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Sun Apr 17, 2016, 12:59 PM

 

How Hillary Clinton bought the loyalty of 33 state democratic parties

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/how-hillary-clinton-bought-the-loyalty-of-33-state-democratic-parties/


Collusion between the Clinton campaign and the DNC allowed Hillary Clinton to buy the loyalty of 33 state Democratic parties last summer. Montana was one of those states. It sold itself for $64,100.

The Super Delegates now defying democracy with their insistent refusal to change their votes to Sanders in spite of a handful of overwhelming Clinton primary losses in their own states, were arguably part of that deal.

In August 2015, at the Democratic Party convention in Minneapolis, 33 democratic state parties made deals with the Hillary Clinton campaign and a joint fundraising entity called The Hillary Victory Fund. The deal allowed many of her core billionaire and inner circle individual donors to run the maximum amounts of money allowed through those state parties to the Hillary Victory Fund in New York and the DNC in Washington.

The idea was to increase how much one could personally donate to Hillary by taking advantage of the Supreme Court ruling 2014, McCutcheon v FEC, that knocked down a cap on aggregate limits as to how much a donor could give to a federal campaign in a year. It thus eliminated the ceiling on amounts spent by a single donor to a presidential candidate.

In other words, a single donor, by giving $10,000 a year to each signatory state could legally give an extra $330,000 a year for two years to the Hillary Victory Fund. For each donor, this raised their individual legal cap on the Presidential campaign to $660,000 if given in both 2015 and 2016. And to one million, three hundred and 20 thousand dollars if an equal amount were also donated in their spouse’s name.

From these large amounts of money being transferred from state coffers to the Hillary Victory Fund in Washington, the Clinton campaign got the first $2,700, the DNC was to get the next $33,400, and the remainder was to be split among the 33 signatory states. With this scheme, the Hillary Victory Fund raised over $26 million for the Clinton Campaign by the end of 2015.

The money was either transferred to the Hillary for America or Forward Hillary PACs and spent directly on the Hillary Clinton Campaign, often paying the salaries and expenses within those groups, or it was moved into the DNC or another Clinton PAC. Some of it was spent towards managing the Hillary merchandise store, where you can buy Hillary T shirts and hats and buttons.

The fund is administered by treasurer Elizabeth Jones, the Clinton Campaign’s chief operating officer. Ms. Jones has the exclusive right to decide when transfers of money to and from the Hillary Victory Fund would be made to the state parties.

One could reasonably infer that the tacit agreement between the signatories was that the state parties and the Hillary Clinton Campaign would act in unity and mutual support. And that the Super Delegates of these various partner states would either pledge loyalty to Clinton, or, at the least, not endorse Senator Sanders. Not only did Hillary’s multi-millionaire and billionaire supporters get to bypass individual campaign donation limits to state parties by using several state parties apparatus, but the Clinton campaign got the added bonus of buying that state’s Super Delegates with the promise of contributions to that Democratic organization’s re-election fund.

If a presidential campaign from either party can convince various state parties to partner with it in such a way as to route around any existing rules on personal donor limits and at the same time promise money to that state’s potential candidates, then the deal can be sold as a way of making large monetary promises to candidates and Super Delegates respectable.

The leadership of a very broke Montana Democratic Party decided in August of 2015 that this was a seductive deal they were willing to make. And by the end of that year scores of $10,000 donations came in from out of state.

Montana’s list of out of state donors to the state campaign reads like a Who’s Who of the Democratic financial elites. The names vary little from the list of high donors to the other 32 states that signed on to the Hillary Victory Fund.

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Reply How Hillary Clinton bought the loyalty of 33 state democratic parties (Original post)
Seeinghope Apr 2016 OP
dchill Apr 2016 #1
msongs Apr 2016 #2
2banon Apr 2016 #3
djean111 Apr 2016 #4
2banon Apr 2016 #5
Triana Apr 2016 #6
felix_numinous Apr 2016 #7
NuclearDem Apr 2016 #8
JoePhilly Apr 2016 #10
KoKo Apr 2016 #9
jwirr Apr 2016 #11
KoKo Apr 2016 #14
SidDithers Apr 2016 #12
boston bean Apr 2016 #13
AzDar Apr 2016 #15
silvershadow Apr 2016 #16

Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:01 PM

1. It all has such a fine aura of fairness. Isn't that just like a Clinton?

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Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:07 PM

2. only the fake democrats in the sanders crowd is unhappy to support downticket dems nt

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Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:12 PM

3. And that's how this vicious game is played..

 

this is how it's done, here in the "best democracy money can buy"

It's a private club, and we're not in it.



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Response to 2banon (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:17 PM

4. I am no longer going to play. n/t

 

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Response to djean111 (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:26 PM

5. en la lucha y el amor!

 

l'amour et de la lutte!

Love and Struggle!

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Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:36 PM

7. But we can't call this

trying to steal an election here, that would be off limits.

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Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:38 PM

8. Counterpunch: The land where Hillary Clinton commits bribery

 

but Vladimir Putin and Nicholas Maduro are elected freely and fairly.

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Response to NuclearDem (Reply #8)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:59 PM

10. + 100

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Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 01:59 PM

9. Thank You...Important info here...! They bought the Super Delegates.

While the MSM blathers on and on about the Repub Party's woes with possibly having a Brokered Convention, there's no mention of how Hillary bought the Dem Election.

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The Super Delegates now defying democracy with their insistent refusal to change their votes to Sanders in spite of a handful of overwhelming Clinton primary losses in their own states, were arguably part of that deal.


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Response to KoKo (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 02:05 PM

11. And another question: What are we going to do when we

reach our State Conventions? Are we going to raise this issue? Are they going to show this agreement in their treasury reports? Are they going to show us how much money they collected and how it was spent?

I will more than likely not be a delegate to my state convention. But just participating makes me feel dirty when I think of this deal.

Who is going to be brave enough to challenge them?

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Response to jwirr (Reply #11)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 03:58 PM

14. I think we Bernie Supporters will have to do it....

along with what exists of our Left Media and Election Reform Advocates. This is going to be a big issue soon if Bernie wins more states and other are lost by small margins.

What I think is positive is that Trump is pissed off about his voters counting at the Repub Convention if he has the totals needed to run for President and yet the Repub insiders are pushing Cruz and Kasich and a brokered convention because they don't want Trump. That's all the MSM talks about these days and yet even Trump has said: "Bernies voters should be counted."

We will have an angry electorate on both Dem & Repub sides who are going to demand change and not stop until they get it.

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Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 02:08 PM

12. Raising money for downticket Dems is bad...

I guess that's why Bernie doesn't do it.





Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #12)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 02:11 PM

13. Some people live in delusionland. There is no helping them.

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Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 05:40 PM

15. K & R

 

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Response to Seeinghope (Original post)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 05:56 PM

16. Our system is sick. nt

 

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