Bernie Sanders’ Nonprofit Lost A Quarter Million Dollars In Email Hack

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Our Revolution, a nonprofit started by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in 2016, lost $242,000 of funds raised to support a Standing Rock Sioux Native American tribe protest from an email hack, according to a Thursday Politico report.

The theft reportedly happened in December 2016 but was not discovered until the following month, so the loss was recorded in 2017 tax filings released earlier this month.

Per Politico, the FBI has classified the hack as “CEO impersonation,” meaning that the hackers made what looked like an ordinary wire transfer request from a vendor that often works with the group.

The organization ended up giving the tribe the money—raised to aid in the tribe’s protest of an oil pipeline being constructed nearby tribal lands—by shifting around other parts of the budget, though the original quarter million was never recovered.

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