Donna Brazile, who temporarily took over Debbie Wasserman’s Schultz’s position as DNC chair after her ouster over allegations of corruption, has finally broken her silence about the state of the DNC leading up to the election last year.
Brazile wrote her account of what happened for Politico Magazine, detailing her investigations of the DNC’s operations over accusations that Hillary Clinton had taken effective control of the entire party apparatus, essentially rigging the entire convention for herself.
It turns out that the DNC was in a dire situation last year, far worse than they led their own supporters to believe. Thanks to the negligence of Barack Obama and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC was millions of dollars in debt, and ended up enslaved to the Clinton campaign.
Brazile had promised Bernie Sanders to look into the suspicion that the DNC was rigged for Hillary right from the start. After the convention, which Hillary had won easily (how difficult is it to lose a rigged election?), Brazile wanted to find out if indeed the DNC was set up for Hillary’s pleasure.
Her investigation found the DNC in a terrible situation, one which some suspected, but few were actually knowledgeable about. According to Brazile’s account, the DNC was severely in debt thanks to Obama’s campaign in 2012, and DWS’s leadership model. And it was because of how the DNC was run that the Clinton campaign was basically allowed, if not even invited, to take control of the entire apparatus.
Obama left the party $24 million in debt—$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign and had been paying that off very slowly. Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016.
DWS was not a major fundraiser for the DNC. She also did not make large cuts in staffing after Obama’s 2012 campaign. The combination of not much fundraising along with bloated employee costs caused the DNC to go into a spiral of debt.
Along came the Clinton machine with their fundraising expertise, just in time to save the day … for themselves, that is.
As Hillary’s campaign gained momentum, she resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet. It had become dependent on her campaign for survival, for which she expected to wield control of its operations.
As the Clinton campaign took care of the DNC’s debts, it also took control over most of the operations. Brazile had mentioned that she couldn’t even send out a press release without running it by the Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. And DWS let it happen as if nothing was wrong.
Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was. How much control Brooklyn had and for how long was still something I had been trying to uncover for the last few weeks.
When Brazile took the interim role of DNC chair, she called Gary Gensler, CFO of Hillary’s campaign. He informed her that the DNC was still $2 million in debt. Brazile was incredulous.
“What?” I screamed. “I am an officer of the party and they’ve been telling us everything is fine and they were raising money with no problems” […]
“Gary, how did they do this without me knowing?” I asked. “I don’t know how Debbie relates to the officers,” Gary said. He described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp. The campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearing house.
DWS had hidden just how bad the situation was from everyone. She had dug a pit for herself and the rest of the DNC, with the Clinton campaign being the only hope for staying afloat.
All of this had taken place long before the convention, in August of 2015 to be exact. Brazile found a document titled the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America. She had not been able to find any solid evidence of collusion before this, but that agreement was the binding tie: Hillary Clinton rigged the DNC for herself.
The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—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. 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.
The DNC is not supposed to have any partiality between candidates, but when one pulls the financial strings, it’s no wonder that the convention went that candidate’s way. It was a crisis that Hillary Clinton saw and took advantage of, just like she would have in any crisis situation were she to have become President (though with much more devastating consequences for American liberty).
Towards the end of her account, Brazile made a stunning admission about the polls leading up the to election as well. Most of you probably remember seeing constant polls saying that Hillary Clinton easily had it all wrapped up. Who could forget this estimate from the Huffington Post?
In the days leading up to election day, Brazile did not believe the polls.
I had to be frank with him. 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.
Not even the DNC chair herself believed the polls. Does that show how awful their candidate was, or what?
The fact of the matter here is this: Hillary Clinton rigged the DNC in her favor, and her haughtiness ended up being her downfall. She took control of it all, and lost in epic fashion.
As the old saying goes, pride comes before the fall. And in the fall of 2016, Hillary Clinton fell hard.