Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Craven insiders -- not joint fundraising agreements -- are what's destroying the party.
By Osita Nwanevu
Brazile's allegations have roiled Democratic circles since Thursday, when Politico published an excerpt of the book detailing Brazile's discovery of a joint fundraising agreement between the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign that she says granted Clinton effective control of the party a year before she actually won the nomination.
Brazile calls that agreement a "cancer" and claims that her conversation about it with Bernie Sanders, whose supporters have long accused the DNC of tilting the primary in Clinton's favor, left her in tears.
"When I hung up the call to Bernie, I started to cry, not out of guilt, but out of anger. We would go forward. We had to."
Brazile's melodramatics cast a purposeful haze over a few important details.
She writes that she learned about the post-2012 debts that motivated the DNC's agreement with the Clinton campaign after becoming interim chair in 2016.
In fact, the DNC's financial woes were widely reported in the years after the 2012 election.
The murky specifics she describes of the joint committee's fundraising arrangements -- 99 percent of gathered funds, which should have been split between the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and state parties, were only shared between the campaign and the DNC -- would not have been news to the Sanders campaign.
Their lawyer, Brad Deutsch, sent a pointed open letter accusing the joint committee of violating campaign finance law in April 2016. That, too, was reported on.
But it is both obvious and unstated in Brazile's excerpt that Hillary Clinton -- long the party's presumptive front-runner, either the first or second-most important figure in the party's establishment for at least a decade -- would have exerted an incalculable degree of influence on the DNC, even if an agreement formalizing her power had never been signed.
Brazile's own actions during the campaign are evidence of this. She claims in her book that her sleuthing failed to uncover "any other evidence of internal corruption that would show that the DNC was rigging the system to throw the primary to Hillary."
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