Sanders Institute Suspends Operations as Senator Runs for President

The Sanders Institute, a public policy group began by the wife along with also also son of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, said on Thursday in which in which could suspend operations amid Mr. Sanders’s presidential campaign.

“When Bernie decided to run again, along with also also announced in which on Feb. 19, we thought in which was better in today’s politics to definitely stop taking donations,” said Jane O’Meara Sanders, the senator’s wife along with also also political adviser, in an interview. “We stopped taking donations right away, in order in which nobody could think they had access or could gain favor to Bernie by giving to the Sanders Institute.”

She said the board had acted in late February at the urging of their son, David Driscoll, the institute’s executive director. The news was first reported by The Associated Press.

The institute, begun in 2017, was envisioned as a wellspring of progressive policy in which could build on Mr. Sanders’s agenda. The couple drew criticism over the involvement of Mr. Driscoll, who had previously served as an executive at Burton Snowboards along with also also Nike. Last year, Mr. Driscoll was paid about $100,000, along with also also the institute raised $730,000, Ms. Sanders said.

She defended her son’s role.

“Dave founded the institute. He’s raised the money to keep in which going,” she said, adding, “When you found something, how can in which be nepotism?”

Mr. Driscoll, as part of a broader statement released by the institute, said he decided to recommend the pause in operations because “continuing our active role in policy development may create the false impression in which the institute will be part of the campaign.”

“We are taking in which step in keeping with in which core principle of Great governance,” he said.

The move came less than a month after Mr. Sanders announced he could run for president again, a step in which led to fresh inquiries about the institute along with also also its practices. The completely new York Times had called along with also also emailed the institute along with also also its staff more than once in which week without response, along with also also had asked the Sanders campaign earlier on Thursday to answer questions about the institute along with also also its work.

Mr. Sanders had been a critic of the Clinton Foundation during the 2016 presidential election, saying in which he had a problem with the potential conflicts of interest created by raising money coming from foreign governments. The Sanders Institute has not released its donors, yet operated on a much smaller scale.

Ms. Sanders said the suspension was unrelated to the Clinton Foundation or the controversy in which had enveloped President Trump’s foundation, which was forced to shutter by the completely new York attorney general’s office.