The Center for Public Integrity wonders if actor Daniel Craig, best known for playing British super spy James Bond on the big screen, was tricked into donating almost $50,000 to a super PAC that supposedly supports Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
According to Public Integrity the founder of the PAC, Cary Lee Peterson, “has routinely run afoul of creditors and the law — including stiffing one of the nation’s largest news companies out of a six-figure sum.”
Additionally, the democratic socialist from Vermont is no fan of super PAC’s and pledged to not accept any money from them.
“I understand where she is coming from. [But] I will not have a super PAC,” Sanders, said on “Face the Nation” in May. He said, “I don’t think we’re going to outspend Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush or anybody else, but I think we are going to raise the kinds of money that we need to run a strong and winning campaign.”
Super PACs, by law, are not allowed to have any communication or coordination of any kind with the campaigns themselves. However, they can accept donations in larger amounts than the campaigns can and anyone can start one from convicted criminals to political consultants to college students.
Calling his pro-Sander Super Pac Americans Socially United, Peterson, Integrity explains, describes himself as a “lobbyist” and “diplomat.”
Peterson claims he started the super PAC because he’s a fan of Sanders, adding in a phone interview with Integrity that it wan an “honor” to get such a large sum of money from Craig.
“I just believe in the cause,” he said, later adding, “James Bond for Bernie is pretty cool, you know what I mean?”
When Craig, a U.S resident who can legally make donations, was told of Peterson’s legal history by Integrity, he replied in a statement: “Currently, 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.”