Clinton Campaign May Have Violated Campaign Finance Laws and Rigged Election against Bernie Sanders

By Joshua Philipp, The Epoch Times
November 3, 2017 Updated: November 11, 2017

Donna Brazile, former acting Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair and CNN contributor, reports that Hillary Clinton secretly gained control of the DNC, struck a deal to rig the primary elections against Bernie Sanders, and possibly violated campaign finance laws.

Politico published on Nov. 2 an excerpt from Brazile’s upcoming book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” which laid out the claims.

She explains that former President Barack Obama had bankrupted the DNC, leaving it $24 million in debt, and that Clinton took over the DNC in August 2015 by agreeing to pay off close to 80 percent of its debt through her Hillary Victory Fund.

Clinton’s bailout of the DNC came with strings attached. Brazile writes, “In exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,” as well as staffing decisions.

Even before Clinton was the DNC’s nominee, she says, the committee was “fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign” and Clinton used it as a “fundraising clearinghouse.”

Brazile explains that Clinton may have violated campaign finance laws and hidden this through possible money laundering.

In exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.
— From the book ‘Hacks’ by Donna Brazile, former acting chair, DNC

Under Federal Election Commission (FEC) law, she notes, individuals can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign, with some exceptions.

Hillary got around this, Brazile says, since “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.”

Brazile writes, “Hillary’s campaign was grabbing money from the state parties for its own purposes, leaving the states with very little to support down-ballot races”—an arrangement that she notes Politico described in a May article as “essentially … money laundering.”

Brazile says the victory fund “was supposed to be for whoever was the nominee, and the state party races,” and outlines a conversation she had with Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Clinton’s campaign, in which she asked him, “You’re telling me that Hillary has been controlling it since before she got the nomination?”

Gensler explained that the deal had been made between Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and former DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Brazile says.

Part of this deal, she says, was a victory fund agreement between the DNC and the Hillary Victory Fund, which was signed in August 2015, four months after Clinton announced her candidacy.

This agreement, she explains, meant that the DNC had rigged the campaign against Bernie Sanders. She also says that she alerted Sanders to the deal.

Sanders’s supporters donated nearly $228 million to his campaign, but the DNC had brokered an agreement with Clinton before the primaries even began.

In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump wrote, “This is real collusion and dishonesty. Major violation of Campaign Finance Laws and Money Laundering—where is our Justice Department?”

“At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”

Trump also pointed to other pieces of the growing list of scandals committed by the Clintons and the DNC, including the Uranium One deal with Russia, the Podesta brothers’ ties to Russia, and to Hillary Clinton’s destruction of emails from her private server.

Apart from the latest DNC scandal, Clinton and the DNC are facing charges that they violated campaign finance laws.

The Washington Post reported on Oct. 24 that the DNC and Hillary for America had financed the discredited dossier from Fusion GPS that was used to help manufacture the Trump–Russia conspiracy.

The Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on election laws, filed an FEC complaint against the DNC and the Clinton campaign on Oct. 25. “They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law,” wrote the center, in a statement.

Clinton initially denied knowledge that her team had paid close to $9 million to finance the dossier, but the latest information from Brazile calls that claim into question.

Brazile says that Clinton held such tight control over the DNC that even writing a press release required review from the Clinton office, and also explains that Clinton was in control of the DNC’s strategy, donations, and finances.

Brazile’s remarkable allegations have been met with silence in some quarters. Although the article was published at 5 a.m. on Nov. 2, major news networks ABC, CBS, and NBC chose not to cover it on their evening newscasts.

Current DNC Chair Tom Perez, when asked on CNBC about the allegations that Clinton rigged the 2016 Democratic presidential contest, chose not to comment, saying, “We’re moving forward.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference: “My focus is on the next election. I don’t have a spare second to be thinking about comments that went on within the DNC.”