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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Donna Brazile, an erstwhile Hillary ally, served as acting DNC chair from July 2016 to February 2017, succeeded by Tom Perez.

On November 2, her Politico op-ed headlined “Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC,” saying:

When assuming her post, she promised Bernie Sanders after the Dem convention she’d “get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process” as leaked emails suggested.

Obama’s “neglect” left the party significantly in debt. Hillary “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,” said Brazile.

Chief financial officer of Hillary’s campaign Gary Gensler told Brazile the party was broke and indebted. She knew nothing about it, said she was told everything was fine. It wasn’t.

“Obama left the party $24 million in debt – $15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million…to vendors after the 2012 campaign.”

It was supposed to be paid off by 2016. Hillary’s campaign took care of 80% of it, placed the party “on an allowance,” and took control.

Brazile knew nothing about it. According to Gensler, Hillary’s campaign assumed control and ran things, serving her interests at Sanders’ expense.

A Victory Fund was established “for whoever was the nominee, and the state party races,” said Brazile. Hillary secretly controlled it before being nominated, a highly unethical act.

Brazile was “livid” to learn what she wasn’t told until Gensler explained. “It would be weeks before I would fully understand the financial shenanigans that were keeping the party on life support,” she said.

In summer 2016, leaked Hillary emails revealed she “was grabbing money from the state parties for (her) own” use.

DNC fund-raising was a “money laundering” scheme for her campaign, shutting out Bernie Sanders, rigging things for her to win.

Campaign finance reform in her platform was subterfuge. A secret deal was arranged, “specif(ying) that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, (she’d) control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,” Brazile explained, adding:

“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.”

When Republicans or undemocratic Dems choose a nominee, it’s customary for the candidate’s team “to exercise more control over” party policies – not before a nomination is won, except when an incumbent runs for reelection.

Hillary’s secret deal was arranged nearly a year before becoming party nominee, one of many examples of her underhanded way of operating – she and husband Bill cut from the same dirty cloth.

Brazile said she sought “any other evidence of internal corruption that would show that the DNC was rigging the system to throw the primary to Hillary…”

She found none until uncovering the secret agreement, putting her campaign in charge of DNC finances before being nominated – an underhanded dirty trick, Brazile saying:

“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” – a highly unethical act, typical of how the Clinton crime family operates.

Both belong in prison doing hard time, not enjoying super-wealth they amassed by dishonorable means.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.