Former DNC chair reveals Clinton controlled party finances before winning nomination

Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile

"This victory fund agreement, however, had been signed.just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and almost a year before she officially had the nomination". Brazile, the interim chairperson for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at the time, claims in an excerpt from her upcoming published by Politico Thursday that Clinton's campaign "rigged" the 2016 primary against Bernie Sanders, her Democratic opponent.

"To see that the Hillary Clinton campaign was funding the DNC and in return demanded total control of the DNC before she was the nominee, shows how truly broken the DNC was", Mrs. McDaniel said on Fox News, referring to the Democratic National Committee.

"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", Brazile wrote. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.

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

Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund-that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states' parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement-$320,000-and $33,400 to the D.N.C. 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. On the one hand, it did seem to many people-both Sanders supporters and outside observers-like the DNC clearly favored Clinton in the primary, and Brazile is citing a specific document to make her claim about that having been true.

"Wait", I said. "That victory fund was supposed to be for whoever was the nominee, and the state party races".

"By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart", she writes.

A DNC representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Jezebel. But much of the money was ultimately routed back to Clinton, Brazile writes, describing a conversation with Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Hillary's campaign. She worked for Bill Clinton, ran Al Gore's campaign, and was forced out of her job as a CNN pundit in 2016 after getting caught leaking debate questions to Hillary Clinton's staff. The arrangement was made to financially help the party, which was in significant debt following the 2012 reelection campaign of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump picks interim replacement to lead IRS Trump has spent.75 million on White House redecorations Colbert compares Trump to "a insane old guy yelling on his front lawn" MORE, she added.

You can read Brazile's entire recounting of the agreement here.

Brazile went department to department, she wrote, searching for evidence that the DNC was in fact rigging the system to throw the primary to Clinton.

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