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New filing raises more questions about shady pro-Bernie Sanders group
Sanders campaign has decried Americans Socially United super PAC
By Michael BeckelemailDave Levinthalemail 6:50 pm, September 17, 2015 Updated: 3:12 pm,
Did this shady pro-Bernie Sanders super PAC just dupe James Bond?
Americans Socially United, a super PAC that recently received nearly $50,000 from James Bond actor Daniel Craig, has submitted its first official campaign finance report to the Federal Election Commission.
And it’s a mess: The report from the group that claims to support presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is riddled with anomalies and raises as many questions as it answers.
The filing by Americans Socially United — whose founder, Cary Lee Peterson, has a history of financial and legal problems and is a wanted man in Arizona — came nearly seven weeks after the mandatory report was due and a week after the Center for Public Integrity raised questions about the super PAC’s operations.
The money from Craig appears to have come at a critical time for Americans Socially United, as the super PAC’s new report states it ended June about $50,000 in the red.
The new report further indicates Americans Socially United had raised about $100,000 from its formation in February through the end of June, although the exact amount is unclear.
That’s because one section of the report lists the super PAC’s total receipts as about $91,000, while other figures indicate it collected about $114,000.
Americans Socially United also states in its report that it refunded a significant portion of the money it collected. But the exact amount is again unclear.
One section of the report states the super PAC refunded about $54,000 in total to donors. Yet another indicates that that number is higher — nearly $80,000 — including $50,000 from a foreign national identified as Alejandro Fernandez of La Paz and $25,000 from a second foreigner simply identified as Anthony Rice.
Only U.S. citizens and green card holders are allowed to donate to federal candidates and political committees.
The report includes the names of about 30 donors but failed to provide federally required information about their addresses, employers and occupations.
Other donations were returned because Peterson’s super PAC got the money by mistake. Some contributions were intended for Sanders’ official campaign, the filing indicates.