Jane Sanders’ daughter is running for Bernie’s old seat, in the midst of college $$ controversy

Carina Driscoll for the office of her stepfather Bernie Sanders once.


When Carina announced Driscoll, your stepfather, Bernie Sanders ran for mayor of Burlington, the local Vermont office once – she was determined that their own candidates.

But the Sanders family ties have played a big role in the race, for better or worse.

On the one hand, their campaign hopes, capitalizing on the popularity of the state, the independent senator, with a display called “Bernie’s daughter.” But another family, the connection could prove problematic.

With the election in the next few months, Driscoll’s candidacy was met with a dispute about payments to your business once received from the College her mother to run.

Jane O’meara Sanders, President of Burlington College from 2004 to 2011 and from 2009 to 2012, the University paid approximately $500,000 to Driscoll’s Vermont Woodworking School.

“It speaks to the way they do business,” Carol A. Moore, Jane Sanders’ successor as Burlington College President, told Fox News when asked whether it reflects the offer on the Driscoll mayoral race.

She accused Driscoll of gouging the college with a sweetheart deal given by her mother.

The University is also in the headlines for months.

A federal grand jury has heard testimony about a 10-million-Dollar credit to the school in 2010, and accusations that the college overestimated its ability to pay back the money.

Jane Sanders took a $ 200,000 severance. The College is not closed in the year 2016 will be able to pay their debts.

Reached by phone, Driscoll’s campaign spokeswoman Elise Greaves Fox News said she would call back, but went on. Greaves are not subsequent detailed voicemails to respond on the topic of this story.

Driscoll does not respond to an E-Mail request from Fox News to an address provided by the Vermont Woodworking School.

Carving an offer?

The details of the partnership between Burlington College and the Vermont Woodworking School were first VTDigger reported, with links to the college-990 forms. Later, other news agencies have reported about the controversial on the left.

The college paid $500,000 to Driscoll’s business in the course of the partnership.

Jane O’meara Sanders, President of Burlington College from 2004 to 2011.


“The partnership and the financial arrangements were brought to the Board of Directors of Jane Sanders and developed by Jane Sanders and Carina Driscoll,” said Moore, the chair of the Burlington College in 2016 death and is now President of Columbia College in South Carolina.


Moore said, the woodworking, the school would have a lasting effect not financially, without Burlington College, because it is required to provide to be able to degree in order to qualify for training funding. Driscoll’s woodworking school now has an agreement with Johnson State College.

As for the probe on the Burlington College finances, Moore said that when investigators talked with the FBI and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp with you, the woodworking, the school was “directly” on a topic.

She added: “the focus was on the bank and the loan, but you are overlooking the full term of Jane Sanders at Burlington College and the financial procedures or lack thereof.”

Driscoll’s website is advertising campaign that you founded the wood school in 2007, but the campaign is not mentioned, Burlington College. Driscoll’s campaign Website says that she and her husband, Blake Ewoldsen, along with their friend Bob Fletcher, who founded the school.

“Carina had up woodworking as a hobby, and the three founders of the need for a school in Vermont, a place where craftsmanship and fine wood furniture production has been identified both as an important part of our heritage and a dying art,” the campaign Website says.

‘On My Own’

Driscoll is running as an independent in the March 6 election, with the endorsement of the Vermont Progressive party, challenging incumbent Democratic mayor Miro Weinberger. Also in the competition, an independent candidate is Infinite Culcleasure.

In announcing her candidacy for mayor in December, Driscoll Vermont newspaper, Seven days, said, “It is important to me that I enter this campaign on my own.”

Driscoll, who previously served in the Vermont state legislature, and the Burlington City Council, is also vented to the paper, “I will never, ever receive credit for the completion of everything on my own.”

For his part, Sen. Sanders the announcement in December, “Today Carina is’ s day, and your words and ideas should be the focus, not someone else’s said, referring to his step-daughter.”

However, Driscoll, later an ad posted on social media, says: “I’m Bernie’s daughter, and I am one of the thousands of people in this country, inspired by Bernie to lead during this difficult time.”

Our Revolution, a political group that grew from Sanders presidential campaign, supported it, with a tweet, the press Driscoll, “said, for a more transparent government, to protect community assets and invest in the Burlington schools.” The company profile page on the candidates ‘Driscoll’ s fundraising page.

Weinberger 80,000 raised more than $compared to Driscoll’s haul of about $33,000, Vermont Public Radio reported, at the beginning of February.

Weinberger, spokeswoman for the Jordan Redell said Fox News, the mayor would comment for this story.

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