Former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile is set to release a tell-all account of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s alleged control over the DNC, which allowed her to rig the primary contest against upstart challenger Bernie Sanders.
In excerpts from “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House” that were published by Politico, Brazile exposed what many had suspected: that Clinton used her considerable clout and cash to muscle her way into a de facto leadership position of a broke and mismanaged DNC.
“My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama’s neglect had left the party in significant debt,” she writes. “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.”
Brazile accused her predecessor of keeping other party officers in the dark about the DNC’s financial plight until it was discovered that the Clinton campaign had paid off 80 percent of its remaining obligations.
“[Clinton campaign CFO Gary Gensler] described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp,” Brazile continued. “The campaign had 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.”
The agreement, which was tendered between former DNC CEO Amy Dacey and Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, essentially handed full control over all crucial party decision to the Clinton campaign.
“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,” Brazile wrote. “The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.”
While it is customary for the winner of the primary to begin exerting more control over the DNC in the run up to the general election, Clinton’s power play – which took place a full year before she won the nomination – is unprecedented.