WASHINGTON (AP) – An African American political consultant signed a nondisclosure agreement barring her from discussing a lawsuit alleging Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign and a nonprofit he later founded engaged in discriminatory racial conduct.
The allegations in Tezlyn Figaro’s 2019 lawsuit raise questions about Sanders’ approach toward black voters. Figaro confirmed the existence of the agreement to The Associated Press. Sanders struggled to appeal to African Americans in 2016 and can’t afford to do so again if he hopes to become president. The agreement between Figaro and the nonprofit Our Revolution is silencing a woman who’d criticized Sanders’ record on race. That’s led some to call for her to be released from it.