Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Donna Brazile penned an op-ed unveiling Hillary Clinton’s successful scheme to hijack the DNC’s finances and operations while she ran against rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to ensure her victory against him for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“The DNC, Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America signed a secret joint agreement that said, ‘in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,’" Fox News reported.
I had a hunch …
Brazile smelled something fishy about the way Clinton was pulling in the reins of the DNC early in last year’s election cycle.
“I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested,” Brazile shared in her op-ed published by Politico. “I’d had my suspicions from the moment I walked in the door of the DNC a month or so earlier, based on the leaked emails. But who knew if some of them might have been forged? I needed to have solid proof, and so did Bernie.”
Clinton had reportedly taken advantage of the dire situation in which former President Barack Obama had left the DNC after using all of its funds to secure his second term during the 2012 election – a debt he never repaid.
Trump: American public deserves Clinton investigation
WASHINGTON (November 3, 2017) — President Donald Trump said Friday the American public “deserves” a federal investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee over a joint fundraising agreement they signed in August 2015.
Trump launched a multi-part Twitter attack criticizing his former 2016 rival. Trump writes: “Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!” He adds it’s the “real story on Collusion.”
Trump’s accusation follows Politico’s publication of an excerpt from former acting DNC Chair Donna Brazile’s upcoming book. Brazile alleges she found “proof” that the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged in Clinton’s favor. Brazile writes that she believes no laws were violated, but that a funding agreement “looked unethical.”
Late Thursday, Trump tweeted without evidence that he believed they had acted “illegally.”
In subsequent tweets Friday, Trump highlighted criticism of the DNC from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whom he has mocked by calling her “Pocahontas.” He also called on federal authorities to launch an investigation.
“Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.,” he tweeted.
The fundraising agreement, signed in August 2015 during the primary process, was unusual for an open seat and, according to Brazile, gave the Clinton campaign oversight of some DNC decisions. Months later, Clinton’s chief challenger, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, signed his own agreement with the party.
Trump and his campaign are subjects of a wide-ranging investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. The White House has repeatedly sought to turn the attention of the probe, which is looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, to Clinton and her campaign.
“So, I followed the money,” she continued. “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.”
The unscrupulous dealings of Clinton and Obama with Democratic finances were then detailed.
“Obama left the party $24 million in debt – $15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign – and had been paying that off very slowly,” Brazile explained. “Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016. Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016 – about $10 million – and had placed the party on an allowance.”
She was amazed when Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Hillary’s campaign, told her that he had arranged to take out a $2 million loan to keep the DNC afloat.
“He described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp,” Brazile continued. “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.”
It was found out that Clinton had orchestrated things so that more money flowed into her campaign from coast to coast, while competitors were essentially left without a dime from the DNC.
“In fact, Hillary rigged the DNC’s financing system to her advantage – not her challengers’, the Washington Examiner noted. “The Clinton-DNC coalition allowed individual donors who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign to write another check of $353,400 to Clinton's PAC. In return, $10,000 of that money would be given to the 32 state parties that were part of the agreement. The states then funneled $33,400 to the DNC and the other $320,000 to each of the states.”
"Bad blood is flowing everywhere in the Democratic Party – and the more that progressives in the party take control will make it much more difficult for the party to recover from its present state and compete effectively against the Republicans."
"We have to look at the problems they face with people like Senator [Elizabeth] Warren and Senator [Bernie] Sanders who – though they are, of course, very popular with the progressive left wing – cannot appeal to the mainstream of America."
"Hillary Clinton is the greatest gift to the Republican Party. The more that she absorbs all of the attention ... means that it's going to be much more difficult for good, young leaders in the Democratic Party to emerge to take them out of the wilderness where they are."
Dr. Charles Dunn Emeritus professor of government Clemson University (interview with OneNewsNow.com)
Brazile was livid after discovering that Clinton had seized control of the DNC from under her feet.
“’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?’ Gary said the campaign had to do it or the party would collapse,” Brazile recounted in her Politico piece. “That was the deal that [campaign manager] Robby struck with Debbie. It was to sustain the DNC. We sent the party nearly $20 million from September until the convention, and more to prepare for the election.”
The probe and the verdict
After Brazile had investigated what went wrong with the DNC and who was controlling it, she got on the horn with Sanders.
“I had to keep my promise to Bernie … I was in agony as I dialed him,” the ex-DNC chair retold. “Keeping this secret was against everything that I stood for, all that I valued as a woman and as a public servant. ‘Hello, senator. I’ve completed my review of the DNC and I did find the cancer,’ I said. ‘But I will not kill the patient.’”
Hillary’s manipulation of the system to ensure her nomination as the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2016 presidential election was relayed to Sanders by Brazile.
“I discussed the fundraising agreement that each of the candidates had signed,” the interim leader of the Democratic Party rehashed. “Bernie was familiar with it, but he and his staff ignored it. They had their own way of raising money through small donations. I described how Hillary’s campaign had taken it another step.”
Clinton’s sabotage of the DNC was of no surprise to Sanders, but Brazile’s discovery made her wish she had run the other way when asked to lead the progressive organization.
“I told Bernie I had found Hillary’s Joint Fundraising Agreement,” she added. “I explained that the cancer was that she had exerted this control of the party long before she became its nominee. Had I known this, I never would have accepted the interim chair position, but here we were with only weeks before the election.”
The left reacts
Responses to Clinton’s alleged DNC takeover varied in nature.
Protecting himself from triggering any retaliation from the Clinton camp, DNC Chair Tony Perez attempted to skirt the issue when asked about his take on the former secretary of state’s latest scandal.
Without actually spelling it out that Clinton was guilty of Brazile’s allegations, Perez alluded to the DNC taking more of an aggressive approach moving forward to make sure no future candidates take advantage of the system.
"We have to make sure everything is fair and open, and everybody has a fair shake," Perez impressed.
Also not hitting the nail on the head when it came to addressing Clinton’s DNC takeover, DNC Spokesman Xochitl Hinojosa did not directly condemn the former first lady, but he did stress that his group would do all it could in the future to make sure the system will no longer be exploited by candidates.
“The DNC must remain neutral in the presidential primary process, and there shouldn’t even be a perception that the DNC is interfering in that process,” Hinojosa asserted, according to Fox News.
Unlike those still working under the DNC, Clinton’s longtime rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), was not too shy to express exactly how she felt after being asked if she thought the Democratic Primary was rigged.
“This is a real problem,” Warren told CNN. “What we’ve got to do, as Democrats, now is we’ve got to hold this party accountable.”
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