A surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign Thursday rejected claims made by author Peter Schweizer that the Vermont lawmaker funneled campaign cash to his wife Jane's media buying company.
"I watched that piece," the surrogate, Amer Zahr, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "It is talking about things that happened in the 80s, not things that are happening now. We had a campaign in the 80s, a family-run campaign."
"I didn't read his book and don't plan on it," Zahr added. "He specializes in right-wing hit pieces, such as 'Clinton Cash.' (It is) noted by reputable news sources his writing is riddled with errors. I don't want to get into much debate."
Schweizer, the author of "Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite," had said in his book, that when Sanders was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, "one of the first things he did is he put his then-girlfriend Jane on the payroll."
He acknowledged that Sanders' alleged actions were not illegal, but if they were taken in corporate America and not disclosed to shareholders, there would be trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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