Streetwise Professor

November 2, 2017

Donna Brazile Unloads on Hillary, and Gives SWP a Target Rich Environment!

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 7:16 pm

Donna Brazile–a long time Democratic operative and DNC official–has a book coming out. And the excerpt in Politico is damning of the erstwhile leaders of the Democratic Party.

To me the most interesting reveal is that the Lightworker left the Democratic Party’s finances is an utter, absolute shambles:

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. Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance.

This fits with my image of Obama as Mr. Magoo, who cheerily drove along, always coming out ahead, while leaving carnage in his wake. We already knew about how Democratic officeholders at the state, local, and Congressional levels were scourged during the Obama administration: now we know he did the same to the Democratic Party’s finances.

This, in turn, left the DNC vulnerable to the Clinton mafia, who basically extended juice loans to the DNC. In return for financing the party to allow it to exist, Hillary’s campaign demanded, and received, control over its finances, and most of its key personnel choices. Hillary used this arrangement to launder campaign contributions in a way that clearly was intended to circumvent federal limits on donations to individual campaigns.

Oh, and “launder” isn’t my word choice: it’s Politico’s. Here’s how Brazile explains it:

“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 clearinghouse. Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party’s national committee.

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 [i.e., Clinton campaign headquarters].

“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?”

Gary said the campaign had to do it or the party would collapse.

“That was the deal that Robby struck with Debbie,” he explained, referring to campaign manager Robby Mook. “It was to sustain the DNC. We sent the party nearly $20 million from September until the convention, and more to prepare for the election.”

The states’ take for being the front for this fundraising scheme? “Yet the states kept less than half of 1 percent of the $82 million they had amassed from the extravagant fund-raisers Hillary’s campaign was holding, just as Gary had described to me when he and I talked in August.” One percent? Credit card companies collect more for processing payments.

Brazile claims that this was not illegal, merely unethical. I have no doubt that it was unethical. The legality is hardly obvious, given that it effectively allowed the Clinton campaign to blow through the $2,700 limit on individual contributions to campaigns. Blow through by a factor of 13. That’s all. No big deal, right?

Hillary, you might recall, claimed to be a stalwart supporter of campaign finance reform. But here she was playing a shell game that made a travesty of existing contribution limits.

And who is this “Gary”, you ask?

GiGi! That’s right. The Gary is none other than Gary Gensler. The Saint of the CFTC. Crusader for financial probity. Yet he was neck deep in a scheme that not only was a mockery of the campaign finance system, but which also effectively made the DNC the adjunct of the Clinton campaign during the primary season, when it was supposed to be non-partisan.

Ah, what ambition does to a man’s morals, eh there, Gar? Appalling. It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . .  but for the Secretary of the Treasury?

Brazile seems to cut Gensler some slack. After all, he didn’t negotiate the deal. He just counted the beans.

Like Al Capone’s accountant.

There’s one other terribly revealing thing about all this. No, not that Hillary is a grotesquely unethical and manipulative woman: that’s hardly news. What’s eye opening is that she was so insecure that she felt that she had to rig the Democratic primaries by suborning the DNC, and making it her creature.

Yet the woman who was so nervous about winning her own party’s nomination wants us to believe that the only way she wasn’t anointed as president must have been the nefarious doings of the likes of the Russians and Jim Comey.

And now that I mention the Russians, consider this. An alternative explanation for the release of the DNC emails is that it was the work of a disenchanted Bernie Bro, not a Russian hacker. I always thought this was plausible, and none other than stalwart Democratic operative Donna Brazile makes it eminently clear that Bernie supporters working in the DNC would have had every reason to be outraged, because their guy was getting shafted the way only the Clintons can.

So by going after Hillary, Donna Brazile has created a target rich environment for the likes of me. Not just Hillary, but Obama, Gary Gensler, and the Russians hacked the DNC conventional wisdom. And that was just an excerpt. I can hardly imagine what the whole book will bring.

I never thought I’d say this, but here it goes: Thanks, Donna!

 

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  1. Read it this morning and laughed multiple times this today. It has to be even worse if the typically loyal Donna Brazile feels the need to squeal. Hollywood melting down, the DNC in shambles, the NFL and ESPN self-destructing, and on and on. Trump has turned the place upside down.

    Comment by Howard Roark — November 2, 2017 @ 8:59 pm

  2. If you have Donna Brazile in your deadpool, the odds just got a lot better. I wonder how long she’s got on this planet.

    Comment by doc — November 2, 2017 @ 10:05 pm

  3. “I wonder how long she’s got on this planet”: how long, I wonder, before assassins cover their tracks by shouting Allahu Akbar?

    Comment by dearieme — November 3, 2017 @ 7:30 am

  4. @SWP…I thought of you when I read the mention of Gary Gensler in the excerpt. I also thought of the analysis of the ‘Russian hack’ by IT-security types who detailed that the hack had to be an inside job because no remote data transfer method is as fast as this one was; only direct access explains it.
    Brazille is very self-aggrandizing in these excerpts. She is surprised at the corruption, declares it wasn’t illegal, agonizes about telling Sanders…isn’t she wonderful? But what did she do at the time about anything? It’s not like she was an obscure clerk at the DNC.
    Here are a couple of random takes:
    >>Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an emotional phone call<>”When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.”<>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.<>I had to keep my promise to Bernie. I was in agony as I dialed him. Keeping this secret was against everything that I stood for, all that I valued as a woman and as a public servant.<>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.<>The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical<<[See, Hillary? I am not accusing you of anything illegal. What file name did Anthony Weiner give the folder with the emails? Life Insurance?]

    Along with all the joy you got at these revelations, did you hear the relentless self-serving?

    Comment by Richard Whitney — November 3, 2017 @ 9:48 am

  5. >>Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an emotional phone call<>”When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.”<>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.<>I had to keep my promise to Bernie. I was in agony as I dialed him. Keeping this secret was against everything that I stood for, all that I valued as a woman and as a public servant.<>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.<>The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical<<[See, Hillary? I am not accusing you of anything illegal. What file name did Anthony Weiner give the folder with the emails? Life Insurance?]

    Comment by Richard Whitney — November 3, 2017 @ 9:51 am

  6. @SWP…Most of my parenthetical comments after each quote get deleted in my takes on Brazille. Don’t know why, some kind of bug. Sorry about that.

    Comment by Richard Whitney — November 3, 2017 @ 9:53 am

  7. @Richard–it may be your use of “< " and ">“, which may be interpreted as html tags resulting in the deletion of some text.

    Yes, I did notice the self-serving Donna Saves the Day narrative.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 3, 2017 @ 10:17 am

  8. No question that Donna put this out to make sure there were no flies on Donna for “her” loss.

    And – in response to those wondering how long she’s got on this planet.

    Methinks she also put this out to avoid Arkancide.

    Comment by elmer — November 3, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

  9. “An alternative explanation for the release of the DNC emails is that it was the work of a disenchanted Bernie Bro, not a Russian hacker.”

    It is absolutely certain that it was leaked by a disgruntled staffer.

    Comment by Thomas Jefferson — November 3, 2017 @ 2:25 pm

  10. @TJ–That always seemed most likely to me. Note that this explanation and the existence of Russian hacking are not mutually exclusive, as too many people seem to think. One does not preclude the other.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 3, 2017 @ 10:46 pm

  11. I love that Gensler was involved. He might have been the worst CFTC chair in history.

    Comment by @pointsnfigures — November 4, 2017 @ 7:29 am

  12. @pointsnfigures–Might?

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 4, 2017 @ 11:54 am

  13. @pointsnfigures–One of the real tragedies regarding Gensler is that he was chair at a time when the CFTC’s importance was greatly magnified. Further, he played a major role in shaping Frankendodd, and in drafting the regulations it spawned. All this greatly leveraged his awfulness.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 4, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

  14. This from WaPost”

    “As one of her party’s most prominent black strategists, Brazile also recounts fiery disagreements with Clinton’s staffers — including a conference call in which she told three senior campaign officials, Charlie Baker, Marlon Marshall and Dennis Cheng, that she was being treated like a slave.

    “I’m not Patsey the slave,” Brazile recalls telling them, a reference to the character played by Lupita Nyong’o in the film, “12 Years a Slave.” “Y’all keep whipping me and whipping me and you never give me any money or any way to do my damn job. I am not going to be your whipping girl!”

    Hilarious, the DNC head claims being a slave while Joe “Hair Plugs” Biden is claiming the Republicans will “put (blacks) them back in chains”.

    Read it here,

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/brazile-i-considered-replacing-clinton-with-biden-as-2016-democratic-nominee/2017/11/04/f0b75418-bf4c-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html?utm_term=.1236a5df6147

    Comment by The Pilot — November 4, 2017 @ 2:36 pm

  15. @SWP…Thanks for the HTML tip. I am still learning DOS commands, so /dumb.

    Now, Brazille talks about how she considered replacing the ticket.So much for Dem voters, huh? And she says she felt like a slave. Aside from being a hideous remark on the face of it, how many slaves vacationed on Nantuckett? Brazille would have been considered smarter if she hadn’t said anything; now, doubt is removed.

    I didn’t see a method of editing my earlier post, so here it is, without the marker problem:

    “Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an emotional phone call” [Next, on Oprah: Donna Brazille’s favorite Gospel music]
    “When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.” [Read: I took this job as a naïve Swedish teenaged girl, and then I learned THE TRUTH!] [And did you see how I snuck the ‘Russian hack’ meme in here? Seth Rich? Who he?]

    “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.” [I was investigating HARD!]

    “I had to keep my promise to Bernie. I was in agony as I dialed him. Keeping this secret was against everything that I stood for, all that I valued as a woman and as a public servant.” [Huh?]
    “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.” [Find the progressive buzzword!]

    “The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical” [See, Hillary? I am not accusing you of anything illegal. What file name did Anthony Weiner give the folder with the emails? Life Insurance?]

    Comment by Richard Whitney — November 4, 2017 @ 7:21 pm

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