During the past few days, revelations that the Democratic National Committee directly coordinated with Hillary Clinton’s campaign surfaced, causing outrage and defensive responses from both Clinton campaign employees and DNC members. Here is a complete explanation of what happened during the 2016 Democratic primaries, and the Clinton campaign’s influence on the party.
In August 2015, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign entered a joint fundraising agreement. This meant that both groups would share resources, as well as the Clinton campaign having complete control over the DNC’s financial resources, strategies and fundraising. This happened nearly one year prior to Clinton becoming the nominee for the Democratic Party. This agreement was completely confidential among senior Clinton campaign officials and top members of the Democratic Party. It was only discovered during an investigation into a cyber attack that occurred in 2016 just after the primaries. Former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile revealed the agreement’s discovery in her new book, causing outrage from both sides of the political spectrum. Brazile accused of favoring the Clinton campaign last year after it was discovered she stole a debate question from CNN, giving it to the Clinton campaign during the primaries. Senator Elizabeth Warren told CNN that she agreed that the agreement was evidence of “rigged” primaries, causing many to question the Democratic Party’s leadership. DNC chairman Tom Perez said that the allegations are a “real problem” but the agreement was unknown to him or other DNC officials. The DNC is currently investigating the agreement and those involved, and will release their findings at the conclusion of their internal investigation.
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