Leading Democratic operative Donna Brazile revealed on Thursday that the Democratic Party National Committee set up a fundraising agreement, effectively rigging the nomination procedure for its former Democratic nominee and front-runner Hillary Clinton.
After Brazile served as interim DNC chair throughout the 2016 election, she discovered that Clinton’s campaign signed an arrangement, only after Clinton declared her candidacy in 2015, giving her control of “the party’s finances, plan, and all the money raised.”
Former President Barack Obama, Brazile advised Politico, abandoned the DNC with $24 million in debt and Clinton cared for 80 percent of that. In exchange for her investment, the DNC gave Clinton greater control of the party’s operations, such as closing decisions on employees.
Brazile noted the way the arrangement appeared to offer a motive for why she needed to run media releases by Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
“The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical. 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. This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.”
“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,” Clinton said.
Schultz maintained Brazile and others in the dark about the DNC’s debt as she had done with other issues.