Donna Brazile: DNC Was Under Full Control of Clinton Campaign

In an excerpt from her new book, “Hacks,” former interim DNC chair Donna Brazile revealed that the Democratic National Committee was under the full control of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary, with the Clinton campaign controlling all finances, communication and staff.

The revelations are further confirmation that the Democratic primary election was rigged by the Clinton campaign, and that the various primary contests — the primary elections and caucuses, which are funded by taxpayers — were held only to fool Democrat voters into thinking they were choosing the nominee.

In the excerpt, which was published in Politico Thursday morning, Brazile said she was shocked to learn, upon coming on as the interim chair of the DNC after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced out, that the DNC was $24 million in debt after President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, and that it had taken out a $2 million loan.

But it was more than this.

The Hillary Clinton campaign, based in Brooklyn, New York, had taken over control of the DNC, and 99 percent of the money raised in the states through the victory campaign was funneled through the DNC to the Clinton campaign. Clinton's campaign had also taken over operational control of the Democratic party, Brazile says, to the extent that press releases could not be sent out from Washington, D.C., but had to first go to Brooklyn for approval.

Brazile found out why when she finally laid her hands on the joint fundraising agreement among the DNC, the Hillary for America campaign, and the Hillary Victory Fund.

"The agreement — signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and [Clinton campaign manager] Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias [general counsel of the Clinton campaign] — 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," she wrote. "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."

Brazile had taken over from Wasserman Schultz as head of the party after the scandal that ensued after leaked DNC emails proved what the Bernie Sanders campaign had alleged — that the party had been working for Hillary Clinton all along, while publicly pledging to remain neutral in the Democratic primary.

"I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton's team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested," Brazile writes. "I'd had my suspicions from the moment I walked in the door of the DNC a month or so earlier, based on the leaked emails. But who knew if some of them might have been forged? I needed to have solid proof, and so did Bernie."

In the excerpt, Brazile describes making a phone call to Sanders, the longtime socialist senator from Vermont, who'd changed his party registration to Democrat to run for the Democratic nomination. He was initially derided by the media as a long-shot candidate but became a sensation, filling large venues at rallies across the country, while Hillary Clinton struggled to attract far smaller crowds.

"I was in agony as I dialed him," Brazile wrote of the September 7 phone call. "Keeping this secret was against everything that I stood for, all that I valued as a woman and as a public servant. 'Hello, senator. I've completed my review of the DNC and I did find the cancer,' I said. 'But I will not kill the patient.'"

"Bernie took this stoically," she wrote. He didn't yell or protest, she said. He just asked her what her honest assessment of the race was. Would Hillary Clinton win?

"I had to be frank with him," said Brazile. "I did not trust the polls, I said. I told him I had visited states around the country and I found a lack of enthusiasm for her everywhere. I was concerned about the Obama coalition and about millennials. I urged Bernie to work as hard as he could to bring his supporters into the fold with Hillary, and to campaign with all the heart and hope he could muster."

Brazile's book, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House," is to be released on November 7.

(photo credit, homepage images: Donna Brazile, Cut Out,CC BY-SA 4.0, by Tim Pierce)

Last Modified: November 2, 2017, 1:34 pm

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