In a stunning essay for Politico this morning, former head of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile has let loose on Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign, accusing them of an “unethical” fundraising arrangement, as well as rigging the nomination process in favor of herself and against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). And there’s more.
Brazile’s essay paints a portrait of the Democratic party in complete disarray—left bankrupt and in heavy debt by Obama, their systems breached by Russian hackers and their emails stolen and publicized, and mismanaged at every step of the way by her predecessor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Perhaps the most interesting part is where Brazile describes a legal, but highly unethical method of fundraising on the part of Secretary Clinton (who has so often positioned herself as a champion of campaign finance reform):
“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 DNC. The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to Brooklyn.
“‘Wait,’ I said. “That victory fund was supposed to be for whoever was the nominee, and the state party races. You’re telling me that Hillary has been controlling it since before she got the nomination?'”
Brazile makes no mention of any less-than-stellar conduct on her own part, of course, but her piece remains an interesting look into the lefty portions of the Washington swamp.
The full essay can be read here.