Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DNC sought to hide details of Clinton funding deal with state parties

How do we say, corruption?

Some of the more eyeraising emails exposed by Wikileaks have to do with the joint fundraising group, the Hillary Clinton Victory Fund, and how little of the $81 million raised has gone to state Democratic parties that are supposed to benefit from the arrangement.
In essence, the Victory Fund was created to get around FEC regulations regarding the cap on donations that apply to these joint fundraising efforts so that the Clinton campaign could receive far more cash than they were supposed to.
These were the exact charges made by the Sanders campaign the last few months - that money that was supposed to go to state parties was ending up in Clinton's campaign coffers instead.
The arrangement, called the Hillary Victory Fund, allowed the Clinton campaign to seek contributions of hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend extravagant fundraisers including a dinner at George Clooney’s house and a concert at Radio City Music Hall featuring Katy Perry and Elton John. That’s resulted in criticism for Clinton, who has made opposition to big money in politics a key plank in her campaign platform.
Clinton’s allies have responded publicly by arguing that the fund is raising big money to boost down-ballot Democratic candidates by helping the 40 state parties that are now participating in the fund.
But privately, officials at the DNC and on Clinton’s campaign worked to parry questions raised by reporters, as well as Sanders’ since-aborted campaign, about the distribution of the money, according to a cache of hacked emails made public late last week by WikiLeaks.
The emails show the officials agreeing to withhold information from reporters about the Hillary Victory Fund’s allocation formula, working to align their stories about when — or if — the DNC had begun funding coordinated campaign committees with the states. They also show one official blaming Sanders for putting the DNC between “a real rock vs hard place” by forcing “a fight in the media with the party bosses over big money fundraising.”
The DNC’s deputy communications director Eric Walker in late April emailed a group of top officials asserting that the party shouldn’t “discuss funding allocations in the press for the RNC to see what we’re doing.” His boss Luis Miranda responded “There's been no coverage that we've found, which is what we wanted.”
Miranda argued in the emails that the committee should try to shape any coverage by claiming that “while the funds are going to the DNC right now to build tools and capacity for the general election, there will be a point when the funds stay in the states to fund coordinated campaigns that are now beginning to get organized.” But in a subsequent email in early May he admitted he wasn’t sure if the coordinated campaigns with the state parties were already getting started “or does it start later in the summer?”
Wasserman Schultz responded: “It starts now.”
Records show it never got underway. The Clinton campaign kept the lion's share of what was raised, stiffing the state parties, and then coordinated with the DNC to keep the facts from the press. 
There is little doubt that Clinton's actions violated the spirit of campaign finance laws. But even with the emails showing an intent to decieve, prosecution would be difficult. The campaign and the DNC could claim they were trying to keep funding secrets from Republicans and not circumvent the law. Indeed, it's a gray area that the Clintons are familiar with.



Charges dropped against pro-life reporters behind Planned Parenthood videos

 Charges against  David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the two reporters whose undercover videos of Planned Parenthood employees selling fetal body parts shocked the nation, have been dropped in Texas.
Harris County prosecutors had accused the journalists of tampering with a government record - using a fake ID to gain entrance to a Planned Parenthood office. Harris County, which includes the most liberal city in Texas - Austin - has been the scene of several high profile, politically motivated prosecutions in recent years, including the accusations against former Congressman Tom DeLay. Those corruption charges were later dismissed.
In a joint statement, Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Merritt called the charges “bogus” and “politically motivated,” accusing the Harris County District Attorney’s Office of working to benefit Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood tried to collude with public officials to manipulate the legal process to their own benefit, and they failed,” they said in the statement.
The District Attorney’s Office also had charged Mr. Daleiden with illicitly attempting to purchase human organs, stemming from a fake fetal tissue procurement firm, BioMax, he created as a part of his investigation. That indictment was dismissed earlier this month.
District Attorney Devon Anderson drew the ire of the pro-life movement over the charges. Pro-life activists pointed out that Mr. Daleiden was charged for fictitiously attempting to buy human remains from abortions, while Planned Parenthood was cleared of any charges for genuinely trying to sell them.
Peter Breen, an attorney for the Thomas More Society who represented Mr. Daleiden, said the “meritless and retaliatory prosecution should never have been brought.”
Planned Parenthood did wrong here, not David Daleiden,” Mr. Breen said in a statement.
It later was revealed that Ms. Anderson has multiple ties to the abortion business. For instance, one of her assistant district attorneys, Lauren Reeder, serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Ms. Anderson maintained that Ms. Reeder had nothing to do with the indictment against Mr. Daleiden.
Josh Schaffer, an attorney for Planned Parenthood, also admitted under oath that the DA’s office had improperly shared evidence with Planned Parenthood about the case against Mr. Daleiden.
And Ms. Anderson accepted a $25,000 contribution to her 2014 re-election campaign from attorney Chip Lewis, who represents a Houston late-term abortionist.
In 2013 a grand jury led by Ms. Anderson declined to bring an indictment against late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen, who was accused of killing babies born alive during abortions by twisting their necks.
Lovely people that prosecutor is hanging around with.
The two reporters aren't out of the legal woods yet:
Daleiden and Merritt are not yet out of the legal woods. The state of California, led by Attorney General Kamala Harris, is investigating charges against the pair, and the Justice Department – under pressure from pro-abortion Democratic Congressmen – had said it had reviewed the matter.
NARAL and a handful of Planned Parenthood affiliates have filed a civil lawsuit over covert footage of NARAL’s annual convention in California, as well.
This is only the most recent example of liberals attacking their political opponents using novel, or trumped up interpretations of the law to intimidate and destroy. The campaign against Exxon for disagreeing with the liberal notion of climate change is another. There was a campaign in Wisconsin to silence and intimidate conservative activists for backing Governor Walker in his bid to defeat a recall vote.
The list goes on and on. Their actions stem from a basic disrespect for the law and what it stands for. When the law becomes a tool of oppression, rather than a means to establish fairness and justice, liberty is endangered and a well ordered society is threatened.


Police killings spike 78% compared to last year

A new report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows an alarming increase in the number of shooting deaths of police compared to the same period last year.
The report also shows a big increase in ambush-style attacks on police.
Shooting deaths of law enforcement officers spiked 78 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year, including an alarming increase in ambush-style assaults like the ones that killed eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, according to a report released Wednesday.
However, data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that firearms-related deaths of officers in the line of duty are still lower than they were during previous decades like the 1970s.
Thirty-two officers died in firearms-related incidents so far this year including 14 that were ambush-style attacks, according to the report. During the same period last year, 18 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty including three that were considered ambush attacks.
"That's a very alarming, shocking increase in the number of officers who are being literally assassinated because of the uniform they wear and the job that they do," said Craig W. Floyd, who heads the organization.
The organization usually releases a mid-year report tracking incidents for the first six months but decided to extend the period due to the July attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge against police officers. So the report goes from the beginning of January to July 20 and compares it to the same period last year. On their website, the organization also keeps a running tally of officers who died in the line of duty. Those figures through July 26 show that 33 officers have been shot and killed so far this year.
The report comes at a time of heightened tension between communities across the country and police officers. Two police officers and one sheriff's deputy were shot and killed during an ambush on July 17 in Baton Rouge by a black gunman who was later killed by responding officers. In Dallas, a black gunman opened fire on police during a July 7 protest against recent police shootings of black suspects; the gunman killed five officers before being killed by authorities.
The blame for this can be placed squarely on activists for Black Lives Matter who have accused police of deliberately targeting blacks for death. The cops are referred to as "terrorists." I don't see how one can avoid the conclusion that this kind of incitement leads directly to violence against police.
When you tell black people that the cops are out to kill you, it elicits the kind of reaction we've seen from Minneapolis to Baton Rouge; black men resisting arrest who are subsequently killed by police. How else are they supposed to respond when they've been propagandized to believe their lives are in danger because cops hate blacks and want them dead?
Whether the shootings are justified or not, the rhetoric of Black Lives Matter is toxic to the relationship between police and the communities they serve. 


Hillary Strategist Blames “Stupid White People” For Popularity of Trump

No I think this Ass wipe has it wrong. Stupid Clueless Inbred Idiots vote for Immoral corrupt Liars!

“Stupid white people are the worst”

Senior Hillary strategist and former Obama campaign director Mitch Stewart says that the continuing popularity of Donald Trump can be attributed to one factor – “stupid white people.”
Stewart, who is white himself, is the founder of 270 Strategies, a consultancy firm that worked with Clinton Super PAC Ready for Hillary.
He also served as Battleground States Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and was hailed by the Guradian as helping to build “a historic ground operation that will provide the model for political campaigns in America and around the world for years to come.”
In a tweet, Stewart asserts, “Uneducated whites are keeping @realDonaldTrump at his current numbers. Stupid white people are the worst.”
Respondents were quick to fire back at Stewart’s lazy racism.
“His numbers are up because of the corruption in the DNC and your illegitimate candidate Hillary,” wrote one.
“Casual racism is OK as long as you support the right political party,” added another.
Stewart subsequently admitted that he was an “elitist,” before lecturing people on their spelling.
Stewart’s tweet is emblematic of how the left arrogantly dismisses support for Donald Trump by characterizing the concerns of his voters as bigoted and ignorant, when in reality millions of white, blue collar Americans support Trump because they have been harmed by globalist trade deals that have gutted the country’s industrial base.
The former Obama campaign director’s jibe at “stupid white people” also correlates with Hillary Clinton’s recent insistence that whites must recognize their so-called white privilege.



Anti American Idiots


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Curiously, there aren’t that many American flags flying at the Democratic National Convention.
Not outside, not inside.
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Meanwhile, outside some activists at the DNC are proudly flying the Communist flag.
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By the way, this is at the same event where, not only are there seemingly no American flags for a major party in an American presidential election, but the city has removed Mississippi state flags “in the interest of safety”.

Hillary in Deep Trouble – “Hordes of Wall Street Executives” Descend Upon Philadelphia

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Make no mistake about it, if you think the Obama administration represents a bunch of oligarch-coddling banker puppets, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Right now, “Hordes of Wall Street executives” are descending upon Philadelphia, so I say let the evidence speak for itself. The purpose of this post, which includes an article by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg, as well as videos chosen by me, is to continue shining light on many of the Hillary Clinton realities that the mainstream media not only refuses to cover, but is actually complicit in helping her cover up! In an article from earlier today covering Trump’s speech at the VFW in North Carolina, it talked about the 10-step plan Trump laid out for transforming the federal government as we know it into one that actually does the people’s bidding. Trump said:
“Instead of giving bonuses to employees for wasting money, we’re going to create a new incentive program that rewards employees for saving money.”
Congress has an 11% approval rating. That means BOTH parties realize the system is not working, not for anyone. Then who could argue that Trump’s 10-step plan is not a good one? I’ll tell you who: THE ESTABLISHMENT, and those who represent it. Period.
Hillary claims to be the candidate who is “of the people, and for the people,” yet she hasn’t even driven herself in a car anywhere for close to 40 years. Politicians and their asinine rhetoric aside, is there one person on earth worth hundreds of millions of dollars (without ever producing or owning a single business), that you’d believe if they said they “understand the needs of ordinary people?” If they can’t even understand what it’s like to drive a car, how do they “understand” anything “ordinary?” GIVE ME A BREAK!
Hillary Clinton IS the 1%. She is a woman who dines with, and has causal email correspondence with members of the wealthiest (and arguably most evil) family on earth, the Rothschild family, yet she promises hoards of uninformed voters that she’ll be a champion of the little people, and not of giant corporate interests. Donald Trump also promises to be a champion of the little people. So, the question is who should voters believe? The fact that half the country still isn’t sure speaks volumes about how corrupt the media is, and it shocks the conscious. Putting all rhetoric aside, look at what you can point to as fact.
Companies like Apple, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, UPS, Motorola, Ford and Walgreens are all boycotting Trump. At the same time, this week there are hordes of industry executives descending on Philadelphia to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president, and renew their close associations with the White House.
I’ll go on. Blackstone, one of the nation’s largest private equity firms, actually held an official reception in Philadelphia featuring its president, Tony James, sometimes mentioned as a possible Treasury Secretary in a Clinton administration. Still can’t figure it out? Everyone except uniformed Hillary supporters know that Hillary Clinton has signaled to her friends at Wall Street Banks (the same one’s she still won’t release transcripts from), and the rest of top 1%, that she has their backs, and she knows they have hers.
This post has several videos, but the first one highlights Hillary’s career as a serial felon, and a pathological liar. Again, the facts above speak for themselves. Before you see the MOUNTAINS of evidence that contradicts every word Hillary is saying, and points to a massive party on Wall Street, here’s a reminder of who we’re dealing with:
On last night’s episode of The Hagmann report, Doug Hagmann had fellow talk radio hosts Steve Quayle and Dave Hodges on as guests to discuss current events both domestically and geopolitically. If you want TRUTH, check the show out, If you want poltically correct, turn on MSNBC. Both guests began the show with very profound statements. As it relates to which presidential candidate to believe, to all the companies boycotting Trump, and to the corporate interests descending on Philly to celebrate Clinton’s nomination (including the Wall Street behemoths listed), Steve Quayle said something very relevant. He said:
“Sometimes, a man can be more known by his enemies, than he is by his friends.”
As you read the shocking article below, and get a chance to watch the movie “Clinton Cash,” keep in mind something Dave Hodges of the Common Sense Show said:
“We are at a crossroads in history … We are being given a chance. We as a country are being given a chance to make some substantial changes spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically, politically … we have a real opportunity we will not get again in my lifetime … and our window is short. Our window is very short.”
Both men are 100% on point, and the show is amazing. You can listen to the full show here! As Dave said, the window is short indeed. Said another way: As a nation, the window is only open until November 2nd. If Hillary Clinton wins, Dave Hodges suggests there is every reason to believe FEMA Camps will be packed to gills within the first year of her presidency. Laugh, or dismiss this as “conspiracy theory” at your own expense. The following facts speak for themselves.
Submitted by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
Political pundits throughout the land are tripping over each other to compose the latest bland, uninsightful screed proclaiming the death of the Republican Party. This makes sense, because the primary purpose of a political pundit is to state the obvious years after it’s already become established fact to everyone actually paying attention.
Yes, of course, Trump winning the GOP nomination marks the end of the party as we know it. After all, some neocons are already publicly and actively throwing their support behind Hillary. While this undoubtably represents a major turning point in U.S. political history, many pundits have yet to appreciate that the exact same thing is happening within the Democratic Party. It’s just not completely obvious yet.
– From February’s post: It’s Not Just the GOP – The Democratic Party is Also Imploding
I believe Hillary Clinton lost the Presidency this past week. While the explosive DNC leaks will undoubtably have a long lasting effect, this post will barely reference the leaks. Rather, it will explain how recent decisions by the Hillary campaign played right into Trump’s hands by essentially waving a gigantic middle finger to the 73% of Americanswho think the country is headed in the wrong direction.
What Hillary Clinton did in selecting Tim Kaine as VP was send a clear signal that not only is she the status quo candidate, she is proud of it. She didn’t just double down on being the establishment candidate, she tripled and quadrupled down. There is now no denying that Hillary Clinton is implicitly running on only two themes.
1. Trump is scary. I am not Trump.
2. Things aren’t really bad. I’ll continue along the path we’ve been on.
This message will result in a guaranteed loss against an opponent who is telling the American public “I know you’re angry, I’m angry too, and I’m going to blow up the status quo.” Recall that 73% of the U.S. pubic thinks the country is headed in the wrong direction, and as the Wall Street Journal noted:
Some 73% in the new survey say things have gone off-course, with only 18% saying the nation is headed in the right direction.
Numbers such as those are usually seen in times of national crisis, such as during the government shutdown of 2013, when only 14% said the nation was on-course, or during the 2008 financial crisis, when 11% said things were headed in the right direction.
In this post, I will prove that as Hillary is signaling a “business as usual” with regard to the status quo, and in return, the status quo is uniformly and excitedly rallying around her. This will disgust most Americans and lead to a Trump victory. People who dislike Trump more than Clinton will vote for him anyway, because they dislike the status quo even more.
So let’s take a look at Tim Kaine, starting with the topic of banks. Here are a few excerpts from a recent Huffington Post article titled, Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton’s VP:
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is on Hillary Clinton’s short list of potential vice presidential nominees. He’s also actively pushing bank deregulation this week as he campaigns for the job.
Kaine signed two letters on Monday urging federal regulators to go easy on banks ― one to help big banks dodge risk management rules, and another to help small banks avoid consumer protection standards.
As Kaine joins the deregulatory fight, several other lawmakers are pushing the CFPB in the opposite direction. On Wednesday, 28 senators sent a letter to the agency urging them to toughen up their new rule against abusive payday lending. Kaine didn’t sign it.
Moving along, what about the TPP, where does Mr. Kaine stand there?
Here’s a hint from the Intercept’s recent article, Hours Before Hillary Clinton’s VP Decision, Likely Pick Tim Kaine Praises the TPP:
Hillary Clinton’s rumored vice presidential pick Sen. Tim Kaine defended his vote for fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Thursday.
Kaine, who spoke to The Intercept after an event at a Northern Virginia mosque, praised the agreement as an improvement of the status quo, but maintained that he had not yet decided how to vote on final approval of the agreement. By contrast, Hillary Clinton has qualified her previous encouragement of the agreement, and now says she opposes it.
Kaine’s measured praise of the agreement could signal one of two things. Either he is out of the running for the vice presidential spot, as his position on this major issue stands in opposition to hers. Or, by picking him, Clinton is signaling that her newly declared opposition to the agreement is not sincere. The latter explanation would confirm the theory offered by U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Tom Donohue, among others, who has said that Clinton is campaigning against the TPP for political reasons but would ultimately implement the deal.
Banking and fake free trade deals are two topics that get Americans animated across the ideological spectrum, and by selecting Tim Kaine, Hillary is not so subtly telling her donors to not pay attention to any anti-establishment rhetoric that may come out of her mouth during the campaign. She signaling that she knows the status quo has her back, and she has theirs.
Unsurprisingly, the oligarchs and their lobbyists who run the show and craft policies behind the scenes have gotten the message loud and clear. How can I be so certain? Let me give you a few examples.
First, let’s take a look at the extent to which lobbyists generally are embracing Clinton as opposed to shunning Trump. From The Hill:
Lobbyists are being welcomed back into the fold of the Democratic Party as the Obama era draws to a close.
President Obama campaigned heavily against special interests in 2008 and put in place several new policies limiting their service in his administration. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) banned lobbyist contributions, and lobbyists began complaining of a stigma — a “scarlet L” — being attached unfairly to their industry.
Times appear to be changing, though, with the outward hostility to the K Street crowd thawing.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has accepted more than $9 million in bundled donations from registered lobbyists, while the DNC has rolled back the lobbyist bans that Obama put into place.
“In 2008 and 2012, there was no integration with the [Obama] campaign,” said Al Mottur, a senior Democratic lobbyist at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, adding that he would have liked to have helped. “Now, the campaign is welcoming — they’re open to us. That’s why I’ve done as much work for her as I’ve done on her behalf.”
Lobbyist bundlers have contributed to Clinton’s massive donor advantage over the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
Clinton’s bundler policy also gives lobbyists hope that she may reverse Obama’s policies, issued via executive order, that were intended to slow down what he called the “revolving door” between government and the private sector.
“There are a lot of people on K Street who certainly hope she would” reverse or ignore an executive order signed by Obama aimed at limiting registered lobbyists from getting jobs in the White House, said Mary Beth Stanton of Heather Podesta + Partners.
“With the anti-Washington sentiment of this campaign … it wouldn’t be something that would be discussed today,” she added. “That’s a staffing issue, and that’s not something that they’ll decide until they have to.”
In other words, we know she’ll have our back in office even if she has to pretend to dislike us to get elected.
For 2016, the DNC reversed the prohibition on lobbyist cash entirely, both for the party and the convention, giving corporations and lobbyists the opportunity to participate fully.
Trump’s controversial campaign had a tangible effect on the Republican convention last week in Cleveland.
Many companies skipped the event and declined to make donations for fear of being associated with the businessman’s controversial rhetoric. Several Republican lobbyists who did come to Cleveland told The Hill that they would be taking care of business for clients and out as quickly as possible.
Clinton’s candidacy is also a draw for those on K Street, many of whom have been involved with the family for years.
“The community is supporting her, there is no question about that,”said David Castagnetti of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. His firm is also kicking off the convention with a party on Monday.
While disgusting, that’s nothing compared to the following excerpts from the Politico article titled, Wall Street Takes a Road Trip to Philadelphia. Brace yourselves…
NEW YORK — Wall Street is taking the Acela down to Philadelphia this week.
Hordes of industry executives will descend on the city to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president and renew close associations that vexed the Democratic standard-bearer throughout her primary battle with Bernie Sanders.
Goldman Sachs, which paid Clinton millions for private speeches, will be well represented in Philadelphia with executives Jake Siewert, a former Bill Clinton press secretary, making the trip along with Steven Barg, Michael Paese, Joyce Brayboy and Jennifer Scully, who was a major fundraiser for Bill Clinton in New York in 1992.
Blackstone, one of the nation’s largest private equity firms, will hold an official reception in Philadelphia on Thursday featuring its president, Tony James, sometimes mentioned as a possible Treasury Secretary in a Clinton administration.
Hedge fund managers and top Democratic donors including Avenue Capital’s Marc Lasry and Boston Provident’s Orin Kramer will also be on the scene as will Morgan Stanley executive and former top Clinton aide Tom Nides. Executives from Citigroup, JPMorganChase and other large banks will also prowl the streets and bar rooms of Philadelphia.
The financial contingent will be in an especially good mood following Clinton’s selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. Kaine has shown a willingness to fight for regional bank relief from the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. But more than that, he’s not Elizabeth Warren, the potential VP pick that long had Wall Street terrified.
Republicans with ties to the financial industry will also be there, a sharp contrast to Donald Trump’s convention in Cleveland, which Wall Street largely shunned over fears of the GOP nominee’s populist agenda on trade, immigration and Wall Street reform.
The banker anxiety only grew during Trump’s convention as the party rolled out a platform plank calling for the re-imposition of a Depression-era Glass-Steagall law that could force banks to break up into smaller pieces.
Wall Street groaned as Clinton moved to the left during the primary —especially on trade — but the industry remains far more comfortable with the idea of another President Clinton in the White House than a President Trump.
“I think she has shown perhaps ironically that she has a better understanding of business and Wall Street than Donald Trump does,” said Steve Rattner, an investment banker and Democratic donor who will make the short Acela ride down to Philly. “The GOP platform includes reinstating Glass-Steagall. And when you watched that [Trump acceptance] speech, Bernie Sanders could have given half of it. Putting partisanship aside, most of my Republican business friends are appalled at the thought of Donald Trump in the White House.”
What braindead Rattner fails to understand is the majority of the American public despises him and his crony “business friends,” and will actively vote to keep them as far away from power as possible.
So while the Clinton camp won’t boast about it given the continuing unpopularity of Wall Street and the populist tilt of the electorate, the City of Brotherly Love will be the City of Banker Love this week. The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for a comment.
Trump is likely to try to continue to exploit Clinton’s connections to the banking industry. On Saturday following the Kaine selection, Trump Tweeted: “Tim Kaine is, and always has been, owned by the banks. Bernie supporters are outraged, was their last choice. Bernie fought for nothing!”
“Wall Street doesn’t really side with a party based only on where regulation is going. We live in an environment where we know there is regulation and that we are under scrutiny,” said Robert Wolf, an investment banker and major Democratic fundraiser who will be in Philadelphia. “The bottom line is that if the economy does better, finance does better and everyone does better.”
Clinton has not showed Sanders’ ability to tap into a massive grassroots network of small donors and remains reliant on Wall Street cash to fund her campaign, making it difficult for her to shun bankers at her convention.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Clinton and outside groups supporting her have raised $375 million so far in the 2016 cycle. The securities and investment industry is one of her top sources of cash, donating $40 million to her cause so far, according to the CRP.
But in the background, the “Rubin wing” of the Democratic Party, named for Wall Street executive and former Bill Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, will be circulating through panel discussions, Democratic party committee events and cocktail parties.
Larry Summers, a Harvard professor and former Rubin protégé who also served as Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton, will take part in a POLITICO discussion on the economy on Wednesday along with Neera Tanden, a close Hillary Clinton adviser and president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a think-tank some on the left now view as too centrist.
Make no mistake about it, if you think the Obama administration represents a bunch of oligarch-coddling banker puppets, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
But there’s more. Incredibly, the DNC has decided it would be wise to have billionaire New York City oligarch, Michael Bloomberg, speak at the convention. This is a man with extraordinarily deep ties to big finance, a man who was a fierce proponent of “stop and frisk” while mayor of NYC, and the biggest Wall apologist alive. Yet this is the man Hillary Clinton’s team is parading out as some sort of hero.
As Bloomberg itself reports:
Michael Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, a timely boost as the candidate prepares to accept her party’s nomination for president.
“As the nation’s leading independent and a pragmatic business leader Mike has supported candidates from both sides of the aisle,”said Howard Wolfson, an adviser to Bloomberg and a former spokesman for Clinton’s 2008 campaign. “This week in Philadelphia he will make a strong case that the clear choice in this election is Hillary Clinton.”
Of course Bloomberg has supported Republicans and Democrats.That’s what oligarchs do.
The endorsement from the former mayor of New York City could resonate with swing voters and Republicans who haven’t warmed to their party’s nominee, Donald Trump.
“Given her demographic targets, Bloomberg is good get for @HillaryClinton,” David Axelrod, chief strategist for Barack Obama’s two successful presidential campaigns, said on Twitter.
The above paragraphs demonstrate perfectly just how mired in a bubble of corruption and cluelessness these people really are. Despite Trump winning the Republican nomination, despite him now leading Hillary in the polls, they still don’t get it. The idea that Wall Street cheerleader and billionaire oligarch Michael Bloomberg has any appeal to the 73% of Americans who think the country is headed in the wrong direction is absolutely preposterous.
But the cluelessness extends to those who are not merely Hillary Clinton sycophants. For example, take this excerpt from a recent postby Robert Reich, who fiercely supported Bernie Sanders in the primary:
This week’s essay: Does Hillary Get It?
Does Hillary Clinton understand that the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment?
I worry she doesn’t – at least not yet.
I’m sorry Robert, but could you possibly be more delusional? How can you possibly think someone who doesn’t understand the above at this point in time is qualified to be President.
Later on in the post, he makes the following suggestion:
Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to move toward the “middle.” In fact, such a move could hurt her if it’s perceived to be compromising the stances she took in the primaries in order to be more acceptable to Democratic movers and shakers.
She needs to move instead toward the anti-establishment – forcefully committing herself to getting big money out of politics, and making the system work for the many rather than a privileged few.
Here was my Twitter response to this absurd notion:
Courtesy of Freedom Outpost