Donna Brazile, the former Democratic National Committee chairperson, is alleging that Hillary Clinton‘s campaign took over the committee to give their candidate the advantage in the party’s presidential nomination race. Brazile’s upcoming book, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House, is suggesting that Clinton rigged the DNC for her campaign needs as far back as 2015.
Politico exclusively published an excerpt from Brazile’s book that points directly to the explosive claims. The excerpt zeroes specifically on when Brazile says she discovered a money trail that linked Clinton campaign manager Robert Mook to DNC CEO Amy Dacey, citing a signed agreement known as the Joint Fundraising Agreement. This agreement was between Hillary For America, the campaign arm, a separate entity, Hillary Victory Fund, and the DNC.
In essence, it appears that Brazile is leaning towards a thought that the DNC singled out Clinton as their preferred candidate thus sinking Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ efforts.
More from Politico:
Right around the time of the convention, the leaked emails revealed Hillary’s campaign was grabbing money from the state parties for its own purposes, leaving the states with very little to support down-ballot races. A Politico story published on May 2, 2016, described the big fund-raising vehicle she had launched through the states the summer before, quoting a vow she had made to rebuild “the party from the ground up … when our state parties are strong, we win. That’s what will happen.”
Yet the states kept less than half of 1 percent of the $82 million they had amassed from the extravagant fund-raisers Hillary’s campaign was holding, just as Gary had described to me when he and I talked in August. When the Politico story described this arrangement as “essentially … money laundering” for the Clinton campaign, Hillary’s people were outraged at being accused of doing something shady. Bernie’s people were angry for their own reasons, saying this was part of a calculated strategy to throw the nomination to Hillary.
I wanted to believe Hillary, who made campaign finance reform part of her platform, but I had made this pledge to Bernie and did not want to disappoint him. I kept asking the party lawyers and the DNC staff to show me the agreements that the party had made for sharing the money they raised, but there was a lot of shuffling of feet and looking the other way.
Brazile, a former CNN contributor, was ousted from the network after admitting she funneled debate questions to Clinton’s team during the Democratic Primary races. It was widely and incorrectly reported she leaked questions to Clinton during the presidential debates.
Read the entire excerpt at Politico.