November 2, 2017
On November 2, Donna Brazile published an excerpt from her upcoming book, “Hacks,” in Politico. In the passage, Brazile outlines how she first discovered the joint fundraising agreement between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC that created the Hillary Victory Fund. The agreement is the most overt evidence that the DNC rigged the 2016 Democratic Primaries for Hillary Clinton. Essentially, Brazile claims that the fund was used to launder money to the Clinton Campaign, and in exchange the DNC received help in clearing out its debt. The catch was that former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the entire apparatus of the DNC was at the control of the Clinton Campaign, serving as an extension of it under the false pretense of neutrality.
“Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund—that figure represented $10,000 to each of the thirty-two states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement—$320,000—and $33,400 to the DNC,” Brazile writes. “The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to Brooklyn.”
This news made it clear why Brazile had to have press releases approved by the Clinton Campaign in Brooklyn before they were sent out. Rather than place much too blame on the Clinton Campaign, Brazile explains that Debbie Wasserman Schultz ran the DNC into the ground, overpaying a large staff, vendors, and consultants while accomplishing little through fundraising.
Brazile cites the existence of a document signed by the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary For America that outlined the arrangement, signed by Attorney Marc Elias who has represented the DNC and Clinton Campaign. “In exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,” Brazile writes. “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.” This agreement was signed in August 2015, long before a single person voted in the primaries, but secured that Clinton would be the Democratic Presidential Nominee.
Brazile, in an attempt to improve her own public image with Sanders Supporters in the wake of the Wikileaks revelations that she tipped off the Clinton Campaign to CNN debate questions, explained that she brought the agreement to the attention of Bernie Sanders personally after the primaries ended. Brazile wrote, “I told Bernie I had found Hillary’s Joint Fundraising Agreement. 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 passage doesn’t explain the debate question debacle, nor mention that in interviews before the primaries, Brazile placed her loyalty to Clinton over neutrality. Brazile told the Washington Post in 2014: “Technically, I’m neutral, but neutrality is something that gets you in trouble because, you ever notice someone who stands on the white line in the middle of the road? They get run over. And I don’t want to get run over. So I’m not neutral. I have to tell people that I’m neutral, but I’m ready for Hillary.”
Nevertheless, the revelation Brazile exposed in this excerpt provides further proof and vindication for Bernie Sanders supporters that the DNC was working on behalf of the Clinton Campaign. New DNC Chair Tom Perez, former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the rest of the Democratic Party that was complacent in this coronation of Clinton will have to further reconcile and apologize for this agreement that disenfranchised millions of voters who supported Sanders.