Maybe the system was rigged after all.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign team signed an agreement with the Democratic National Committee in August of 2015 that helped ensure she would win the presidential nomination over her rivals including Sen. Bernie Sanders. That agreement, the details of which were largely unknown before Thursday, said that Clinton would infuse the party with cash in exchange for control over the party’s finances, strategy, future money raised, and the right to control staff including the right to refuse the party’s communications director. An aide to the Clinton campaign disputed this last point, telling VICE News that the DNC rejected their pick for communications director.
That nature of Clinton’s joint fundraising agreement was revealed by former interim DNC chair Donna Brazile in an excerpt of her upcoming book published in Politico Magazine on Thursday. Brazile took over the Democratic Party in the summer of 2016 after former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz left in response to the first wave of WikiLeaks email disclosure that suggested the party had been trying to help Clinton.
“I think this is one of the most politically courageous acts by a D.C. insider in a long long time,” Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager in 2016, told VICE News. “I’m sure she’s off a lot of Christmas cards list because of this book.” Sanders’ campaign also signed a joint fundraising agreement but Weaver said it did not give them any jurisdiction over staff. The Sanders campaign also did not utilize it much since they did not have many big-dollar donors.