Sanders Institute closing down during campaign

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Sanders Institute, a think tank founded by the wife and son of Sen. Bernie Sanders, will close down while Sanders runs for president.

The Vermont-based think tank has been criticized for blurring the lines between family, fundraising and campaigning. When he ran for president in 2016, Sanders criticized Hillary Clinton over her family's nonprofit, claiming it was a back door for people to buy access or favors.

The Sanders Institute has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and won't release its list of donors. The institute did release a statement, saying its policy work has always been completely separate from the electoral process. They also add they're taking the step in keeping with that core principle of good governance.

The institute was founded to promote policies Sanders pushed during his 2016 campaign for president.