Wikileaks released thousands of emails on Friday that illustrated how the DNC coordinated with the Clinton campaign to defeat Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries and regularly coordinated with the media to discredit his campaign. These emails have sealed the fate of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who announced her resignation Sunday afternoon. Shortly after her announcement, the Clinton campaign announced that they will hire Debbie on as an "Honorary Chair of the Clinton Campaign" providing relief to those who were concerned that they would soon find Debbie standing in an unemployment line.
However, it is important to note that these revelations found in the emails not only show the untrustworthy behavior from a Chairwoman who was supposed to remain neutral, but these emails also show criminal activity. In addition to the coordination between the Clinton campaign and the DNC, the leaked documents show plans to reward big donors with federal appointments. If these emails are indeed authentic and are from DNC officials, then it shows that they violated at least two major laws preventing campaigns and party organizations from giving employment to any person in exchange for a political activity.
Wikileaks has so far released 20,000 new emails, and new details are still being discovered, but here is a running list of the most troublesome findings in the leak.
1.Anti-Semitic Targeting of Bernie Sanders
In email from the DNC's Chief Financial Officer, Brad Marshall, DNC officials conspire to raise the issue of Sanders' faith and question if he was an atheist. The email from Marshall reads " “It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."
2. Political Appointments for Clinton Campaign Donors
The donor spreadsheet is included in an email chain in which Jordan Kaplan, DNC’s national finance director, asks other officials to provide names of donors they want to propose for federal commissions.
“Last call for boards and commissions,” Kaplan wrote on April 20.
“If you have someone, send to [DNC finance chief of staff Scott] Comer – full name, city, state, email and phone number. Send as many as you want, just don’t know how many people will get to.”
The DNC list also includes David Trone. He’s the wine and beer retailer from Maryland who made national news earlier this year when he spent $13 million of his own money on an unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. House seat.
He has maxed out his donations to Clinton and has given $334,000 to the Democratic Hope Fund. He also gave the maximum $33,400 to the DNC in November.
Martin Elling is named in the document. He’s a senior partner at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He’s given maximum donations to the DNC as well as to the Clinton campaign. He has also contributed $10,000 to super PAC supporting Clinton.
3. Clinton Lawyer gives DNC strategy advice on Sanders
When the Sanders campaign alleged in late April that the Clinton campaign was improperly using its joint fundraising committee with the DNC to benefit itself, one of Clinton's lawyers offered some guidance on how to respond.
"My suggestion is that the DNC put out a statement saying that the accusations the Sanders campaign are not true," Elias said May 3 in response to an email about the issue sent by communications director Luis Miranda to other DNC stuff that copied Elias and another lawyer at his firm, Perkins Coie.
Elias continued: "The fact that CNN notes that you aren’t getting between the two campaigns is the problem. Here, Sanders is attacking the DNC and its current practice, its past practice with the POTUS and with Sec Kerry. Just as the RNC pushes back directly on Trump over 'rigged system', the DNC should push back DIRECTLY at Sanders and say that what he is saying is false and harmful the the Democratic party."
4. Avoid "Rigged" Narrative by Attacking Sanders Organization
On May 21, DNC national press secretary Mark Pautenbach suggested pushing a narrative that Sanders "never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess."
After detailing several arguments that could be made to push that narrative, Paustenbach concludes: "It's not a DNC conspiracy, it's because they never had their act together."
These email leaks show there was a coordinated effort from the DNC to defeat Bernie Sanders and hand Hillary Clinton the nomination. Further than that, it shows that the DNC had no interest in being a neutral arbiter in the process and would go as far as to break the law to secure donations and support for HRC and the rest of the Democratic Caucus. However, despite all of these troubling revelations this weekend, the worst has to be that Debbie Wasserman Schultz will avoid any slap on the wrist and will continue working for Democratic politics.
Schultz was appointed Chairwoman of the DNC 5 years ago and since then, she has pushed for more corporate control within the Democratic party than ever before. With Citizens United opening the flood gates for unlimited political donations from corporations, everyone feared people like the Koch brothers dumping huge amounts of money into campaigns to swing the nation to the right. However, it has been the Democrats who have been eating from the corporate trough and supporting policies like Pay Day Loan Scams and the corporate backed TPP.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz's appointment to "Honorary Chair of the Clinton Campaign" shows how influential these corporations are. There is no good political reason for Hillary to keep Debbie around except for the fact that corporations love her because of her willingness to bend to campaign donations. This helps keep Wall Street firmly in the Hillary camp and away from the RNC/Trump mess.
The election laws that Debbie and her staff at the DNC deliberately broke were put in place to stop a party's leadership from doing exactly what they did. Ordinary Americans do not have the ability to break these laws. We cannot give political appointments in exchange for millions of dollars. Only those in power can and if they are not enforced for Debbie and those who sent these emails, then these laws were put in place for symbolism alone. Debbie Wasserman Schultz proved that she is too big to jail.