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What Do Donna Brazile's Revelations Mean For the Future of the DNC?

by Countable | 11.6.17

What’s the story?

When an excerpt from the upcoming memoir by former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Donna Brazile was published in Politico Magazine on November 2, a firestorm erupted in the Democratic Party. Questions of whether the 2016 Democratic presidential primary was "rigged" in Clinton’s favor and whether Brazile’s timing is undermining the future of the Democratic Party have dominated many a left-leaning news feed ever since.

Why does it matter?

The excerpt featured in Politico offered Brazile’s first hand account of taking over the Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential election. She discovered how deeply in debt the party was and agreements forged with the Clinton Campaign to bail out the party, which Brazile believed tilted the party apparatus unfairly in Clinton’s favor.

Brazile was clear in the excerpt and in subsequent statements that the primary was not "rigged", in her estimation, to ensure that Clinton won. But she believes that the joint fundraising agreement between the Clinton campaign and the DNC gave the Clinton camp undue influence over party decision-making and funds. Money that would have normally funneled to state parties to support down-ballot races instead got funneled up to the Clinton campaign, equating, some have alleged, to money laundering.

However, others have pointed out that the agreement was legal and left the door open for other candidates to make similar agreements with the DNC. The Sanders campaign also had a joint fundraising agreement with the DNC that they never actually used.

Then, on Sunday the Washington Post reported that Brazile contemplated replacing Clinton as the nominee with former Vice President Joe Biden after Clinton fainted following a 9/11 memorial celebration. Current Party Chairman Tom Perez called the idea "ludicrous".

Since the excerpt release there has been a flurry of in-fighting among Democratic figures. One hundred members of the former Clinton campaign penned an open letter accusing Brazile of being taken in by Russian propaganda and decrying the depiction of the inner workings of a campaign that she wasn’t actually privy to. Former Sanders supporters like Matt Taibbi, on the other hand, have pointed to the Clinton-DNC relationship as an example of DNC leadership's increasing disregard for democratic principles.

Meanwhile, current Party Chairman Tom Perez has released a statement that looks towards the future, outlining the ways that the DNC will increase transparency and accountability to their constituents in order to ensure that the 2020 presidential race does not suffer from the same issues.

What do you think?

Are you a Democrat? What do you think Brazile’s revelations mean for the past, and future, of the party? If you're not a Democrat, what's your view on this from outside the party?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Tim Pierce via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Ashlea
    11/06/2017
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    I’m a left-leaning independent but feel both parties suffer from serious corruption issues. This just further shows the corruption among the Democratic Party and the need for new party structures. We shouldn’t be basically forced to choose between two parties.

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  • Ernest
    11/06/2017
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    The Clintons bought and paid for the nomination. They were up to their eyeballs in the Russian dossier fraud to try and steal the presidency. Make no mistake- this was an attempted coupe-de-tait (spelling?) this situation screams for a real special investigator!!! Rudy Giuliani comes to mind!!

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  • Dale
    11/06/2017
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    As a Republican, I think its awesome. Thank you Donna. Thank you.

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  • Bluewitsend
    11/06/2017
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    I would like to see legislation to get the money out of politics. We need to take notes from Canada. They do a much better job of limiting the money that can be part of the political process.

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  • NanceinNJ
    11/06/2017
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    This is a fruitless exercise based on partial info. The Clinton agreement established to save a financially hemorrhaging organization. That agreement made clear that it excluded activities associated with the primary. Other candidates could and did enter into joint fund raising agreements. In the end, these discussions unfortunately distract from the very real issues we have in hand with Trump in the WH. I have no doubt that Putin and Trump are delighted with Donna’s big “bombshell.” If the liberal contingent wants to participate in this circular firing squad, then we will be destroying the real opportunity we have to Take Back Congress in 2018.

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  • Burnell
    11/06/2017
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    Clinton stole the primary from Sanders. I believe she needs to be investigated on getting debate questions ahead of time and her ties the Lynch and the tarmac meeting with Bill as well as Comey suddenly dropping her investigation. There’s too many red flags that really should be investigated. The Clinton foundation should be investigated as well to determine who was involved with this fraud.

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  • Robert
    11/06/2017
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    I’m sorry to say that both parties are corrupt. The only way to straighten this out is to take the money out of Washington, between lobbyist and campaign funding the American public doesn’t stand a chance or get any representation. Campaigning should be no more than four months, if you can’t get your message out in four months time you probably don’t deserve the office.

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  • Kathy
    11/06/2017
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    I am a fierce democrat as to be a republican now means being an immoral white supremacist bent on social and ethnic cleansing and corporate takeover. We were raised republicans and though we often disagreed we agreed we were moral patriotic people , both parties. We no longer believe this and folks in my family are patriotic and no longer republicans now after realizing that the republicans and trump cabinet colluded with Russia. I support democrats monthly , both with money calls and writing and I REFUSE to get drawn back into squabbling. The current Party Chairman Tom Perez has released a statement that looks towards the future, outlining the ways that the DNC will increase transparency and accountability to their constituents in order to ensure that the 2020 presidential race does not suffer from the same issues. I am a progressive democrat who will make sure this happens! I donate very small amounts every month to ALL democrats and I am not alone.

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  • P
    11/06/2017
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    Dems are a dead party. Been moving right for decades. Progressives are moving towards formation of new party.

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  • Vanessa
    11/06/2017
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    What a cheap shot at trying to make a buck...She should take her new book propaganda and go home...

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  • Heather
    11/07/2017
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    Finally the spot light will be turned in the right direction! The Clintons have gotten away with murder (literally) for so many years. Call me crazy, but the Clintons are far more Putin-esque than President Trump. And I guess the DNC was for sale, Hilary bought it with the $150 million she got from Russia for the Uranium One deal. Sorry, Dems, but the writing is smeared all over the wall. Let’s not forget Comey and that little farce he played last year, calling Hilary’s actions careless instead of calling her grossly negligent. The felonies are really adding up, aren’t they?

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    11/06/2017
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    I believe it means that Liberals will come together in Solidarity to support progressive candidates across the board, that represents REAL people, and equality for all human beings, not corporations. (Cannot even refer to people as people anymore due to unethical and immoral Conservative ideologies). The DNC has observed and participated in their share of corruption, as well, and may be likely ready to progress forward with a unified movement with the rest of the liberal-minded Citizens of this Country. Just like in successful business, placing people first, will always achieve success and greatness. The customer is always right. We The People are the Customer and pay services ethically. Corporations sneak through back doors and make unethical deals to steal the Country from the Owners, or shareholders, the actual tax payers. The DNC and Liberals will come together to put an end to unethical Conservative practices that harm people, the environment, wildlife and many small businesses, as well as the economy.

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  • Matthew
    11/06/2017
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    Bernie knew about this the whole time. Weren't his wife and him just in trouble for embezzling money? This fake socialist was even kicked out a commune cause they found him useless.

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  • Michael.J.L
    11/06/2017
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    Both Democratic (and especially) the Republican Party have lost their way since the 1980's. What we need is a 3rd party (A true Bernie Sanders type Progressive Party). Polls consistently show Americans are moving that way. Bernie in poll after poll was shown from day 1 he would beat any of the GOP candidates by double digits, yet the DNC supposed Clinton.

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  • KansasTamale
    11/06/2017
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    As a Progressive I am very disappointed in both Hillary’s book & Donna’s - the Clintons gave the DNC lots of money before the election and expected an accounting. Not sure why that was wrong. Bernie brought lots of money into the Democratic Party, but was treated as an outsider, which in truth he was. They need to come together and work out the differences in the party & go after Trump & ALL HIS LYING, hard hearted, non-constitutionally abiding cohorts.

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  • HockeyGuy
    11/07/2017
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    Wake up, Democrats! You are losing the youth in and out of our Party! What will you do to make our lives better? If you have a good message and a good plan to help us, you do not need to raise a lot of money, we will vote for you. If you are busy raising money and not fighting the Republican agenda, then you will lose my vote and the votes of other Democrats and independents. It is not enough to sit by and hope the Republicans will implode. Help them implode by opposing every piece of legislation they put forward.

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  • Joseph
    11/07/2017
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    Call her “Da Bus” cause she doesn’t care who she throws under it. DB doesn’t have any more integrity than the Clintons. I don’t consider it strength to admit fault when you’ve already been found out.

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  • David
    11/07/2017
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    Finally, some one big enough to stand up to the Clinton machine. Hopefully she doesn't end up in a box like others who doublecrossed the Clintons.

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  • Mary
    11/07/2017
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    Yahoo whistleblowers!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • T
    11/07/2017
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    If you are a Democrat...shame on you for supporting such corruption. The lies that Clinton. Debbie W Schultz & the DNC have told are absolutely unforgivable. We live in a democracy. The wealthy Clinton establishment was able to buy a candidacy. If I was a Bernie supporter, I would be livid. Although Bernie’s thoughts on policy are flat out crazy; he is a pretty nice guy. A much better person than Clinton. Did everyone notice the LACK OF COVERAGE from CBS, NBC, ABC & CNN?

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