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Clinton Continues Bilking DNC As Party Blunders Into Midterms

- May 17, 2018

Clinton’s First Post-2016 DNC Fundraiser Comes Only After The DNC Struggled To Pay The Money Owed To Her Political Group

 


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Tonight, Hillary Clinton will headline her first fundraiser for the DNC since the 2016 election.
  • Her attendance at the event comes after Clinton’s group, Onward Together, charged the DNC $1.65 million for access to her organization’s email list and other resources, a move that has outraged party officials given the DNC’s already deep debt and financial woes.
    • Curiously, Clinton did not hold a fundraiser for the DNC until after the DNC’s financial problems forced the group to delay payments to Onward Together.
  • Clinton’s bilking of the DNC comes after she had previously complained she inherited “nothing” from the “bankrupt” Democratic National Committee that had a “nonexistent” data operation.
  • Clinton’s reemergence highlights the Democrat’s continued division between the Bernie-wing and the Establishment, with Clinton recently lamenting that being a capitalist probably hurt her in the primary because so many Democrats are socialists and Bill Clinton reportedly giving Tom Perez “explicit instructions” to not allow Bernie Sanders supporters to take control of the party.
  • Down the ballot, the lingering division among moderate and progressive Democrats from the 2016 presidential contest has continued to fester in this cycle’s Democratic primaries, causing party insiders concern about the fate of Democratic candidates in the general election.
  • The DCCC has faced accusations they are pushing progressives out of primary races and giving establishment candidates an unfair advantage.
    • House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) attempted to strong-arm progressive candidate Levi Tillemann in Colorado to pull out of the House race.
    • Hoyer also tried to play election matchmaker in Florida to help clear the Democratic primary field for Florida’s 27th congressional district.
    • The DCCC released opposition research against progressive candidate Laura Moser, arguing she was unelectable.

 


Today, Hillary Clinton Is Headlining A Fundraiser For The DNC

Today, May 17, 2018, Hillary Clinton Is Headlining The DNC’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum Conference. (“The 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum Conference,” Democratic National Committee, Accessed 5/15/18)

  • The Cost To Attend The Forum Ranges From $25 To $50,000. (“The 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum Conference,” Democratic National Committee, Accessed 5/15/18)

This Event Is Clinton’s First Fundraiser With The DNC Since The 2016 Presidential Election. “The event will mark Clinton's first fundraiser for the DNC since the 2016 campaign, as Republicans continue to run campaign ads against her and some Democrats still question whether her active presence in the party is a helpful one.” (Ruby Cramer, “Hillary Clinton Will Headline A Major DNC Fundraiser,” Buzzfeed, 4/13/18)

IN THE MIDST OF FINANCIAL WOES, THE DNC JUST PAID HILLARY CLINTON’S ORGANIZATION $1.65 MILLION

Under The Leadership Of Chairman Tom Perez, The DNC’s Fundraising Has Faltered

DNC Chair Tom Perez Is “Really Miserable In The Job” And “Hates The Fundraising.” “‘Tom is just really miserable in the job, which is part of why it’s not going well,’ said one Democratic official who has worked with Perez. ‘He hates the fundraising and says no to so much of the fundraising even though they are obviously not in good shape financially.’” (Alex Thompson, “The DNC Promised $10M To Rebuild State Parties. It Has Not Delivered,” Vice News, 1/19/18)

Lagging DNC Fundraising Under Perez’s Leadership Has “Frustrated Democrats.” “The lag in Democratic Party fundraising through the first four months of new party Chairman Tom Perez's tenure has frustrated Democrats, especially as liberals see a groundswell of enthusiasm in opposition to President Trump.” (Ben Kamisar, “RNC Raises Millions More Than DNC In July,” The Hill, 8/19/17)

According To The Federal Election Commission, The DNC Raised Half As Much As The RNC, Ending March With $7 Million In Contributions And $6.6 Million In Debt. (Federal Election Commission, Accessed 5/15/18)

But Despite Debt And Lagging Fundraising, The DNC Is Paying Hillary Clinton’s Organization, Onward Together, $1.65 Million For Its Email List

The DNC Paid Hillary Clinton’s Group, Onward Together, $1.65 Million For An Email List, Voter Data, And Software Produced In 2016 By Hillary For America. “Heading into the 2018 midterms, with Democrats hoping to take back the House of Representatives and even make a run at the Senate, the party has spent more than $2 million worth of campaign resources on payments to Hillary Clinton’s new group, Onward Together, according to Federal Election Commission filings and interviews with people familiar with the payments. The Democratic National Committee is paying $1.65 million for access to the email list, voter data, and software produced by Hillary for America during the 2016 presidential campaign, Xochitl Hinojosa, a spokesperson for the DNC, told The Intercept.” (Walker Bragman and Michael Sainato, “The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions For Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show,” The Intercept, 4/25/18)

  • The DCCC Has Paid $700,000 To Rent The List As Well. “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has paid more than $700,000 to rent the same email list.” (Walker Bragman and Michael Sainato, “The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions For Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show,” The Intercept, 4/25/18)

Onward Together Valued The Resources Given To DNC At More Than $5 Million, $3.5 Million Of Which The Group Donated To The DNC As An In-Kind Donation, With The Remaining Value Paid For By The DNC. “In February 2017, the DNC agreed to pay Clinton’s group Onward Together $1.65 million for her campaign email list, analytics, donor data and related items, The Intercept reported on Wednesday. The cache of material was worth more than $5 million; Clinton’s campaign made an in-kind donation of resources worth $3.5 million, and the DNC paid for the rest.” (Daniel Marans, “Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC’s Money,” The Huffington Post, 4/30/18)

The Deal For The List Was Made By Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile In An Effort To “Get As Much From Them [Hillary For America] As They Got From Us.” “Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile told The Intercept the deal was the result of ‘tough negotiations between the Clinton campaign and the DNC. I wanted to bring back our assets. I wanted to get as much from them as they got from us,’ she said.” (Walker Bragman and Michael Sainato, “The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions For Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show,” The Intercept, 4/25/18)

  • Brazile’s Initial Deal Included Quarterly Payments That Would Have Been Paid Off By February 2018. “‘Under the terms I worked out, we had to pay quarterly for items that the DNC acquired. The final payment would have been in February of this year.’” (Walker Bragman and Michael Sainato, “The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions For Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show,” The Intercept, 4/25/18)

However, “Financial Difficulties” At The DNC Led Chairman Tom Perez To Renegotiate The Payment Schedule So Payments Did Not Begin Until 2018 And The Debt Owed To Onward Together Will Not Be Paid Off Until October 2018. “Hinojosa said that Perez, facing financial difficulties upon arriving at the DNC, renegotiated the payment schedule, putting off the payments until 2018, stretching them until October of this year and redirecting them, at the Clinton campaign’s request, to Onward Together.” (Walker Bragman and Michael Sainato, “The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions For Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show,” The Intercept, 4/25/18)

Clinton’s Bilking Of The DNC Comes After She Lamented That She Inherited “Nothing” From The “Bankrupt” DNC That Had A “Nonexistent” Data Operation

Clinton Said She Inherited “Nothing” From A “Bankrupt” DNC When She Became The 2016 Presidential Nominee. “Clinton surprised Democrats on Wednesday when she complained that she inherited ‘nothing’ from a ‘bankrupt’ DNC after becoming the nominee.” (Cristina Marcos, “DNC Allies Incensed By Clinton Criticism,” The Hill, 6/2/17)

Clinton Called The DNC’s Data Operation “Mediocre To Poor, Nonexistent, Wrong.” “She faulted the committee, which some saw as favoring her during the tough primary fight against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as having ‘mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong’ data operation. The remarks were also seen as a rebuke of President Obama, who chose the leaders of the DNC during his tenure.” (Cristina Marcos, “DNC Allies Incensed By Clinton Criticism,” The Hill, 6/2/17)

Clinton Said The DNC Was On The “Verge Of Insolvency” When She Became The Candidate Which Required Her To Put Money Into The Committee “To Keep It Going.” “‘I'm now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party,’ Clinton said. ‘It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong. I had to inject money into it — the DNC — to keep it going.’” (Cristina Marcos, “DNC Allies Incensed By Clinton Criticism,” The Hill, 6/2/17)

Many In The Party Are Fuming At Hillary Clinton’s Greedy Gobbling Of Precious Party Resources During An Election Year

While Running For President, Clinton Held Multiple Joint Fundraisers With The DNC, However, The Money Raised At These Fundraisers Was Going “Almost Exclusively” To Clinton’s Campaign, Leaving Little Available For State Parties. “A joint fundraising agreement she had struck up with the DNC during the campaign was hailed as evidence of her commitment to build the party’s infrastructure. Politico later revealed that the money she raised jointly with the DNC through the Hillary Victory Fund was almost exclusively going to her campaign, with little left over for the state parties.” (Walker Bragman and Michael Sainato, “The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions For Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show,” The Intercept, 4/25/18)

Democratic State Parties, Neglected By The DNC During President Obama’s Years In The White House, Have Continued To Be Left Behind By The DNC Under The Leadership Of Chairman Tom Perez As A Result Of The Party’s Continued Financial Woes. “Meanwhile, Perez has been working to rebuild the state parties after years of neglect under Obama. He’s implemented a costly ‘every ZIP code’ strategy consisting of $10,000 monthly payments to the state parties and additional funds through a ‘resistance summer’ program in 2017. The centerpiece of this renewed effort, however, is a competitive $10 million grant program known as the ‘State Party Innovation Fund.’ As one might expect, the DNC’s financial troubles have hobbled the fund’s payout process to approved state parties, making it frustratingly slow and complicated for state leaders.” (Walker Bragman and Michael Sainato, “The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions For Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show,” The Intercept, 4/25/18)

Don Fowler, A DNC Rules And Bylaws Committee And At-Large Member Who Previously Served As Chair Of The DNC And The South Carolina Democratic Party, Said State Parties “Don’t Have The Money Or The Talent To Build A Party In A Systematic Way.” “Don Fowler, a DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee and at-large member who previously served as chair of the DNC and the South Carolina Democratic Party, cautioned that the lack of adequate funding could be devastating to the party’s electoral prospects. ‘The state parties in most of these states that continually vote for Republicans, they don’t have either the money or the talent to build a party in a systematic way,’ he explained. ‘You have to have financial backing, people who know how to do these things, and you don’t know how to do these things just because you want to do them.’” (Walker Bragman and Michael Sainato, “The Democratic Party Is Paying Millions For Hillary Clinton’s Email List, FEC Documents Show,” The Intercept, 4/25/18)

Nancy Worley, The Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman, Called For Clinton To “Return The Money For The ‘Love Of The Democratic Party’ To The DNC For Its Use.” “‘She should return the money for the ‘love of the Democratic Party’ to the DNC for its use,’ said Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Worley, who supported Clinton during the 2016 primary.” (Daniel Marans, “Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC’s Money,” The Huffington Post, 4/30/18)

Wisconsin State Party Chair Martha Laning And Missouri Democratic National Committeeman Curtis Wylde Called On Clinton To “Retroactively Donate” And “Return” The DNC’s Payment. “Wisconsin Democratic Party chairwoman Martha Laning and Missouri Democratic National Committeeman Curtis Wylde likewise called on her to retroactively donate it and return the payment.” (Daniel Marans, “Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC’s Money,” The Huffington Post, 4/30/18)

Jane Kleeb, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair, Suggested Clinton Contribute The Equivalent Of The DNC’s Payment To State Democratic Parties. “And Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 primary, argued that Clinton could also contribute the equivalent money to state Democratic parties.” (Daniel Marans, “Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC’s Money,” The Huffington Post, 4/30/18)

DNC Committee Members Brian Wahby And Chris Reeves “Welcomed” The Idea Of Clinton Making The List An In-Kind Donation, With Wahby Saying “It Would Be The Christian Thing To Do.” “Other DNC officials, including at-large member Brian Wahby and Kansas Democratic National Committeeman Chris Reeves, welcomed an in-kind donation but stopped short of asking for it. ‘It would be a Christian thing to do,’ Wahby said.” (Daniel Marans, “Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC’s Money,” The Huffington Post, 4/30/18)

Nomiki Konst Attacked The DNC For Purchasing The List From Clinton’s Campaign That Was Made “Off The Backs Of State Parties.” (Nomiki Konst, Twitter Feed, 5/1/18)

  • Konst Was A National Surrogate For Bernie Sanders In 2016 And Is An Investigative Reporter, Writer, And Talk Show Host. “Nomiki Konst is an investigative reporter, writer and talk show host regularly appearing on national media outlets discussing politics. She’s an Investigative Reporter for The Young Turks and was most recently the host of ‘The Filter,’ a three-hour nightly show broadcasted nationally on SiriusXM Progress. Konst is also a Political Contributor for CBS News, a contributing columnist toThe Hill and has a weekly guest spot onThe Kelly File. She’s the founder of The Accountability Project, an investigative news start-up focused on corruption. In 2016, Konst served on the DNC’s Platform Committee and as a national surrogate for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign. Previously, she was a surrogate for Draft Biden.” (“Bio,” Nomiki Konst, Accessed 5/17/18)

Allies Of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) See This Purchase By The DNC As A Double Standard, After Sanders Was Called On By Many Democrats To “Turn Over,” Not Sell Or Rent, His Highly Successful Campaign Email List To The DNC. “Another source of tension is what Sanders allies see as a double standard being applied to the Vermont senator’s famously successful campaign email list. Although Sanders was not the Democratic presidential nominee, after the campaign, many Democrats called on Sanders to turn over his list to the DNC. (Sanders has declined to do so.) ‘They weren’t saying Bernie, ‘Rent your list.’ They wanted the list,’ said Jim Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and a Sanders appointee to the DNC’s Unity and Reform Commission. ‘They said, ‘All candidates do this ― they turn it over to the party.’ Well, now I find out that they don’t.’” (Daniel Marans, “Some Democrats Want Hillary Clinton To Return The DNC’s Money,” The Huffington Post, 4/30/18)

THE 2016 HILLARY-BERNIE DIVIDE REMAINS STRONGER THAN EVER GOING INTO 2018

The Democratic Party Continues To Be Divided By The Ideological Chasm Created By Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders In 2016

Politico Headline: “Democrats Sweat Clinton Vs. Sanders Rift.” (Gabriel Debenedetti, “Democrats Sweat Clinton Vs. Sanders Rift,” Politico, 1/16/17)

Going Into The 2018 Elections, The Democratic Party Is Still “Saddled By Factionalism” Between Sanders And Clinton Supporters. “The committee is trying to forge ahead even as it remains saddled by factionalism. The war between Sanders and Clinton has morphed into a battle between people who believe the Vermont senator needs to actively participate in an institution that's changing to accommodate his demands — and those who believe the DNC should just be grateful Sanders and his allies are helping it change.” (Edward-Isaac Dovere, “DNC Overhaul Struggles As Sanders-Clinton Rivalries Persist,” Politico, 1/16/18)

Democrats Have Had Over A Year To Reconcile The Progressive And Establishment Wings Of Their Party And Have Remained Unable To Do So. “And so 15 months after the presidential election, Democrats haven't answered the central question facing their party in the era of Trump: Is Sanders-style liberal populism the way to win, or should the party adopt a much more moderate approach?” (Amber Phillips, “The Democratic Party Is Pulling Itself In Two Different Directions,” The Washington Post, 2/26/18)

The Brookings Institute’s John Hudak Said Democrats “Have Not Figured Out How” To Overcome The “Real” Split Between The Progressives And The Establishment. “‘The progressive/establishment split is real,’ said John Hudak of the Brookings Institution last week. ‘Democrats need to overcome this, and they have not figured out how yet.’” (Amber Phillips, “The Democratic Party Is Pulling Itself In Two Different Directions,” The Washington Post, 2/26/18)

Long After The 2016 Primary Battle Between Sanders And Clinton, The Divide Remains Virulent In The Democratic Party. “Long after the Democratic presidential nomination was settled, the bruising 2016 primary fight continues to divide the party, hindering Democrats’ ability to unite and prompting national party leaders to tiptoe around the issue in the hopes of avoiding an outbreak of Sanders-Clinton proxy wars.” (Gabriel Debenedetti, “Democrats Sweat Clinton Vs. Sanders Rift,” Politico, 1/16/17)

According To Jonathan Allen, Bill Clinton Gave “Explicit Instructions” To DNC Chairman Tom Perez To Not Allow Bernie Sanders Supporters To Take Control Of The Party. JONATHAN ALLEN: “This huge battle for the soul of the Democratic party between the Clinton type folks and the Sanders folks. And Tom Perez is in the middle of that and he’s gotten very explicit instructions from President Clinton, as we write in the paperback extension of the original book. He’s gotten instructions from Bill Clinton not to let the party go to the Bernie Sanders folks.” (Jonathan Allen, Remarks On CSPAN’s Washington Journal, Washington, DC, 5/3/18)

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At A Summit Earlier This Month, Clinton Blamed Her Struggles In 2016 On Progressive Democrats Whose Economic Views Differ From Hers

Earlier This Month, Hillary Clinton Said That Being A Capitalist Probably Hurt Her Because So Many Democrats Are Socialists. ALAN MURRAY: “You may be the only Presidential candidate since World War II that actually had to stand up and say, ‘I am a capitalist.’ Uh, and you did. Did it hurt you?” HILLARY CLINTON: “Probably. I mean you know, it’s hard to know. But if you're in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists, or self-described socialists, and I'm asked, ‘Are you a capitalist?' And I say, ‘Yes, but with appropriate regulation and appropriate accountability,' you know, that probably gets lost in the ‘Oh my gosh, she's a capitalist.'”(Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Shared Value Leadership Summit, New York, NY, 5/2/18)

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Clinton Said That 41% Of Democrats Participating In The Iowa Caucus Were “Socialists” Who Would’ve Likely Said “Oh My Gosh, She’s A Capitalist.” HILLARY CLINTON: “Probably. I mean you know, it’s hard to know. But if you're in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists, or self-described socialists, and I'm asked, ‘Are you a capitalist?' And I say, ‘Yes, but with appropriate regulation and appropriate accountability,' you know, that probably gets lost in the ‘Oh my gosh, she's a capitalist.'” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Shared Value Leadership Summit, New York, NY, 5/2/18)

  • Sanders, Clinton’s Opponent In The 2016 Democratic Primaries, Described Himself As A “Democratic Socialist.” “The former U.S. secretary of state was challenged from the left during the Democratic primaries by self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont who repeatedly criticized her for being bankrolled by Wall Street and not going after capitalism and with the same hostility as the Democratic grassroots hoped for.” (Lukas Mikelionis, “Hillary Clinton Says Being A Capitalist Likely Hurt Her Among Socialist Dems,” Fox News, 5/3/18)
  • Sanders Cites Five-Time Socialist Party Presidential Candidate, Eugene Debs, As His Hero. “Sanders, 73, has been preaching socialism for nearly half a century, and he cites Eugene Debs, the five-time presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of America, as his hero. But he hasn’t always embraced he label.” (Michael Kruse, “14 Things Bernie Sanders Has Said About Socialism,” Politico, 7/17/15)

THE DEMOCRATS ARE AT WAR IN THE PRIMARIES

“The Midterms Are Probably The Worst Time For An Intramural Square Off” Between The Centrist And Leftist Wings Of The Democratic Party

The Democratic Party Is In The Throes Of Determining What It Should Be: “A Centrist Party Controlled By Political Apparatchiks Who Are Only Marginally Better Than The Establishment Of The Right, Or A Truly Progressive Party In The Sanders/European Socialist Mold.” “For Trent, the choices are about more than beating the Republicans; it is about what the Democratic Party should be: a centrist party controlled by political apparatchiks who are only marginally better than the establishment of the right, or a truly progressive party in the Sanders/European Socialist mold. (Hint: it’s the latter.)” (Ken Stern, “‘There Will Be A Backlash’: Will The Bernie Democrats Risk The House?” Vanity Fair, 5/14/18)

“The Midterms Are Probably The Worst Time For An Intramural Square Off” Between The Factions Of The Democratic Party. “In truth, the midterms are probably the worst time for an intramural square off. Midterms are typically a referendum on the party in power, with the electorate seeking a correction, but not an overcorrection in the other direction. It is entirely possible, for instance, that the ‘universalist’ wing of the party will capture the Democratic Party—even if polls today suggest otherwise—but 2018 is not the right time and place for that battle.” (Ken Stern, “‘There Will Be A Backlash’: Will The Bernie Democrats Risk The House?” Vanity Fair, 5/14/18)

In Virginia’s 5th District, “Universalist” Leslie Cockburn Won The Democratic Primary Over Moderate Veteran Roger Dean Huffstetler

A Moderate Veteran, Roger Dean Huffstetler Was A Democratic Primary Candidate For Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. “Virginia’s 5th Congressional District is a marvel of political engineering, starting at the top of the state in the far D.C. suburbs and running all the way to the southern North Carolina border. Democratic hopeful Roger Dean Huffstetler (you can call him Roger Dean, or R.D., or just Roger if you want) is stamped from the Conor Lamb mold: young, clean-cut, from a blue-collar background. A Marine who served several tours of duty, in Afghanistan and Iraq. A moderate on guns and health care and other hot-button issues who advocates a goal of solutions-based leadership for Congress.” (Ken Stern, “‘There Will Be A Backlash’: Will The Bernie Democrats Risk The House?” Vanity Fair, 5/14/18)

Huffstetler’s Primary Opponent, Now The Democratic Nominee, Is Leslie Cockburn, A Member Of The “Universalist Wing Of The Democratic Party.” “The nominee instead is Leslie Cockburn, who is really nothing like Huffstetler at all. She is also a proud member of what you might call the universalist wing of the Democratic Party: universal health care, universal pre-K, and free college tuition.” (Ken Stern, “‘There Will Be A Backlash’: Will The Bernie Democrats Risk The House?” Vanity Fair, 5/14/18)

  • Cockburn Supports Universal Health Care, Universal Pre-School, And Free College. “The nominee instead is Leslie Cockburn, who is really nothing like Huffstetler at all. She is also a proud member of what you might call the universalist wing of the Democratic Party: universal health care, universal pre-K, and free college tuition.” (Ken Stern, “‘There Will Be A Backlash’: Will The Bernie Democrats Risk The House?” Vanity Fair, 5/14/18)

“Cockburn May Be Too Liberal, Too Universalist” To Win In This Purple Virginia District. “There is a lot to like about Cockburn, but her ability to win in in purple Virginia is far more in question. As one Democratic strategist said to me, ‘It’s a little sad. With the right candidate, in the right year, [VA-5] could be competitive,’ but Cockburn may be too liberal, too universalist to pull enough support from the fractious district. Cockburn might be the Democrats’ preferred candidate, but she may not help them flip the House.” (Ken Stern, “‘There Will Be A Backlash’: Will The Bernie Democrats Risk The House?” Vanity Fair, 5/14/18)

In Pennsylvania’s 1st District, “Proud Progressive” Scott Wallace Won The Democratic Primary Against Navy Veteran Rachel Reddick

In Bucks County, PA, Scott Wallace Won The Primary To Become The Democratic Congressional Nominee. “With nearly two-thirds of Bucks County voting districts reporting late Tuesday, Scott Wallace seemed to be the clear winner in the Democratic contest to face off with Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in the fall in the 1st Congressional District.” (James O’Malley, “Wallace Poised To Face Fitzpatrick In November,” The Intelligencer, 5/16/18)

During The Primary, Wallace, A “Proud Progressive,” Attacked His “Centrist” Opponent Rachel Reddick For Having Previously Been Registered As A Republican. “In the Philadelphia suburbs, centrist Rachel Reddick — a 33-year-old Navy veteran endorsed by Emily’s List — lost the Democratic primary to take on Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) after ‘proud progressive’ Scott Wallace ran ads attacking her for being a registered Republican until 2016.” (James Hohmann, “The Daily 202: The far left is winning the Democratic civil war,” The Washington Post, 5/16/18)

  • Reddick Is A Navy Veteran Who Received The Endorsement Of Emily’s List. “In the Philadelphia suburbs, centrist Rachel Reddick — a 33-year-old Navy veteran endorsed by Emily’s List — lost the Democratic primary to take on Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R) after ‘proud progressive’ Scott Wallace ran ads attacking her for being a registered Republican until 2016.” (James Hohmann, “The Daily 202: The far left is winning the Democratic civil war,” The Washington Post, 5/16/18)
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) And Rep. Seth Moulton (D-CT) Threw Their Support Behind Reddick As Well. “Reddick, in her bid, wielded the endorsements of the Montgomery County Democrats, as well as the women-focused Democratic PAC EMILYs List and big party names from the national stage including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Connecticut Rep. Seth Moulton.”(James O’Malley, “Wallace Poised To Face Fitzpatrick In November,” The Intelligencer, 5/16/18)

Wallace Was Endorsed By The Congressional Progressive Caucus. “A Bucks County native and descendant of prominent political heritage, Wallace wore his pedigree and his pocketbook on his sleeve when he entered the race in January to the nigh-instantaneous endorsement of the Bucks County Democratic Committee. He went on to receive the backing of major progressive groups including the Congressional Progressive Caucus, though his run has been largely self-funded with $2.5 million of his own money poured into his campaign since January.” (James O’Malley, “Wallace Poised To Face Fitzpatrick In November,” The Intelligencer, 5/16/18)

In The Nebraska 2nd Democratic Primary, Progressive Candidate Kara Eastman Defeated Party-Backed Former Representative Brad Ashford To Move On To The General Election

Progressive Candidate Kara Eastman Narrowly Defeated Former Rep. Brad Ashford In The Democratic Primary For Nebraska’s 2md Congressional District. “A progressive candidate running on Medicare-for-all beat a former US Congress member in the Democratic primary for a crucial 2018 House election in Nebraska. Kara Eastman, president of a local nonprofit, narrowly prevailed over former Rep. Brad Ashford in the Democratic primary in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.” (Dylan Scott, “Medicare-For-All Progressive Woman Wins Surprise Victory In A Key Nebraska House Primary,” Vox, 5/16/18)

Ashford Was Elected To the Seat in 2014 And Received Support From The DCCC. “Ashford had been elected to the seat in 2014, though he lost it to Republican Don Bacon in 2016. He had received public support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).” (Dylan Scott, “Medicare-For-All Progressive Woman Wins Surprise Victory In A Key Nebraska House Primary,” Vox, 5/16/18)

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Said She Expected Ashford To Win. “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who raised $16 million for House Democrats in the first quarter of 2018, had said as late as last week that she expected Ashford to win.” (Thomas Beaumont and Marc Levy, “Liberal Wins In Primaries Cheer Some Democrats, Worry Others,” The Associated Press, 5/17/18)

Eastman Was Endorsed By The Progressive Change Committee And The National Justice Democrats. “Eastman started the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance in Omaha before running for office. She was endorsed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a lefty national grassroots group, and the national Justice Democrats during the primary.” (Dylan Scott, “Medicare-For-All Progressive Woman Wins Surprise Victory In A Key Nebraska House Primary,” Vox, 5/16/18)

Eastman Notably Endorsed Medicare-For-All, Targeting Her Opponent By Highlighting That She “Was The Only Candidate In The Race Who Supported Universal Health Care.” “She notably endorsed Medicare-for-all in this district, Omaha and the surrounding area, which is much more of a swing region than the rest of Nebraska. Without naming Ashford, her campaign ad said that she was the only candidate in the race who supported universal health care. (Dylan Scott, “Medicare-For-All Progressive Woman Wins Surprise Victory In A Key Nebraska House Primary,” Vox, 5/16/18)

  • Eastman Also Supports “Universal Background Checks, Overturning Citizens United, Raising Taxes On Corporations And The Wealthy, And Decriminalizing Marijuana.” “Eastman also supports universal background checks, overturning Citizens United, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and decriminalizing marijuana.” (Dylan Scott, “Medicare-For-All Progressive Woman Wins Surprise Victory In A Key Nebraska House Primary,” Vox, 5/16/18)

In The Indiana 2nd Congressional District, Establishment-Backed Mel Hall Defeated Progressive Candidates Pat Hackett And Yatish Joshi

Establishment Candidate Mel Hall Won The Democratic Primary For Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District And Will Face Incumbent Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN). “Democrat Mel Hall, a minister and CEO, will challenge incumbent Republican Representative Jackie Walorski for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the general election.” (Taylor Popielarz, “Mel Hall Wins Democratic Primary For 2nd Congressional District Race,” ABC News, 5/8/18)

  • Hall Had Policy Positions That Were More Moderate Than Hackett And Joshi And Had More Support Among The Party Establishment. “But Hall, a minister-turned-CEO with a passion for data, had staked some policy positions that were more moderate than Hackett and Joshi and had more support among the party establishment.” (Jeff Parrott, “Mel Hall Wins Right To Challenge Jackie Walorski In Indiana's 2nd District,” South Bend Tribune, 5/9/18)

Hall Received 42 Percent Of The Vote, With Pat Hackett And Yatish Joshi Receiving 28 And 22 Percent Respectively. “With 93 percent of the vote tallied, Hall had 42 percent to Hackett’s 28 percent. Joshi had drawn 22 percent of the vote.” (Jeff Parrott, “Mel Hall Wins Right To Challenge Jackie Walorski In Indiana's 2nd District,” South Bend Tribune, 5/9/18)

  • Hackett And Josh Both Ran On A Progressive Message. “Of the six Democrats vying for the chance to turn the district blue in November, three have stood out: Mel Hall, a pastor turned CEO of a health care survey company with a more moderate policy platform, who has the support of some national Democrats and is the establishment pick; Pat Hackett, an attorney with a specialty in health care, estate, and probate law, who is openly gay and running on a progressive message; and Yatish Joshi, a manufacturing entrepreneur and Indian-born immigrant who is also running on a progressive message.” (Tara Golshan, “Indiana Primary Elections: Live Results For Senate And House Races,” Vox, 5/8/18)

During Debates, Hackett Claimed To Be The “True Democrat” In The Race And Attacked Hall For Contributing To Republicans And The Republican Party And Carpetbagging From Nashville, Tennessee. “In two public debates, Hackett, an attorney, had aggressively come after Hall, claiming to be the ‘true Democrat’ on the ticket. She pointed to Hall’s political contributions to Republican candidates and the GOP while he was CEO of South Bend-based healthcare survey firm Press Ganey. She also said Hall moved back to the area from Nashville last summer solely to run for the seat.” (Jeff Parrott, “Mel Hall Wins Right To Challenge Jackie Walorski In Indiana's 2nd District,” South Bend Tribune, 5/9/18)

DCCC FAVORS ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATES OVER PROGRESSIVE CONTENDERS

The DCCC Has “Put Their Thumb On The Scale” To Support Establishment Candidates In Democratic Primaries

The DCCC And “Establishment Power Brokers” Have Put “Their Thumbs On The Scale,” Creating Heightened Disadvantages For More Liberal Candidates. “The Intercept, a left-leaning news outlet, has turned out a series of articles airing inside details about DCCC primary interventions. The stories center on establishment power brokers allegedly putting their thumbs on the scale, often to the disadvantage of the more liberal candidate in a race.” (Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen, “Dem Primary Tensions Spill Into Public View,” The Hill, 5/3/18)

  • This Divide Reopens The Wounds From The 2016 Election In Which Some Progressives Still Believe The National Party “Skewed The Race” For Clinton Over Sanders. “The split threatens to reopen old wounds from the 2016 presidential primary. Some progressives are still smarting from a sense, bolstered by emails obtained by Russian hackers, that the national party skewed the race in favor of Hillary Clinton at the expense of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).” (Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen, “Dem Primary Tensions Spill Into Public View,” The Hill, 5/3/18)

Adam Green, Co-Founder Of The Progressive Change Campaign Committee Claimed The DCCC Recruits “Old White Guys” Running “On A Boring Agenda” From “20 Years Ago.” “‘Their theory of the case is to recruit old white guys who are longtime establishment insiders who will run on a boring agenda Democrats would have run on 20 years ago,’ scoffed Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (whose acronym suggests a desire to be the progressive alternative to the DCCC).” (Bill Scher, “Why Can’t The DCCC And The Resistance Get Along?” Politico, 3/7/18)

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer Was Recorded Pressuring A Progressive Candidate In The Colorado 6th District Democratic Primary To Drop Out Of The Race

A Recording Of A Meeting Between House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) And Progressive Primary Candidate Levi Tillemann Was Released After Hoyer Pressured Tillemann To Drop Out Of The Race. “A Colorado congressional candidate said Thursday he secretly recorded a conversation with Rep. Steny Hoyer of Southern Maryland in which the No. 2 Democrat in the House tried to pressure him into leaving the Democratic primary race in favor of the national party’s chosen candidate. Levi Tillemann said he carefully considered whether to take the unusual steps of recording a conversation with Hoyer last December in a Denver hotel — and then releasing the smartphone audio to the media.” (Jeff Barker, “Progressive House Candidate Says Recording Shows Maryland Rep. Hoyer Tried To Pressure Him To End Campaign,” Baltimore Sun, 4/26/18)

During His Conversation With Tillemann, Hoyer Said “You Keep Saying I Would Like You To Get Out Of The Race, And Of Course That’s Correct,” While Expressing Hope That Tillemann Would “Refrain From Criticizing The Party’s Chosen Candidate If He Decided To Stay In.” “During the conversation, Hoyer asked Tillemann to leave the race multiple times and make way for Crow. ‘You keep saying I would like you to get out of the race, and of course that’s correct,’ Hoyer said, adding that he hoped Tillemann would refrain from criticizing the party’s chosen candidate if he decided to stay in.” (Lee Fang, “Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Leadership Pressuring Progressive To Leave Race,” The Intercept, 4/26/18)

Tillemann, A Former Department Of Energy Official Under President Barack Obama, Is Running Against Jason Crow, An Attorney And Army Veteran Who Is Also A Member Of The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red To Blue” List. “Tillemann, who served as an Energy Department official under the Obama administration, is running in the Democratic primary against attorney and Army veteran Jason Crow, who is on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue list — a group of candidates in competitive districts who receive extra resources from the DCCC.” (Ella Nilsen, “Secret Recording Shows A Top House Democrat Pushing A Progressive Candidate Out Of A Primary,” Vox, 4/26/18)

  • The DCCC’s Red To Blue List Is A Program That “Arms Top-Tier Candidates With Organizations And Fundraising Support To Help Them Continue To Run Strong Campaigns.” “Red to Blue is a highly competitive and battle-tested program at the DCCC that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns.” (“Red To Blue,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Accessed 5/16/18)

In The Meeting, Hoyer Made It Clear That The Party’s Decision To Back Crow Over Tillemann Was Made “Long Ago” And It Is “How The Party Does It Everywhere.” “In a frank and wide-ranging conversation, Hoyer laid down the law for Tillemann. The decision, Tillemann was told, had been made long ago. It wasn’t personal, Hoyer insisted, and there was nothing uniquely unfair being done to Tillemann, he explained: This is how the party does it everywhere.” (Lee Fang, “Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Leadership Pressuring Progressive To Leave Race,” The Intercept, 4/26/18)

When Tillemann Asked Hoyer If This Anointment Before The Primary Is Because The “DCCC Knows Better Than The Voters,” Hoyer Responded That Is Was “Certainly A Consequence Of Our Decision.” “‘So your position is, a decision was made very early on before voters had a say, and that’s fine because the DCCC knows better than the voters of the 6th Congressional District, and we should line up behind that candidate,’ asked Tillemann during the conversation. ‘That’s certainly a consequence of our decision,’ responded Hoyer.” (Lee Fang, “Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Leadership Pressuring Progressive To Leave Race,” The Intercept, 4/26/18)

Tilleman Said “This Is Not A One-Off, This Is A Pattern Of Abuse We’ve Seen Against Progressive Candidates Across The Country.” “‘More than a year before a single vote was cast, a small party elite decided to throw the entire weight of the Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee behind [Crow],’ Tillemann said Wednesday during a press conference. ‘This is not a one-off, this is a pattern of abuse we’ve seen against progressive candidates across the country.’”(Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen, “Dem Primary Tensions Spill Into Public View,” The Hill, 5/3/18)

After The Tape Was Released, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Defended Hoyer, Saying She Did Not “See Anything Inappropriate” With The Meeting And Calling It A “Conversation About The Realities Of Life In The Race As To Who Can Make The General Election.” “‘I don’t know that a person can tape a person without the person’s consent and then release it to the press,’ Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference. ‘In terms of candidates and campaigns I don’t see anything inappropriate in what Mr. Hoyer was engaged in — a conversation about the realities of life in the race as to who can make the general election.’” (David Weigel and Erica Werner, “Pelosi Defends Party Intervention In Democratic Primaries,” The Washington Post, 4/26/18)

Progressive Congressional Campaign Committee (PCCC) Co-Founder Stephanie Taylor Said “There Is A Battle For The Heart And Soul Of The Democratic Party, And Steny Hoyer And His Corporate Cronies Already Lost.” “‘There is a battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, and Steny Hoyer and his corporate cronies already lost,” PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor said in a statement last week. ‘They don't represent the future, and it's time for them to step aside and make room for a new generation of leadership — one that inspires and motivates the base instead of depressing it.” (Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen, “Dem Primary Tensions Spill Into Public View,” The Hill, 5/3/18)

Hoyer Also Tried To Play Election Matchmaker In Florida To Help Clear The Democratic Primary Field For Florida’s 27th Congressional District

Hoyer Met With First-Time Democratic Candidate Matt Haggman And Tried To Pressure Him To Run In The Neighboring District Against Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL). “Facing a Democratic bloodbath in one of the party’s most coveted open congressional seats, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer flew to South Florida last weekend and met with first-time candidate Matt Haggman to pressure him to withdraw from the race and run in a neighboring district against GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, according to sources briefed on the discussions.” (Marc Caputo and Heather Caygle, “Hoyer Plays Florida Kingmaker,” Politico, 4/10/18)

  • There Are Eight Democrats Running In The Primary For Florida’s 27th District. “In the vacant 27th Congressional District, Democrats have eight candidates raising hundreds of thousands of dollars per quarter.” (Marc Caputo and Heather Caygle, “Hoyer Plays Florida Kingmaker,” Politico, 4/10/18)

Despite This Effort To Clear The Way For Donna Shalala, The Candidate Preferred By The Party, Haggman Declined The Move And Said “We Are Running In District 27.” “The trip was the latest in a series of Democratic Party efforts to cull crowded candidate fields and clear a path to the general election for the establishment’s preferred candidates — typically those seen by party officials as best suited to win in November. Hoyer’s coffee-shop diplomacy failed to convince Haggman, who is one of seven candidates in the Democratic-leaning Miami district trailing the front-runner, Donna Shalala. ‘We are running in District 27,’ Haggman’s campaign, which didn’t deny having district-switching talks with Hoyer, said in a written statement to POLITICO.” (Marc Caputo and Heather Caygle, “Hoyer Plays Florida Kingmaker,” Politico, 4/10/18)

The DCCC Released Opposition Research Against Progressive Candidate Laura Moser And Told Her That She Was Unelectable

Slate Headline: “Bernie-Style Progressives Pick A Texas-Size Fight With The Democratic Establishment.” (Josh Voorhees, “Bernie-Style Progressives Pick A Texas-Size Fight With The Democratic Establishment,” Slate, 3/1/18)

Laura Moser, A “Progressive Activist,” Was A Democratic Candidate For Congress In Texas’ 7th Congressional District. “And then there's Laura Moser, a progressive activist who's apparently been raking in money lately. She's running for Congress in Texas 7th District, which is currently represented by nine-term Republican Rep. John Culberson but voted for Hillary Clinton over President Trump in 2016.” (“Your Guide To The Wild And Crazy Texas Primaries,” CBS News, 2/28/18)

Moser, A “Sanders-Style Progressive,” Has Received Support From Progressive Groups Including Our Revolution Who Said “The People Of Texas Should Be Allowed To Make Their Own Decisions On Who To Vote For Without The Influence Of Washington Insiders.” “‘The people of Texas should be allowed to make their own decisions on who to vote for without the influence of Washington insiders,’ Our Revolution board member Jim Hightower said in a statement, which also highlighted Moser’s support for Sanders-style progressive planks like raising the minimum wage and Medicare for all.” (Josh Voorhees, “Bernie-Style Progressives Pick A Texas-Size Fight With The Democratic Establishment,” Slate, 3/1/18)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Attacked Moser Publically By Publishing Opposition Research Findings That Said, Among Other Things,Laura Moser’s Outright Disgust For Life In Texas Disqualifies Her As A General Election Candidate.” “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also circulated a memo alleging that a sizable chunk of money from Moser’s campaign has been paid to her husband’s consulting firm. (He’s a former Obama administration official who is now a partner at the progressive ad firm Revolution Messaging.) ‘Laura Moser’s outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate,’ DCCC communications director Meredith Kelly said. It’s the first public shot at a fellow Democratic candidate so far this election cycle, but the committee isn’t ruling out further intraparty engagement.” (Josh Kraushaar, “As Primaries Approach, Democratic Divisions Deepen,” National Journal, 2/25/18)

Despite Attempts By The DCCC To Discredit Her Campaign, Laura Moser Earned A Spot In The May 22 Primary Runoff For Texas’ 7th Congressional District. “Two weeks after the the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tried to discredit Texas Democrat Laura Moser, the 7th District candidate earned a spot in the May 22 primary runoff.” (Simone Pathe, “Laura Moser Maker Democratic Primary Runoff In Texas’s 7th District,” Roll Call, 3/7/18)

  • Moser Placed Second With 24 Percent Of The Vote, Trailing Attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher By 5 Points. “With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Moser was in second place with 24 percent of the vote, behind attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher who led with 29 percent.” (Simone Pathe, “Laura Moser Maker Democratic Primary Runoff In Texas’s 7th District,” Roll Call, 3/7/18)

This Primary Race Has Been Compared To A Representation Of The “Broader Battle Within The Party Between Progressives Who Backed Bernie Sanders And Members Of The Establishment.” “A crowded Democratic House primary in the Houston area has become a stand-in for the broader battle within the party between progressives who backed Bernie Sanders and members of the establishment.” (Eric Bradner, “How A Texas House Primary Erupted Into A Full-Blown Democratic War,” CNN, 3/5/18)

The DCCC Has Been Accused Of Trying To Push Democratic Candidate Greg Edwards Out Of The Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District Race

Democratic Primary Candidate Greg Edwards And His Campaign Have Accused The DCCC Of Asking Local Democrats If Edwards Should Consider A State Senate Seat Instead Of Continuing His Campaign For The 7th District. “But Edwards and his campaign staff believe he was specifically targeted, citing a conversation that a DCCC staffer had with local Democrats in which they asked if anyone thought Edwards would consider a state Senate bid instead of continuing to seek the congressional seat.” (Laura Olson, “Greg Edwards Says National Democrats Tried To Push Him From Pennsylvania 7th Congressional Race,” The Morning Call, 3/5/18)

  • The Staffer, Tim Perisco, Also Held A Meeting With Edwards And His Campaign Advisors And Expressed The Committee’s Concern That “The Crowded Primary Field Could Cause Someone With No “Sustainable Path’ To Become The Party’s Nominee.” “In another meeting last week, that same staffer, Tim Persico, told Edwards and several of his campaign advisers that the committee was concerned that the crowded primary field could cause someone with no “sustainable path” to become the party’s nominee, according to the Edwards campaign.” (Laura Olson, “Greg Edwards Says National Democrats Tried To Push Him From Pennsylvania 7th Congressional Race,” The Morning Call, 3/5/18)

Persico Told The Campaign He “Questioned The Ability Of Edwards - Who Had Led The Field Of Democrats In Year-End Fundraising Reports - To Raise Enough Money” And Suggested That Former Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan Would Have “Strong Fundraising Abilities.” “Asked by the Edwards campaign what that meant, Persico questioned the ability of Edwards — who had led the field of Democrats in year-end fundraising reports — to raise enough money and suggested that a Democrat who hasn’t yet entered the race — former Bethlehem mayor John Callahan — would have strong fundraising abilities, according to the campaign.” (Laura Olson, “Greg Edwards Says National Democrats Tried To Push Him From Pennsylvania 7th Congressional Race,” The Morning Call, 3/5/18)

 


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