Donna Brazile Admits Hillary And DNC Screwed Bernie
2016 is the Presidential campaign year that simply won’t die. And for good reason, it seems as though at every turn there was some sort of scamming and shade. And if you are the DNC, things just got a lot worse for you. Donna Brazile just released a scathing article that throws Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the entire DNC under the bus.
Brazile assumed the role of interim chairperson of the DNC after Wasserman-Shultz “resigned” from the role in 2016. Brazile was the subject of controversy from the start due to her affiliations with CNN, which proved to essentially be her downfall after it was revealed the Brazile knowingly passed on debate questions to the then Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
As discovered by Wikileaks, Brazile sent an email to John Podesta and Jennifer Palmeri that read as follows:
“One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash.” The message continued, “her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint.”
Brazile remained entrenched in controversy for months following the incident as Wikileaks leaked more and more interpersonal DNC emails.
Well now, writing for Politico, Brazile seems to say that the DNC is, indeed, dirty. I know, who knew?
Brazile first notes that Wasserman-Schultz was a terrible fundraiser, but oddly, she seems to exclaim a similar sentiment regarding Obama, something she claims harmed the DNC overall. This is her initial entry into how she “followed the money” to unravel the dirty business. Additionally, she states that she found evidence of Bernie Sanders being screwed.
So I followed the money. My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama’s neglect had left the party in significant debt. As Hillary’s campaign gained momentum, she resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet. It had become dependent on her campaign for survival, for which she expected to wield control of its operations.
Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was. How much control Brooklyn had and for how long was still something I had been trying to uncover for the last few weeks.
By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart.
She also says that she learned the DNC was broke, which seems to be tied to Obama and Wasserman-Schultz inept dealings.
The Saturday morning after the convention in July, I called Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Hillary’s campaign. He wasted no words. He told me the Democratic Party was broke and $2 million in debt.
“What?” I screamed. “I am an officer of the party and they’ve been telling us everything is fine and they were raising money with no problems.”
And then this:
“Gary, how did they do this without me knowing?” I asked. “I don’t know how Debbie relates to the officers,” Gary said. He described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp. The campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse. Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party’s national committee.
And it gets worse. Apparently, Hillary was in control of the total funds BEFORE she was elected. The money was earmarked for the Democratic nominee.
“Wait,” I said. “That victory fund was supposed to be for whoever was the nominee, and the state party races. You’re telling me that Hillary has been controlling it since before she got the nomination?”
Brazile then goes on to say that this was a “deal struck” by Wasserman-Schultz. And Brazile goes on to, claiming she began asking questions regarding what now seems to be an open conspiracy to screw Sanders and benefit Hillary. Brazile even claims she “wanted to believe Hillary.” Brazile claims she put on her detective cap and began perusing files attempting to prove the corruption and finally, you guessed it, she did. Her suspicion was raised when the DNC subverted her abilities to send out pressers.
When the party chooses the nominee, the custom is that the candidate’s team starts to exercise more control over the party. If the party has an incumbent candidate, as was the case with Clinton in 1996 or Obama in 2012, this kind of arrangement is seamless because the party already is under the control of the president. When you have an open contest without an incumbent and competitive primaries, the party comes under the candidate’s control only after the nominee is certain. When I was manager of Al Gore’s campaign in 2000, we started inserting our people into the DNC in June. This victory fund agreement, however, had been signed in August 2015, just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and nearly a year before she officially had the nomination.
I had tried to search out any other evidence of internal corruption that would show that the DNC was rigging the system to throw the primary to Hillary, but I could not find any in party affairs or among the staff. I had gone department by department, investigating individual conduct for evidence of skewed decisions, and I was happy to see that I had found none. Then I found this agreement.
The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical. If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead. This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.
I encourage everyone to read this fully. It is worth every second spent.
Photo by Tim Pierce
Author: Jim Satney
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