During the 2016 election Wikileaks changed the game after an alleged hack of the DNC headquarters. Allegations that the DNC was unfairly favoring the Clinton campaign began to swirl. Although it was primarily speculation, the head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, was forced to resign.
With just months before the 2016 Presidential election, the DNC turned to Donna Brazile to serve as interim chairperson. Brazile had previously been Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000, and briefly served as interim chairperson in 2011. She had made headlines for her efforts to leak CNN debate questions to the Clinton campaign, but is back in the news for doing the opposite.
Donna Brazile has now released a shocking piece proving just how corrupt the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign actually were during the 2016 election.
She explains that after the 2012 re-election campaign for President Obama, the Democrat Party was $24 million in debt. Additionally, because of the payback plan, the DNC was still $2 million in debt in August 2016. Gary Gensler the Chief financial officer of Hillary’s campaign, explained “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.” Debbie Wasserman-Schultz had apparently ignored DNC rules and withheld this information from the DNC officers. Clinton’s fundraising arm had essentially funneled money from state parties, through the DNC, and then up to her personal campaign.
Campaign’s typically take control of the DNC once they are the party’s nominee, but that was not the case in 2016. While on the phone with Gensler, Brazile
exclaimed “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?” Gensler told her that this was the only way to sustain the DNC during the election. Although Politico discovered this scheme, and called it “essentially… money laundering,” the Clinton campaign and the DNC scoffed at the accusations.
Brazile claims that when she began digging into this she was stonewalled. Her predecessor and the DNC lawyers were clearly trying to hide something. She finally was able to find the original agreement between the DNC, Hillary for America, and the Hillary Victory Fund. It stated:
in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.
Although the DNC always turns over their infrastructure to a candidate, it is only when they’ve secured the nomination. In 2000, Brazile says that the Gore campaign didn’t take over until 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.”
Donna then had the task of discussing her findings with Bernie Sanders. Up until this point, his supporters had claimed he was cheated by Clinton and the DNC, but they didn’t have real proof. Now they do.
She told Sanders about what she discovered, but told him she didn’t believe Clinton would beat Trump easily like the polls suggested. Brazile “urged Bernie to work as hard as he could to bring his supporters into the fold with Hillary, and to campaign with all the heart and hope he could muster.”
Brazile and Sanders agreed to stay quiet. They knew it was the only way to help Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump. They knew it was the only way to help the Democrat party. But did they not realize that this lack of transparency is exactly how they got into this position.
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