The Democratic establishment continues to offer up Bill and Hillary Clinton for sacrifice in what more and more looks like a party purging itself of its past so that it can plot its political future.
In an op-ed by former DNC official and CNN contributor Donna Brazile, who once served as an advisor on both of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and ran Vice President Al Gore’s unsuccessful 2000 presidential campaign, she claims she has “proof” that Hillary Clinton rigged last year’s Democratic presidential nomination to steal it from rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Brazile, who was also a one-time interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, also slammed former President Barack Obama and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for the DNC’s myriad of problems last year, saying both gave Hillary complete control of the party even before she won the nomination.
Brazile noted that while some were trying to figure out whether Clinton rigged the process to favor herself over Sanders and a former Democratic Maryland governor, she found out that the committee was in dire financial straits.
“When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign,” she said.
For the record, there is no evidence that Russians “hacked” DNC emails other than claims by DNC officials that it happened; the committee refused to allow the FBI to analyze its servers to determine if Russian cyber warriors had indeed gained access to them. Independent cyber-forensic analyses have determined that the Russian government was not actually involved, as The National Sentinel has reported. (Related: STORM: ‘Complete panic’ at DNC after Kim Dotcom says he was in on Seth Rich’s effort to get stolen docs to WikiLeaks.)
In any event, Brazile said that Wasserman Schultz, who chaired the DNC from May 2011 to July 2016, basically turned over control of the party and all its resources to the Clinton campaign in exchange for a monthly stipend to cover expenses.
“Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party — she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was,” Brazile wrote.
She said at one point she discovered a joint fundraising agreement “between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America.” At that point, she figured out that the DNC had been subjugated by the Clinton campaign almost a full year before Hillary actually got the nomination.
“The agreement — signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to [lawyer] Marc Elias — specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,” Brazile said.
“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,” she noted further.
Brazile then blamed Obama and Wasserman Schulz for leaving the DNC with no funds and heavily in debt, forcing the committee to rely on the Clinton campaign for a financial lifeline.
As a result, this created an atmosphere that greatly favored Clinton…over Democrat candidates, most notably Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to Brazile.
She said that Obama and Wasserman Schulz left the DNC “$24 million in debt,” and she said she believes that the latter refused to reduce overhead and costs in off-election years which further depleted funds.
“The party chair usually shrinks the staff between presidential election campaigns, but Debbie had chosen not to do that,” she wrote.
J. D. Heyes is the editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.