WikiLeaks has struck again, this time dumping 19,252 emails from the Democratic National Committee between January 2015 to May 2016. Here are five revelations from the leaked emails.
1. The Hillary camp may have requested the DNC to commit an FEC violation.
The link in the aforementioned tweet goes to a May 19 email thread between Justin Klein, whose email address features "@hillaryclinton.com" and Jordan Kaplan, national finance director of the DNC. In the thread, Klein informs Kaplan he's sending him a series of checks, one of which is a $144,100 check from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.
"Please note the first $100,200 should be allocated to the convention fund, while the remaining $43,900 should be allocated to the building fund," Klein wrote. "Let me know if you need anything on our end regarding this donation."
Klein then asked for someone named "Alex" to confirm the checks have been received.
According to the FEC's website, the campaign contribution limit for nonmulticandidate PACs is $100,200 per account in a year.
Kaplan lashed out at Klein in response, seething: "Don't send me an email like this again. You know Alex. Don't be a dick."
2. The DNC constantly schemed against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). An email sent from DNC national press secretary Mark Paustenbach to communications director Luis Miranda talks of forming "a good Bernie narrative for a story" involving how he "never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess":
Specifically, DWS [DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz] had to call Bernie directly in order to get the campaign to do things because they'd either ignored or forgotten to something critical.
She had to call Bernie after the data breach to make his staff to respond to our concerns. Even then they didn't get back to us, which is why we had to shut off their access in order to get them to finally let us know exactly how they snooped around HFA's data.
Same was true with the standing committee appointments. They never got back to us with their names (HFA and even O'Malley got there's in six weeks earlier) for the committees. So, again, the chair had to call Bernie personally for his staff to finally get us critical information. So, they gave us an awful list just a few days before we had to make the announcements.
Paustenbach concluded his email by asserting that the narrative would exonerate the DNC from the narrative that there was some sort of "conspiracy" against Sanders.
Another email from DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall to Paustenbach, Miranda and CEO Amy Dacey suggests getting someone to grill Sanders on his religious beliefs for the Kentucky and West Virginia primaries:
It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.
According to RT, numerous emails within the DNC focused on trying to quell the anger rising from Sander's cries of a "rigged" system.
3. The DNC frequently colluded with the media. An email from Miranda to NBC News host Chuck Todd on May 18 involves Miranda asking Todd to pass along a series of links to "the Morning Joe team"–hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski–in response to their criticism of the DNC's treatment of Sanders.
Todd responds, "You think the call is a good idea?"
"Not necessarily. If Mika just doesn't like her, I'm not sure it's worth either of their time. I've lowered her expectations, but don't know. If you think Mika is set in stone I'm happy to kill it," Miranda wrote back.
In other words, Todd, a supposedly objective journalist, and the DNC were discussing how to fight back against the Morning Joe team's criticisms of the DNC.
Another thread shows that Politico's Kenneth Vogel emailed an entire story to the DNC for their "thoughts" as part of an "agreement" before he submitted it to the editors.
Additionally, RT points to the following email exchange over an article about the Nevada Democratic Convention:
A Real Clear Politics article said that Bernie Sanders supporters causing a lack of unity at the Nevada Democratic Convention.
“This headline needs to be changed,” said Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who serves as Chairperson, or top official, of the DNC.
“We need to push back... Patrice, what happened, DNC had nothing to do with this, right?” Luis Miranda wrote, referring to DNC Director of Party Affairs Patrice Taylor.
Taylor responded saying that the article should be changed the event was run by the state party and the disorder “sounds like internal issues amount Sanders supporters.”
“Walter, please connect with Stewart and get him to push back,” Miranda wrote. The last email ion the thread says: “Done. Article has been updated.”
4. The DNC also frequently carried water for Hillary. A lengthy email thread in May shows the DNC and the Clinton camp discussing how to respond to a Politico story that concluded that fewer than one percent of the donations raised by the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee, went to the state Democratic Parties despite Clinton's pledges to help them. Sanders's campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, accused the Victory Fund of being a money-laundering operation.
In the thread, Miranda alerts the Clinton camp how the DNC is going to respond:
We’re prepping a Medium post from either our CFO or our CEO we want to run by you. It will sharply state that the criticisms are wrong, etc. basically our talking points in a Medium post format with some extra detail. Since it’s your HVF we want to make sure you guys are good with it, and with the push back. We’ll send you the draft once it’s ready, but wanted to put it on your radar.
There's also this from RT:
One communication laid out the pros and cons of Wasserman Schultz accepting an invitation to CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and indicated that the DNC was plotting its moves based on what would be amenable to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
An apparently point on the ‘pro’ side was that Wasserman Schultz could make it clear that
“Clinton campaign is a mess, they’re afraid of their own shadow and didn’t like that we engaged,” Luis wrote. “But they’ll be unhappy regardless, so better to get out there and do some strong pivots and land good punches on Trump. They can’t tell us NOT to do TV right now, we shouldn’t pull ourselves out until they actually do.”
“It’s clear that Bernie messed up and that we’re on the right side of history,” Luis said in another bullet point, referring to the Nevada convention.
“Let's take this offline,” Wasserman Schultz said in response. “I basically agree with you.”
5. The incentives for being a top Democrat fundraiser are...lavish.
Not exactly the kind of behavior one would expect from a party that claims to stand for the little guy.