Debbie Wasserman Schultz takes it on the chin again, this time in Donna Brazile's new book, "Hacks: "The Inside Story … That Put Donald Trump in the White House," being published by Politico and due for release next week.
In the meantime, in its Wednesday edition, Politico Magazine spoon-feeds us a no-holds-barred excerpt from the one-time Democratic National Committee insider's book.
What Brazile does is lambaste former DNC chairwoman Wasserman Schultz, painting her as careless, ineffective and ultimately unethical in order to cover her backside -- turning the party over to Hillary Clinton in the summer of 2015.
She wrote that Wasserman Schultz didn't make cuts to DNC staff following the previous election cycle and that led to a ballooning budget double what Brazile had seen as interim chair five years earlier. Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Clinton's campaign, allegedly told her the party needed $3.5 million to $4 million to conduct operations each month.
"Debbie was not a good manager," Brazile wrote. "She hadn't been very interested in controlling the party -- she let Clinton's headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn't have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was."
Brazile also accuses former President Barack Obama of "neglect" for leaving the DNC "in significant debt."
The easy answer for Wasserman Schultz, Brazile writes: Hand the party and its finances over to Hillary -- a full year before she officially earned the nomination. That's something no political party ever does until a nomination is certain. In August 2015, Bernie Sanders was still a legitimate and viable presidential primary candidate, rising in the polls against Clinton.
Brazile describes the fundraising agreement -- entirely under Wasserman Schultz's watch -- between the Hillary Victory Fund, Hillary for America, and the DNC that stipulated Clinton would control the “party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised” in exchange for Clinton raising money and investing in the DNC. Again, it was signed long before Clinton became the nominee.
Realizing the truth "broke my heart," Brazile said.
She described the party's financial situation as Obama's second term was winding down. "Obama left the party $24 million in debt," she wrote, "$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign, and had been paying that off very slowly.
"Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016. Hillary for America (the campaign) and the Hillary Victory Fund (its joint fundraising vehicle with the DNC) had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance."
It was Brazile who took over as interim chair of the DNC after Wasserman Schultz abruptly resigned days after the Democratic National Convention. But CNN fired her as a contributor to the network's political coverage when the network discovered she had slipped at least one question to Clinton in advance of its town hall debate between Clinton and Sanders.
Brazile claims she and other DNC officials had no idea of the agreement Clinton's campaign made with the DNC to keep it afloat in exchange for giving her the keys to the party, essentially freezing out Sanders.
"The agreement, signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias, specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party's finances, strategy, and all the money raised," Brazile writes.
"Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings," Brazile wrote.
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