive, except for Bernie 2016.
  • As for Bernie 2016 it’s in penthouse offices overlooking Burlington City Hall. Locals are thrilled, as it’s provided quite a boon to the local economy described by Seven Days:
  • Bernie Bucks: Vermont Companies Count the Campaign Cash 
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  • Win or lose the presidential election, Bernie can’t lose what money and political pork can buy, and that’s the local vote. He’s already filed for Senate re-election, something he didn’t need to do until 2018.

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  • Since Jane’s income is not disclosed in senate disclosures, except for an occasional board compensation of about $1,000 or her Burlington home unlicensed antique business of the same amount, news sources and Burlington tax filings filled the gap. Jane is a commissioner on two State of Vermont Boards: VEDA, Vermont Economic Development Authority  and The Texas-Vermont-Maine Low Level Waste Disposal Compact Commission. 
  • Bernie’s $20,960.48 book royalty is disclosed in a section with his appearances and speeches but the small amounts he lists as given to charity fall far below the book royalties stated as being used in complying with Senate rules, but the charities are unidentified as, “A Charity”. This was cause for concern as an ethics violation by CREW (page 94), The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, especially since it involved one of Bernie’s Campaign Committees, Friends of Bernie Sanders.
  • This graphic illustrates CREW’s revolving door problem with Bernie’s book income.
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  • Avalon Publishing Group  (Book:  The Speech) October 2011 Book royalties: $20,960.48
  • Avalon Publishing Group March 31, 2012 (Book:  The Speech) October 2012 Book royalties: $3991.57
  • Avalon Publishing Group October 30, 2012 (Book:  The Speech) October 2012 Book royalties: $1130.87
  • Book Tour- Avalon Publishing Group 06/14/2013 $638.94 Donated to: “A Charity”
  • Book Tour- Publishing Group 12/30/2013  $378.48 Donated to: “A Charity”Appearance Mahar Live Inc. Los Angeles, CA 11/07/2014  $850.00 Donated to: “A Charity”
  • In the 2015 – (calendar year 2014) disclosure there is reference to a 2014 charity document that is inaccessible, along with an amended document, also inaccessible:
  1. Attachments and Comments (inaccessible) Charity 2014 efd.pdf 06/29/2015 @ 9:40 AM
  2. Attachments& Comments (inaccessible) Sanders, Bernard.pdf 05/15/2014 @ 5:53 PM.
  • What about those disclosures? Bernie never mentions problems like this when he rails against the rich and powerful, probably because it suits his purpose, allowing him to maintain his “privacy” and go on pretending his family is just another average middle-class family.
  • Bernie’s other speeches and appearances which had paid airfare, food, lodging and sometimes a limo:
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  • Nor does he have to disclose real estate, although their Burlington condo went missing from records which regularly showed up in disclosures because it was rental property. This means one of two things; they sold it or stopped renting it out. As far as anyone knows there are three properties; two condos and a house.
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  • They’ve paid down some debts, but their credit card debt is a roller coaster. They’re down to about $80,000 owed on one mortgage and own the other homes outright.
  • Bernie once attacked the rich for owning multiple properties, asking, “How many homes do you need?” For the Sanders family, the answer is three, for a “middle-class” family.
  • What experts say about those disclosures and the banding problem:
  • Alan J. Ziobrowski, PhD “If ‘The objectives of financial disclosure are to inform the public about the financial interests of government officials in order to increase public confidence in the integrity of government and to deter potential conflicts of interest’ as stated in the House Ethics Manual, then financial disclosure, as it is currently practiced, is a dismal failure.
  • Max Holland, Editor of the online newsletter Washington Decoded: More significantly, senators are only required to report their gains within eleven broad bands ($1,001 to $15,000, $15,001 to $50,000, and so forth), and so the exact amount of their profits cannot be measured…
  • Indeed, the ‘banding problem,’ as it’s known to money-in-politics cognoscenti, is a serious defect in the FDRs because it obscures almost as much as it reveals.
  • Stephen M. Bainbridge, MS, JD, William D. Warren Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles “Congressmen and their staffs currently have to report their trading activities only once a year…In contrast, when Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley law in 2002, they gave corporate insiders only two days in which to report their stock transactions. Is there any good reason Congress shouldn’t have to do likewise?”
  • Gail Russell Chaddock, Staff Writer for the Christian Science Monitor
  • “Moreover, by law, the disclosures are removed from the public record after seven years…The data are incomplete: Dollar amounts are reported only in broad ranges: increments such as $50,00-100,000, or ‘over $50 million.'”
  • U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics -Financial Disclosure Instructions:
  • One has to wonder what was happening the day Bernie Sanders signed this senate disclosure without noticing an “x” in the “over $50 million” column in 2008 (calendar year 2007). It’s certainly no small mistake or even an easy mistake, unless it means something we don’t yet understand.
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  • Jane’s Large Stock Portfolio – Not So Socially Responsible Investing
  •  “Bernie released his net worth breakdown statement on 8/15/15. His CREF stock account shows his top ten holdings. Number 4 on that list is the Wells Fargo Bank. Do any of you remember the “Wells Fargo Ghetto Scam” of 2009? The U.S. Department of Justice called that incident the 2nd largest housing discrimination event in history. The case is famous for Wells Fargo officers referring to Blacks as “mud people” and to subprime loans as “Ghetto loans.” And I thought Bernie didn’t like big banks…Why does he invest in a bank with a racist history?
  • Holding #6 on Bernie’s statement happens to be J.P Morgan Chase Bank. Last I heard they still have quite a Wall Street presence. Oh, and company #1 in the Sanders portfolio is Apple; company #9 is Facebook. Both of these companies are known to use Ireland as a means of avoiding American taxes. Legal, but you might think of questionable ethical standards for a purist like Bernie. Heh, but doesn’t everyone like money?” The Art of Selling the Impossible – Bernie Sanders
  • Valic Mid Cap owns Diamondback Energy, Inc., West Texas, a fracking company. via @smoothkobra
  • As yet, a full assessment hasn’t been published on Jane’s full stock portfolio, but this seems to be the tip of the iceberg.
  • Sanders followers defend them by citing comparisons to Clinton’s wealth, saying the income and stocks are insignificant and a “drop in the bucket”. Of course, the difference with the Clintons is one law firm partnership, governor and presidential employment, pensions, Senate, Secretary of State, best-selling books and high value speaking engagements. While Bernie had an income gap until he was 39, the Clintons were employed young, using their educations and talents.  It can also be said, the Clintons give millions to charities and aren’t afraid to name them.  In spite of Bernie admitting he gave $300 while visiting Daniel Ortega back in the day, he is not a champion of charity, going so far as telling a United Way group he didn’t believe in charity. He constituents agree, since Vermont is ranked 49th in charitable giving.
  • Notes on People – Some Disunity Along the United Way – NYTimes.com
  • Vermont 49th among states in charitable contributions | Vermont Business Magazine
  • This income and political influence research isn’t intended for die-hard Sanders supporters. Anything he does is justified, even if it’s a lie or illusion. For those interested in how influence peddling works and the personal payoffs it brings, this is for you.
  • Jane Sanders as President of Burlington College
  • Before Burlington College, Jane was Provost of Goddard College, like Burlington, a small college. “It was very difficult to make that choice,” said Sanders, a Goddard alumna who has chaired the college’s board of trustees for three years. “But Goddard is at a crossroads now, and they have asked me to change my role and facilitate that journey.” She took over at a time of upheaval. “I’m here on campus, but I feel like I’m walking on the corpses of those that have been fired.” KATHARINE KAVANAGH, Goddard student 
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  • In 2008, a few years before the land purchase scandal, Jane was known for getting rid of dissenters, another trait she shares with Bernie, profiled in Bernie Sanders’ Dissonance and Dissidents
  • Burlington College Students Press for Changes After Prof’s Dismissal 
  • “Over the past four years, there have been more than two dozen faculty and staff who have left [Burlington College],” said SGA President Joshua Lambert in an interview last week. “A lot of those, we’re concerned, have to do with the administrative practices of Jane Sanders and her administration.”
  • In September, representatives of the Student Government Association (SGA) began meeting with students, faculty and staff about what they described as a “toxic and disruptive environment” on campus, which they blame on Burlington College President Jane O’Meara Sanders.
  • Seventy-four of the college’s 170 students and 11 faculty and staff signed a petition calling for the emergency meeting and expressing the view that there’s a “crisis in leadership” at the school.
  • “Over the past four years, there have been more than two dozen faculty and staff who have left [Burlington College],” said SGA President Joshua Lambert in an interview last week. “A lot of those, we’re concerned, have to do with the administrative practices of Jane Sanders and her administration.”
  • In August, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) expressed concerns about Burlington College’s lack of a formal grievance policy for faculty. In a letter to Sanders, Robert Kreiser, senior program officer in AAUP’s department of academic freedom, tenure and governance, called the omission “quite unusual” for an American college or university.”
  •  Buying the Diocese
  • The trouble began when the Catholic Diocese, beset by priest sex-abuse lawsuits put the diocese and its’ 74 acres of land up for sale. Jane Sanders imagined a grand plan along the lines of if-you-build-it-they-will-come and decided the college would buy it and then somehow double its student enrollment  for the first time in the college’s history to support it. Along with the $10 million price-tag, it would need work to make it suitable for school use.
  • “Burlington College took on $10 million of debt to pay for the new campus. The institution owes $6.5 million in tax-free bonds issued by the Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Finance Agency and purchased by People’s United Bank. (Jane Sanders has an IRA/Cash Annuity with People’s United Bank) The diocese also loaned the college roughly $3.5 million. And the college received a $500,000 loan from Tony Pomerleau, a local philanthropist and real estate magnate who’s an old friend of Bernie Sanders, The Burlington Free Press reported.”
  • “This was money for basic work on the diocese building to allow the college to move in and begin using it. Pomerleau said last week that he made the loan in support of both the college and its then-president, Jane Sanders, who orchestrated the purchase.
  • “It wouldn’t have happened without Jane,” Pomerleau said. “In my mind, she did a tremendous job.”
  • Pomerleau is also an old friend of Sanders’ husband. He supported Bernie Sanders after he was elected mayor of Burlington. When Bernie Sanders won election, Pomerleau recalled proudly, “I was the first one to congratulate him.”
  • As for his loan, the college has not repaid it. “Maybe some interest,” Pomerleau said. The due date for payment in full has been pushed forward a year, to Dec. 31.”
  • When the college soon defaulted on payments, questions, allegations and financial reviews started flying. It turned out that Jane had swapped a future bequeathal to the college for an actual donation in an unethical, but not illegal some say (in Vermont)  accounting practice to deceive creditors during the purchase. Combined with sudden financial problems and the defaults, Jane was asked to resign. She negotiated a very nice settlement, that would pay her for three years as if she were still there, covered by a “sabbatical” agreement. There’s some irony to be found in getting forced out of your job over a Catholic Diocese and using a form of the Greek word sabatikos for Sabbath to get your golden parachute payments. Things turned out well for Jane. Most of the rubber-stamp board was afraid to speak on the record , although a few quietly disapproved off the record, the college finally giving halfhearted support for the disgraced president for obvious reasons; the privately negotiated deal was secret, political survival and a hopeful attempt to support what remained of the college’s reputation. In time, the college tax files would reveal the agreement:
  • 2010-11-jansanders package
  • “THE FORMER PRESIDENT, JANE SANDERS, RESIGNED FROM THE COLLEGE AND A TRANSITION AGREEMENT WAS ENTERED INTO ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 FOR ONE (1) YEAR. THE PRESIDENT WILL BE PAID FOR THE YEAR, OVER THE FOLLOWING TWO (2) YEARS (THROUGH OCTOBER, 2013), AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF $149,380 INCLUDING ALL CUSTOMARY BENEFITS IN ADDITION, THE FORMER PRESIDENT WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS INTO HER RETIREMENT PLANS TOTALING $21,415 AND A DEFERRED BONUS OF $15,000 AND A LUMP SUM FINAL PAYMENT OF $15,000. THE BALANCE OUTSTANDING AS OF JUNE 30, 2012 ON CONTRACT TOTALED $123,427. THE TOTAL SEVERANCE PAYMENT TO BE RECEIVED FROM OCTOBER 2011 THROUGH OCTOBER 2013 IS $200,795.”
  • Jane claims she didn’t take a FULL buyout because it would hurt the school. In reality, she knew Gov. Shumlin had raised public hell over her predecessor’s $650,000 buyout:
  • JS-buyout
  • BURLINGTON COLLEGE BOARD WANTS SANDERS TO EXIT
  • Presidents following Jane would find themselves with student protests over receiving their support funds and one donor has filed a lawsuit for misused funds.
  • Donor sues Burlington College, alleges misused money  February 24, 2016
  • Request For Investigation Into Bernie Sanders’ Wife Jane Published 01/11 2016
  • Complaint: Request for an Investigation Apparent Bank Fraud 
  • More Problems Leading to Jane’s Job Loss at Burlington College: Strapped College Maintains Study Abroad Program and Funds Jane’s Daughter’s School.
  • While Jane’s Catholic Diocese land purchase was the last straw for the college, there were other simmering issues.
  • Burlington College began backing daughter Carina Driscoll’s unaccredited Vermont Woodworking School with college funds.
  • The college Study Abroad Program focused on one of Bernie’s (and Jane’s) pet causes, Cuba. (Bernie was visiting Cuba and Nicaragua in the 1980’s claiming the U.S. was causing starvation in those countries). Jane has since said she and Bernie have made several visits to Cuba.
  • The other half of the program was “biodiversity” in the Bahamas at resorts owned by Jonathan Leopold, Nathan’s Lodge  and son, Jesse Leopold’s Andros Beach Club . Jane Sanders justifies the program by claiming the Leopolds gave the college substantial discounts.
  • Professors were leaving, either by Jane forcing them out or a rejection of her management style.
  • Jane’s boast of her involvement in Burlington College’s Study Abroad Program in Cuba: ” We have a program where we have an agreement with the University of Havana, where we’re going to be able to send up to 15 students to Cuba. They’ll stay in a co-op residence and be taking four classes. They’ll take an arts and culture class that brings them around the entire island, where they’ll see the architecture and the art. They’ll be taking Spanish, and an elective that they choose at the University, and the core course will be a course on Cuban Studies, history, politics, geography, economics – everything about Cuba. We’re very excited about it. There are very few places that have a course like this. We had to go to the Department of the Treasury to get a license to be able to do it. Sandy Baird (Burlington College’s director of International Studies and Civic Engagement) and I, we’re leading the program, have been going back and forth to Cuba to set it up.” It’s unknown whether this was billed as executive travel or to the Study Abroad Program itself.
  • It seems a no-brainer that Bernie Sanders would steer clear of anything related to the Bahamas, since part of his anti-Wall St. script refers to vast sums hidden in Cayman accounts. Then again, Bernie and Friends live by different rules than the rest of us.
  • Besides an instant mental flash of incredible beaches, when people hear about the Bahamas linked with odd accounting practices they can’t help but think of the Caymans and money-laundering. Here’s an article in case you’re curious:
  • What Fund Managers Sometimes Forget About Cayman Funds 

  • Study Abroad Program, Bahamas and the Vermont  Woodworking School.
  • Here is an unaffiliated website explaining the standard Study Abroad Program: Study Abroad in Central America and the Caribbean Jane’s programs were selected and designed by Sandy Baird and herself.
  • Vermont Woodworking School
  • Carina Driscoll started the woodworking  school in honor of her late father, David Driscoll, an IBM executive with a love for woodworking.
  • Study Abroad Program:
  • 2008: $47,395
  • 2009: $128,095
  • 2010: $123,514 (an additional $80,000 is listed without explanation)
  • 2011: $2,010
  • 2012: $149,682
  • TOTAL: $530,696
  • Andros Beach Club and Nathan’s Lodge
  • 2009: $17,440
  • 2010: $7,650
  • 2011: $43,010
  • TOTAL: $68,100
  • Vermont Woodworking School:
  • 2009: $6,474
  • 2010: $133,134
  • 2011: $138,571
  • 2012: $182,741
  • TOTAL: $460,920
  • Jonathan Leopold’s first year on the college board was 2005. In 2008 Leopold advanced to Treasurer, Institutional Trustee and the Study Abroad  and Bahamas program began.  Only Jane Sanders and Jonathan Leopold are listed as officers that year. Jonathan Leopold, burdened with his growing Burlington Telecom scandal and Jane’s resignation drops off the Burlington College Board in 2011.
  • Jonathan Leopold:  Nathan’s Lodge   Jesse Leopold: Andros Beach Club
  • A class documents its stay in the Bahamas
  • Press report: “Turns out it was a— focusing on nature photography and marine and coastal ecosystems. three-credit spring break course — for 14 students and two faculty members”
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    Letter to the editor – Seven Days
  • 2015 Burlington College Trip Brings Injury Lawsuit against Jesse Leopold of Andros Beach Club.
  • Subject: A woman from the Burlington Study Abroad Program is injured by a boat ladder while diving at Andros Beach Club and files a lawsuit. According to the deposition, 03/18/15, Jesse’s real address was Burlington, VT at a house provided by his father and was unskilled at mechanical things, such as boat care and maintenance, but had basic CPR and scuba diving certification. The lawsuit is about an injury sustained by a boat ladder after a dive. While the lawsuit also names the manufacturer, Jesse admits he knew there was damage to the ladder, assumes it was caused by fishing line during a fishing trip and had his handyman dispose of the ladder after the accident. The court ruled the manufacturer was not liable for Jesse Leopold’s negligence.  Since Jesse had disposed of the evidence it could not be tied to any manufacturer. Litigation after that is unknown.
  • Jonathan Porter Aaron Leopold III aka Jesse Leopold Injury Lawsuit Deposition 
  • Allen v. Leopold, No. 1:2014cv00022 – Document 74 (D. Vt. 2015) Court Description: MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 47 Motion for Summary Judgment. Defendant’s Third Party Complaint 15 against Vallery Industries, Inc. is DISMISSED. Signed by District Judge J. Garvan Murtha on 7/29/2015. (esb)


  • The Story of Jonathan Leopold and the Burlington Telecom Scandal
  • “Socialism is a great idea, Bernie, but it just doesn’t work in practice.” Leopold told Sanders in the early  days
  • Are there ties to the Bernie-Jonathan-Jane odd accounting practices? Absolutely, and it began in Bernie’s administration.
  • The Sanderistas wriggled out of that death grip by making the budget a more autonomous instrument, Leopold relates. As a result of reforms they introduced in the city’s accounting procedures, for example, Sanders and Leopold uncovered a $1.9 million budget surplus. About $200,000 of that sum was used to seed the Burlington Community Land Trust, itself an innovative response to the perennial shortage of safe and affordable housing. Two years after its launch, the land trust won a United Nations award as a leading international housing initiative, Leopold points out.” (Burlington Community Land Trust is now The Champlain Housing Trust where Carina Driscoll is a board member)
  • “A combination of idealism and pragmatism has long characterized Leopold’s approach to governance. And 17 years after the bow-tied Vermont WASP from Buffalo, New York, and the wooly-haired Brooklyn Jew ended their triumphant run as the Odd Couple of Burlington politics, he’s back – in the job he held previously for eight years.” King Leopold  – Who’s really running the city of Burlington? 2007
  • Leopold is still battling his problems from the Burlington Telcom crisis. He may have to repay several million dollars in losses incurred and legal fees.
  • Leopold Background:
  • 1999 UD Messenger Profile of the Leopolds as foster parents:
  • “Jonathan is chief financial officer of Global Health Care Communications, a London-based publisher of health-care magazines that is preparing to launch a major, closed-circuit satellite broadcasting system. He also runs his own Leopold Financial Group, which will soon break ground on an international health-care training facility, conference center and wildlife sanctuary in the Bahamas.”
  • “Since 1975, Roxane (Leopold) has served as executive director of the King Street Youth Center, which provides a range of services to children from Burlington’s poorest neighborhoods. Most of the children she works with come from single-parent families dealing with drug or alcohol abuse, unemployment, physical abuse and neglect and other social problems.”
  • The Leopold City Hall Burlington Telecom  Scandal:
  • “Taxpayers were unaware until 2009 that the city was also burning through $16.9 million transferred without public knowledge or approval by Jonathan Leopold, the city’s chief administrative officer.”
  • 2010: Federal Government Stimulus to the Rescue!
  • Vermont Lands $47 Million in Broadband StimulusIn a joint news release, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Republican Gov. Jim Douglas called the two grants the “largest public investment in broadband infrastructure ever made in Vermont.”
  • “Leopold resigned, but he wasn’t charged with a crime. Because he didn’t take money from the general fund for himself, Chittendon Superior Court found he had “invested” the mismanaged funds in the city’s existing infrastructure and wasn’t responsible to repay any of it.” Burlington boondoggle: How the Telecom scandal is still costing taxpayers millions 
  • Burlington CAO Jonathan Leopold To Resign, “Regrets” BT-Related “Difficulties”
  • Leopold largely cleared in Burlington Telecom case
  • “The court concludes that Leopold acted without any bad faith and with the best interests of the City in mind,”
  • But then, circumstances change and even federal millions can’t save Burlington Telecom. Leopold is left holding the bag:
  • Supreme Court Denies Immunity for Top Burlington Official
  • BT Misses Loan Payment, Says Talks with CitiCapital Remain Ongoing
  • “The end result is that Leopold could be on the hook personally to repay portions of the $17 million if the city can’t cough up the cash.”
  • Court: Osier v. The City of Burlington, No. S1588-09 CnC (Crawford, J., Apr. 30, 2013)
  • No Coverage For $16.9M Taxpayer Suit Against Former City Officer, 2nd Circuit Affirms
  • (November 19, 2015, 11:39 AM ET) — NEW YORK — The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 18 affirmed a lower federal court’s ruling that a public entity management liability protection (PEMLP) policy’s insured vs. insured exclusion bars coverage for an underlying municipal taxpayer lawsuit against the former chief administrative officer of the City of Burlington, Vt. (St. Paul Guardian Insurance Co., et al. v. Jonathan Leopold, No. 14-4519, 2nd Cir.).
    (Summary order available. Document #13-151203-017R.)
  • St. Paul is represented by Robert M. Vinci of Drinker Biddle & Reath in Florham Park, N.J., Frederick P. Marczyk of Drinker Biddle in Philadelphia and Thomas E. McCormick of McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper, Burchard in Burlington.
  • Leopold is represented by Robert Gensburg of Gensburg, Atwell and Greaves in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

  • The Children
  • Who are the people around Jane and Bernie that keep the wheels turning? Who can blame them for taking advantage of their semi-privileged political connections? Are they well-meaning or just privileged? The children, are of course, the first ring of the inner circle; Dave Driscoll, Carina Driscoll, Heather (Driscoll) Titus and Levi Sanders (pronounced leh-vee):
  • First, there’s Carina Driscoll, the most political of the four. @CarinaDriscoll on twitter.
  • Employment History
  • Vermont Woodworking School
  • Communications Coordinator
  • VBSR Companies -(Networking Club for Business/Politics)
  • Communications Coordinator-Vermont Businesses
  • Operations Manager- City of Burlington
  • State Legislator – 2000 Vermont  (Redistricting removed her district)
  • Clerk/Treasurer’s Office – Burlington 2012 (“Weinberger actually wants her in the newly created position of Assistant to the Mayor for Open Government, Innovation and Mayoral Initiatives.”)
  • Board Memberships and Affiliations
  • City Councilor-Burlington (Progressive-turned-Democrat Carina Driscoll lost re-election to Joan Shannon (D-Ward 5) in caucus)
  • Burlington School Board
  • Housing Trust Fund Administrative Committee
  • Champlain Housing Trust Board of Directors
  • “Mayor Sanders created the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) in 1982 to help implement his progressive agenda, work on establishing a community land trust…The Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) was born in a small city with a big idea: by creating a stock of permanently affordable housing.”
  • Dave Driscoll
  • Dave Driscoll,  is the “Global Director of Team” at Burton Snowboards, a snowboard manufacturing company headquartered in Burlington, Vermont. Burton got the uniforms contract for the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding team at the Olympics in Solchi, Russia.
  • Bernie Sanders Senate website, Smithsonian Opens Made-in-America Gift Shop
  • News that the uniforms were made overseas, in conflict with the Made In America label (fabric made in Italy and Vietnam, with the uniforms being fabricated in Japan and sewn in Taiwan)  advocate Bernie Sanders quickly shifted the blame to the U.S. Olympic Committee even after he celebrated a new  Made In America giftshop at the Smithsonian on his Bernie Sanders Senate website, Smithsonian Opens Made-in-America Gift Shop
  • Controversy over Burton designed U.S. Snowboarding Team Uniforms for Sochi Olympics
  • “While Sanders applauded the Smithsonian for making progress, he also voiced concern about some of the products still sold at the museum’s main gift shop, including Rosie the Riveter towels made in China and Uncle Sam “I Want You” t-shirts made in Nicaragua. Similar American-made products are also for sale at the museum for similar prices, he noted.”
  • Heather Titus (Driscoll)
  • “Growing up in Vermont, the step-daughter of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Heather Titus created a theater production company when she was 9, planned all the family birthday parties and spent years in New York and London creating community around the arts. When she came to Sedona to escape the fast-pace, she realized she could use her entrepreneurial skills to help people find truth and peace through yoga.” She specializes in yoga for vets with PTSD.  Sedona Yoga Festival
  • Levi Sanders
  • Biological son of Bernie Sanders, grew up in his father’s rabble-rousing days of constant lectures on the values of socialism and communism, mainly in poverty due to his father’s inability to hold a full-time job until his first election. Levi sometimes gets involved in supporting his father’s campaigns.
  • “Greater Boston Area Legal Services University of Oregon Currently, “a social security disability insurance senior analyst at Boston-based Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services, handling insurance claims in disability cases for both children and adults.
  • Levi also worked as a consultant for his father’s 2006 Senate campaign, organizing campaign meetings and drafting papers on social security, health care, housing, and other social service issues, according to his profile. He’s also a graduate of the University of Oregon, receiving a B.A. in history in 1992.”

  • Sources:
  • Records for Burlington College are available 2004-2013
  • Congressional and Senate Disclosures available 2004-2015
  • Presidential Disclosure 2015
  • Records for Burlington City Hall for Bernie Sanders as Mayor and Jane Driscoll as Director of Youth Services are unavailable. Local newspapers reporting on city hall provide data.