Clinton's DNC deal included time travel
Some people are saying that the special deal that Clinton had with the DNC was only for the general election, and there is a CYA disclaimer about that at the bottom of the document. But the document also says:
1. With respect to the hiring of a DNC Communications Director, the DNC agrees that no later than September 11, 2015 it will hire one of two candidates previously identified as acceptable to HFA.
September 11, 2015 was well before the primary started (the Iowa caucus was on February 1st, 2016). And i don't know what good being alerted about primary candidates would do during the general election. There's also just the obvious fact that once Clinton was bankrolling the DNC, clearly they would have understood that they were working for her.
Notably, it's just (i say with loving affection) internet nerds trying to claim that the agreement was only for the general. Clinton's COO can be seen here trying to downplay their degree of control, not claiming that they didn't have any:
Charlie Baker, the chief operating officer of the Clinton campaign, said that in 2015 the campaign agreed to raise money for the parts of the DNC that were going to be most crucial to the general election, including data, research, communications and the like. The agreement also gave the Clinton campaign some say over personnel. If there was a vacancy for a position in one of these departments, the DNC had to consult the campaign on the three finalists but could make the final decision itself.
And here's Clinton's press secretary Brian Fallon trying to say that Bernie could have had the same deal (if he had been aware of it to ask for it, and if he could have gotten rich megadonors to funnel money to them). Again, he's not trying to claim that they didn't have this deal during the general, just that Bernie could have had it too.
These guys may eventually get the talking point memo that the agreement was only for the general, but at the moment that's not the spin they're going with. The NBC article that Fallon is reacting to shows how the CYA language was being used in practice:
But Clinton's campaign also negotiated a side deal, first reported by NBC News on Friday night, that gave it influence over staffing and other decisions at the DNC during the primary, but with the stipulation that it only affect preparations for the general election and that other candidates could strike a similar deal.
You can begin "preparing" for the general at any time. Even before the primary starts, as we see was the case. And if preparing for the general also means ensuring that you make it to the general, so be it.
For what it's worth, the NBC article also pre-emptively addressed Fallon's claims:
However, Sanders' joint fundraising agreement with the DNC, signed in November, 2015, which was also obtained by NBC News, does not appear to include a supplemental deal.
By fnord12 | November 4, 2017, 11:38 AM | Liberal Outrage