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michelle should run for her life and takes the old hag Hillar with her we r tired for seeing them.

America needs a strong leader with ethics like Putin to put an end to the global terrorism.

All these current candidates r like hollywood actors that I dont take them seriously Trump is fool. Hilar should her start her career in the kitchen tv show.

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DNC sought to hide details of Clinton funding deal

Leaked emails show officials tried to obscure fact that Clinton allowed states to keep only a tiny fraction of proceeds from joint fundraising.

By Kenneth P. Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf

PHILADELPHIA — Leaked emails show the Democratic National Committee scrambled this spring to conceal the details of a joint fundraising arrangement with Hillary Clinton that funneled money through state Democratic parties.

But during the three-month period when the DNC was working to spin the situation, state parties kept less than one half of one percent of the $82 million raised through the arrangement — validating concerns raised by campaign finance watchdogs, state party allies and Bernie Sanders supporters.

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, released the day before the opening of the Democratic National Convention here, exposed DNC staffers seemingly undermining Sanders’ insurgent campaign against Clinton. The leak hampered the convention’s mission of uniting the party by convincing fervent Sanders supporters to get behind Clinton. And the controversy forced the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a close Clinton ally accused by Sanders backers of using the party apparatus to undermine them.

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.”

But a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission records shows that very little money from the victory fund went to the states after that point.

Between the creation of the victory fund in September and the end of last month, the fund had brought in $142 million, the lion’s share of which — 44 percent — has wound up in the coffers of the DNC ($24.4 million) and Hillary for America ($37.6 million), according to a POLITICO analysis of FEC reports filed this month. By comparison, the analysis found that the state parties have kept less than $800,000 of all the cash brought in by the committee — or only 0.56 percent.

Officials from the DNC and the Clinton campaign did not respond to questions about why so little of the cash raised by the fund has gone to — and remained with — the participating state parties. But they have previously argued that, even when state parties aren’t receiving cash transfers, they are benefiting from the political infrastructure paid for by money raised by the fund.

The fund represents one of the most ambitious hard-dollar fundraising efforts in modern presidential politics. It was made possible by a 2014 Supreme Court decision in a case called McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission that struck down aggregate limits on total giving to federal campaigns. They had capped donations to joint fundraising committees to $123,200 per person per year.

3,400 for the DNC, and $2,700 for Clinton's campaign.

Clinton’s GOP rival Donald Trump started a joint committee called Trump Victory with the Republican National Committee and 11 state parties. By including various sub-funds within the RNC, it can accept donations as large as $449,400. But Trump has not shown an ability to raise big checks, and Trump Victory and another Trump joint committee had raised only $32.4 million combined through the end of last month, FEC filings show.

The Hillary Victory Fund still had $42 million in the bank at the end of June, and it seems likely that more money will be moved to the state parties in the coming months. Typically, though, national parties steer disproportionate resources to the handful of states that are legitimately competitive in presidential years, often leaving the party committees in other states grumbling.

But what happens to the cash in the Hillary Victory Fund after its initial distribution is left almost entirely to the discretion of the Clinton campaign’s chief operating officer, Beth Jones, who serves as the treasurer of the victory fund.

FEC filings show that, since the inception of the Hillary Victory Fund, participating state parties have received $7.7 million in transfers, but within a few days of most transfers, almost all of the cash — $6.9 million — was transferred to the DNC.

The only date on which most state parties received money from the victory fund and didn’t pass any of it on to the DNC was May 2, the same day that POLITICO published an article exposing the arrangement. But those deposits were token by comparison: each state received $10,000, compared with transfers that were passed on to the DNC as large as $300,000, FEC records show.

Beyond the transfers, much of the fund’s $42 million in direct spending also appears to have been done to directly benefit the Clinton campaign, as opposed to the state parties.

The fund has paid $4.1 million to the Clinton campaign for “salary and overhead expenses” to reimburse it for fundraising efforts. And it has directed $38 million to vendors such as direct marketing company Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey and digital consultant Bully Pulpit Interactive — both of which also serve the Clinton campaign — for mailings and online ads that sometimes closely resemble Clinton campaign materials.

Campaign finance watchdogs and the Sanders campaign had argued that the arrangement represented a circumvention of campaign contribution limits by a national party apparatus intent on skewing the process to help Clinton defeat Sanders, and then win the White House.

And some participating state party officials and their allies grumble privately that Clinton is merely using the state parties to subsidize her own operation, contending that her allies overstate the fund’s support for their parties.

The fund is a bad deal for state parties, said one operative who works with state party committees. State party officials have been buzzing about the WikiLeak emails, said the operative, arguing they show that “the extent to which the game has been rigged goes much deeper at the DNC than what many of us expected.”

In April, when POLITICO began asking state parties about why they weren’t keeping the money being transferred to them from the fund, officials looped the DNC and urged the states to stonewall, according to the leaked emails.

There is no reason to share that level of strategic information with a reporter,” wrote Ohio Democratic Party communications director Kirstin Alvanitakis.

But the emails show that officials and lawyers at the DNC and the Clinton campaign became frantic after POLITICO’s May 2 story, which led to substantial follow-up coverage that put the Clinton campaign and the DNC on the defensive. It led the Sanders campaign to accuse the Clinton campaign of “money laundering” and prompted Politifact to downgrade its rating — from “mostly true” to “half true” — of the claim that the bulk of the money collected by the victory fund would go to down-ballot Democrats.

“The DNC should push back DIRECTLY at Sanders and say that what he is saying is false and harmful to the Democratic party,” Marc Elias, an attorney who advises the DNC and the Clinton campaign, wrote in an email to DNC officials.

CEO Amy Dacey responded “I do think there is too much of this narrative out there — I also worry since they are emailing to their list (which has overlap with ours!)”

In another email, Miranda, the communications director, suggested that the campaign tell other journalists seeking to follow POLITICO’s story that “Politico got it wrong.” But the rest of his email failed to indicate any errors in POLITICO’s story, nor did the DNC or the Clinton campaign seek a correction.

Miranda did not respond to a request for comment.



Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/dnc-leak-clinton-team-deflected-state-cash-concerns-226191#ixzz4FY5vzb6e
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Demi Poovato for president

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Bernie sanders came off like a sore loser and did nothing to unify the democratic party. He springled her name around his speech cause he had too.

When Hillary lost to Obama she came out full force for him. Fact.

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Littlebastard, on 26 Jul 2016 - 5:05 PM, said:

Bernie sanders came off like a sore loser and did nothing to unify the democratic party. He springled her name around his speech cause he had too.

When Hillary lost to Obama she came out full force for him. Fact.

I don't think Bernie is coming across as a sore loser.

His die hard supporters on the other hand......

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If Hillary loses, I blame people like Skin who make Hillary even more unlikeable.

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Bernie just nominated her by acclimation. Historic moment.

What a difference 24 hours makes.

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:clap:

It was a very moving moment and at least as of right now it feels like there is a level of unity in the arena.

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Well I guess Bernie did what he felt he had to do but I'm glad I didn't send him any money.

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Whether you like Hillary or hate her, whether you agree with her or not, you have to agree it was a historic moment for the country. The first woman nominated by a major party in the United States. I shed a tear!

I think Hillary is an amazing politician, but some people I guess want her to be a saint. She's not. I get disagreeing with her politics, but I don't see why some people think she's a horrible person. I don't get the hate directed at her. I find some Bernie supporters really childish and idiotic.

But I thought it was great how he nominated her, it showed real class. Not like Lucifer in the Flesh Ted Cruz at the Republican convention.

I said it before and I will say it again. Madonna is the Queen of Music, Hillary is the Queen of Politics, and Serena Williams is the Queen of Sports!

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Glindathegood, on 26 Jul 2016 - 7:46 PM, said:

Whether you like Hillary or hate her, whether you agree with her or not, you have to agree it was a historic moment for the country. The first woman nominated by a major party in the United States. I shed a tear!

I think Hillary is an amazing politician, but some people I guess want her to be a saint. She's not. I get disagreeing with her politics, but I don't see why some people think she's a horrible person. I don't get the hate directed at her. I find some Bernie supporters really childish and idiotic.

But I thought it was great how he nominated her, it showed real class. Not like Lucifer in the Flesh Ted Cruz at the Republican convention.

I said it before and I will say it again. Madonna is the Queen of Politics, Hillary is the Queen of Music, and Serena Williams is the Queen of Sports!

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Whether you like Hillary or hate her, whether you agree with her or not, you have to agree it was a historic moment for the country. The first woman nominated by a major party in the United States. I shed a tear!

I think Hillary is an amazing politician, but some people I guess want her to be a saint. She's not. I get disagreeing with her politics, but I don't see why some people think she's a horrible person. I don't get the hate directed at her. I find some Bernie supporters really childish and idiotic.

But I thought it was great how he nominated her, it showed real class. Not like Lucifer in the Flesh Ted Cruz at the Republican convention.

I said it before and I will say it again. Madonna is the Queen of Politics, Hillary is the Queen of Music, and Serena Williams is the Queen of Sports!

Theyre giving me lamb and monster vibes/tea more and more by the minute! Most dont even KNOW what or why the fuq they're 'stressing' out over lol! So...they're salty cause earth crunchy sugar grandpa Sanders wont bail you out of debt etc etc..overnight which was absolutely gonna happen lmao and Hillary is stiff and not as 'hip' and cool. While most have even LESS of an fking idea of how much worse (just social issues at the min. which they're equally if not more crazed over!) it would be w/ Dumpster!

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I said it before and I will say it again. Madonna is the Queen of Politics, Hillary is the Queen of Music, and Serena Williams is the Queen of Sports!

??? :lmao:

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??? :lmao:

I corrected it. I suppose you never made a mistake in a post. It must be nice to be so perfect. I couldn't decide whether to put Hillary or Madonna first and that led to the mistake.

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I corrected it. I suppose you never made a mistake in a post. It must be nice to be so perfect. I couldn't decide whether to put Hillary or Madonna first and that led to the mistake.

Keep it! LOL Better w/ it!! :D

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I can't wait for Hillary's perf at the VMAs!!

Well she'll look better in leotards than gaga so there's that

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Madonna is the Queen of Politics as well.

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MAY just say wanna Hillary Clinton- some may think you mean Hilary Duff :# :#

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I corrected it. I suppose you never made a mistake in a post. It must be nice to be so perfect. I couldn't decide whether to put Hillary or Madonna first and that led to the mistake.

Wow. I never realised you were so sensitive. I just laughed at the prospect of Hillary on stage singing and dancing. I didn't threaten your life. :dead:

Sidenote: isn't it interesting that 'Madonna Queen of politics' doesn't irk us in the slightest? She really is the Queen of everything. :inlove::madgemanson:

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I can't wait for Hillary's perf at the VMAs!!

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WHO THE FUCK IS THIS DEMOCRAT GUY SPEAKING?

They're always so unsexy.

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"Oh, she always looks like a gassy Bette Midler!"

- Pud Whacker, 2009

Did I say that? :rotfl:

ITS TRUE!!!

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Yes, I will NEVER forget it and I use it often in real life to describe her.

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:rotfl:

PRAISE JESUS!!!

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OMG if Lena Dunham speaks for Hillary at the DNC, it will do more damage than Skin!!!

SHE WILL TOTALLY LOSE IF THAT LOOSE BAG OF POTATOES SPEAKS!!!

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So happy this convention has turned into the total opposite of the GOP one.

Moving, full of love, hope, unity, actual issues that matter as opposed to the 24/7 "Fear and Loathing in Cleveland".

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Did I say that? :rotfl:

ITS TRUE!!!

yes u did bette midler bastards child :lmao:

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