Former Democrat chairwoman Donna Brazile accuses Clinton campaign of 'unethically' hijacking party

Geneva Matthews
November 3, 2017

Donna Brazile, a former Democratic National Committee interim chair, has claimed that the party organisation helped Hillary Clinton's campaign "rig" the 2016 Democratic primary against Bernie Sanders.

Brazile said Clinton's campaign not only had financial control of the National Democratic Party, but then started raiding state parties, leaving little funds to support Democrats in down-ballot races, said the Politico except of "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House". Brazile explains how she promised to investigate whether or not Hillary Clinton's people "rigged the nomination process". In exchange for the paying down of the DNC's debt, Clinton's campaign was given control of the "party's finances, strategy, and all the money raised", Brazile wrote.

According to Brazile, the DNC was swimming in $24 million worth of debt left from former President Barack Obama's campaign in 2012.

"The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal", Brazile wrote, "but it sure looked unethical".

Ethically speaking, Brazile noted, one campaign should not have control of the party before the voters decided on a nominee.

She said that when Perez won the party post early this year, "the very first conversation I had with him [was] to say, you have got to put together a Democratic Party in which everybody can have confidence that the party is working for Democrats, rather than Democrats are working for the party".

Following Debbie Wasserman Schultz's July resignation ahead of the 2016 national convention, Brazile stepped in to helm the Democratic Party.

The excerpt acknowledges that both candidates signed fundraising agreements with the party, but indicates that Clinton's was different (Sanders also signed in 2015).

I had been wondering why it was that I couldn't write a press release without passing it by Brooklyn.

Jeff Weaver, who served as Sanders' campaign manger, said Thursday Brazile's book "confirms what many understood to be the case".

In the excerpt, Brazile describes making a phone call to Sanders, the long-time socialist senator from Vermont, who changed his party registration to Democrat to run for the Democratic nomination. She now calls this "a mistake I will forever regret". Brazile, who would really like to retain her standing in the party, has knifed Team Hillary, and has demonstrated that she can be useful to the new leaders of the Democrats.

"Either he's going to succeed by bringing Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders' representatives into this process and they're gonna say it's fair, it works, we all believe it, or he's gonna fail".

"We're moving forward", Perez said.

She says Wasserman Schultz ignored her board of directors, including on the bombshell development that Russian Federation hacked the DNC's emails.

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