It’s really the height of irony, isn’t it? Hillary Clinton has been telling anyone and everyone that will listen that Russia, Jim Comey, and deplorable Trump trolls stole the election from her. Now, thanks to an embittered Donna Brazile, who has a new book to publicize, we know that Clinton herself stole the Democratic nomination from Bernie “Don’t Call Me Crazy” Sanders. Thanks to a fundraising agreement the Hilary camp signed with the DNC in August of 2015, Clinton basically had the entire party by the short hairs throughout the entire primaries. What she said was law, because without her money, the DNC would have collapsed into financial ruin.
A lot of people called Sanders and his legions of BernieBros rotten losers last summer; as we are learning now, they were absolutely right. The whole process was rigged from the beginning, and their candidate got the shaft.
It’s obvious on the face of it that what Clinton and the DNC conspired to do was contrary to our small-d, democratic principles, unethical, and certainly unbecoming of someone who had hoped to become the leader of the free world. But what has yet to be addressed in any serious way is perhaps the more interesting question: Was it illegal?
To be certain, what went on during last year’s primaries was a travesty to anyone registered as a Democrat voter, a black mark on the institution that is the DNC, and a slap in the face to anyone who worked for the DNC not named Debbie Wasserman Schultz – the former chair who appears to be one of the only people in the organization who knew what was going on. But the DNC is, after all of that, a private organization. If they want to rig their contests, is there anything fundamentally illegal about that? Or is it just a boneheaded political mistake?
We will need an investigation to find out, because the answer is not simple. Clinton abused her power with the DNC to skirt several federal campaign election laws so that she could raise far more money than she would have been able to on her own. That’s not just a “rules violation” punishable only by Democrat voters – that’s against the law. And if the FEC finds evidence that Clinton knowingly broke the law to raise more than her fair share of money, she could be in serious legal jeopardy.
The fact that she was actually campaigning on a platform of election finance reform…well, that’s just icing on the irony cake.