The PointBy Daniel Greenfield

FBI Gives Bernie Sanders' Wife a Pass on Alleged Fraud

Laws are for little people.

Laws are for little people.

And the FBI has become a tool of lefty partisan political interests.

Is it a coincidence that both Dem 2016 frontrunners (one of whom is a Dem 2020 frontrunner) appear to be benefiting from FBI privilege?

A spokesperson for Jane O’Meara Sanders said Tuesday that federal authorities have concluded a long-running probe into her tenure as president of the now-shuttered Burlington College. 

“Jane Sanders has been informed that the U.S. Attorney in Vermont has closed its investigation of the Burlington College land deal and has decided not to bring charges of any kind,” spokesperson Jeff Weaver said in a written statement. In a phone interview, Weaver said the feds had shared the news with O’Meara Sanders’ attorneys in “the last couple of days.” 

That’s certainly interesting as the evidence appeared fairly damning.

Burlington College was raided by the Sanders clan. Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, is under FBI investigation for allegedly lying about the school’s finances on a bank loan application. The debt broke the college, which had to shut down under the crushing burden of the loan, while Jane walked away with $200K.

Carina did pretty well during her mother’s mismanagement of Burlington College. The Vermont Woodworking School got $500K from Burlington College. It was among the college’s most expensive programs with a budget over 10% that of Burlington. That’s some rather pricey woodworking.

Why did a struggling college need to spend all that money on a woodworking school?

“This was a sweetheart deal for Carina Driscoll, Jane Sanders’ daughter,” Carol Moore, Burlington’s final president, said. She accused Carina’s school of “gouging the college.”

Really fairly damning. 

More interestingly, what bank lends a small, private, unendowed college of that size and financial status an amount that so obviously outweighs its ability to repay? People’s United Bank of Vermont. And the collateral? One planned gift of a revocable trust, payable upon the death of the donor, and the “promise” of another million-dollar gift. But, alas, no written record of such a “promise” could be found, anywhere in Burlington College’s records.

Who is to blame for this appallingly inappropriate business deal? Perhaps a board that steered clear of the tough questions which needed to be asked. Or a bank in the state of an influential senator — a senator, as it turned out, with bigger ambitions?

That’s from a former college president. And it gets more damning.

A donor says that former Burlington College President Jane Sanders mischaracterized the terms of a gift the donor planned to give the institution.

Corinne Bove Maietta, a member of the famed Burlington Bove’s Restaurant family, said she agreed to give the college an unspecified amount upon her death.

Documents show, however, that Sanders put her down for a series of cash payments.

In an interview with, Maietta said she never agreed to make a series of payments to the college while she was alive, as Sanders claimed in documents provided to a bank. Maietta’s pledge and pledges from other donors were used as collateral.

How does Sanders get a pass? Laws are for little people. Not for Dem candidates.