The donor is Bond. James Bond.

September 11, 2015

By Grant Smith

Daniel Craig, the English actor best-known for playing James Bond, made a nearly $50,000 campaign contribution to a Super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, according to the Center for Public Integrity. 

Actor Daniel Craig poses during a photo call for the new James Bond film “Spectre” in downtown Rome, February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

CPI reported that some Sanders supporters thought their donation to the Super PAC, Americans Socially United, would go directly to support Sanders’ campaign.

Sanders’ campaign declined comment, but sent Reuters a copy of a letter its attorney Brad Deutsch sent to the Super PAC in mid-June, demanding the committee cease using Sanders’ name. Previously, Americans Socially United was dubbed “Bet on Bernie 2016” and still uses his name in its various websites, including betonbernie.com and pledgesanders2016.com.

The letter reads, in part, that “Your Campaigns and Websites are creating supporter confusion because they appear to be official pages for the Bernie Sanders 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and therefore intercepting donations which are likely intended for the official campaign.”

It’s unclear if Craig thought he was donating directly to Sanders’ campaign. He was not available for comment, via gadget-phone or otherwise, but told CPI that “I have been informed of no evidence to question that my donation has not been used as intended. Should that situation occur, then clearly, I will review my position.”

Sanders, who opposes unlimited money in politics, reported nearly $14 million from individual contributors through June, according to a July report filed with the FEC. He has discouraged support from Super PACs, which have no contribution or spending limits, but Sanders has little power to stop them from accepting donations to support his candidacy beyond demanding they not use his name.

Super PACs cannot directly coordinate with a candidate’s campaign committee, and unlike super PACs, candidates’ committees have an individual contribution limit of $2,700 per election.

Cary Lee Peterson’s Super PAC did not file its mandatory mid-year report in July, so it’s unclear how much money the committee raised or spent. The Federal Election Commission warned Peterson earlier this month that the Super PAC needs to file immediately or face possible penalties or an audit. A phone number for the Super PAC was not in service Friday.

Sanders’ campaign committee reported nearly $14 million from individual contributors through June, according to a July report filed with the FEC. CPI reported that some Sanders supporters thought their donation to the Super PAC would go directly to support Sanders’ campaign.

It’s unclear if Craig made a similar assumption. He was not available for comment, via gadget-phone or otherwise, but told CPI that “I have been informed of no evidence to question that my donation has not been used as intended. Should that situation occur, then clearly, I will review my position.”

Foreign nationals are prohibited from contributing in federal elections, but legal and permanent residents – anyone with a green card – is permitted to donate to campaign committees and Super PACs. According to the CPI report, Craig’s publicist says the actor is a U.S. resident and therefore allowed to make political donations.

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Anyone who gets their news from the internet or from TV has surely seen or read where Bernie claims that he does not receive any money whatsoever from PACS.

If there are PACS raising money for him then he needs to get an attorney to stop them.

However, he will probably look the other way and accept their help.

Posted by IrishSunDevils | Report as abusive

If you had bothered to read the article you would have discovered that Bernie has already worked through his attorney to prevent the Super PACs from using his name to collect money, so your snide ending remark makes you seem ridiculous.

Posted by collardet_c | Report as abusive

No more Bond movies for me.

Posted by Matthew73 | Report as abusive

Craig, is not a US citizen, his English socialistic views should stay in Britain, the empire of of time zone. We whipped your British arses twice and save your British arse twice. The latter was a mistake, next time defend yourself, you just another nation that can’t even feed itself.

Posted by Fixento | Report as abusive