July 23, 2016 – With just one weekend to go before Hillary Clinton is expected to accept her party’s nomination for president, WikiLeaks on Friday released almost 20,000 emails sent and received by Democratic National Committee staff members from January 2015 to May 2016 – leaving journalists scouring for information potentially damaging to the party.
WikiLeaks officials say the emails come from the accounts of “seven key figures in the DNC,” among them Communications Director Luis Miranda (10,770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3,797 emails) and Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not have a major speaking role or preside over daily convention proceedings this week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced raising questions about the committee’s impartiality during the Democratic primary.
“She’s been quarantined,” another top Democrat said of Wasserman Schultz, following a meeting Saturday night.
On Friday, then DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the breach was a “serious incident” and a private contractor has been hired to sweep the organization’s network had “moved as quickly as possible to kick out the intruders and secure our network.”
The leak, released via Twitter, links to a Web page that allows readers to search the DNC email database. WikiLeaks says the release was “part one of our new Hillary Leaks series,” a hint of more information to come.
The emails include communication with journalists and discussions about the news media and incentives provided to party donors who’ll be attending next week’s Democratic convention, as well as details about their backgrounds, including, in some cases, criminal histories.
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Many of the emails discussed how to undermine Clinton’s rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and overall revealed some negativity toward him. There were also emails about when the Sanders campaign improperly accessed Clinton campaign’s proprietary voter information that was housed at the DNC.
Says the Associated Press:
“The emails show that after the furor over the voter records was resolved, hostility simmered from top DNC officials over the Sanders campaign.
In mid-May emails with Miranda, his deputy, Mark Paustenbach, questioned whether the DNC should use the voter record furor to raise doubts about the Sanders campaign.
‘Wondering if there’s a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never had his act together, that his campaign was a mess,’ Paustenbach wrote. Miranda spurned the idea, although he agreed with Paustenbach’s take: ‘True, but the Chair has been advised not to engage. So we’ll have to leave it alone.’ ”
In response to the leaks, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Saturday that the emails show “what many of us have known for some time, that there were certainly people at the DNC who were actively helping the Clinton effort and trying to hurt Bernie Sanders’ campaign.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted Friday, “The Wikileaks e-mail release today was so bad to Sanders that it will make it impossible for him to support her, unless he is a fraud!”
Things they seemed woried about getting out:
> Clinton Charity Aided Clinton Friends > A $2 million commitment arranged by the nonprofit Clinton Global Initiative in 2010 went to a for-profit company part-owned by friends of the Clintons,
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> Mr. Clinton also personally endorsed the company, Energy Pioneer Solutions Inc., to then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu for a federal grant that year, said people with knowledge of the endorsement. > > The company, whose business plan was to insulate people’s homes and let them pay via their utility bills, received an $812,000 Energy Department grant. Mr. Chu, now a professor at Stanford University, said he didn’t remember the conversation.
> The Clinton Global Initiative’s help for a for-profit company part-owned by Clinton friends poses a different issue. Under federal law, tax-exempt charitable organizations aren’t supposed to act in anyone’s private interest but instead in the public interest, on broad issues such as education or poverty.
>> *Subject:* Re: FW: FLAG: NEWS: Politico Exposes Clinton Campaign >> ‘Money-Laundering’ Scheme
>> Hey Josh, since the Sanders camp keeps pushing stories about the money >> laundering, 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.
>> I’m speaking with the editor tomorrow before they post anything.
>> Despite Clinton’s pledges to rebuild state parties, Politico found that >> less than 1 percent of the $61 million raised by the Victory Fund has >> stayed in the state parties’ coffers.
>> “Secretary Clinton has exploited the rules in ways that let her >> high-dollar donors like Alice Walton of Wal-Mart fame and the actor George >> Clooney and his super-rich Hollywood friends skirt legal limits on campaign >> contributions,” Weaver added. “If Secretary Clinton can’t raise the funds >> needed to run in a competitive primary without resorting to laundering, how >> will she compete against Donald Trump in a general election?”
>> “Hillary Clinton says that campaign finance reform is one of the most >> important issues facing our country but her campaign’s use of the Victory >> Fund to essentially launder money proves otherwise,” Weaver said. “You >> cannot exploit a broken campaign finance system one day and vow to get big >> money out of politics the next.”
> Hey everybody – heads up. > > > > Someone named Madeleine Morgenstern with the Washington Examiner (a > right-wing rag based in DC) has been emailing the DNC and state parties > asking for a list of delegates and their personal/contact information. > > > > We do not provide personal information or contact information about > delegates, especially not to right-wing media outlets.