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All Hillary and her army of elite surrogates had to do was sit back

All Hillary and her surrogates had to do was put out this disciplined message over and over:

"Bernie is a good man but he's unelectable. He is not prepared to sit in the oval office and make critical decisions, particularly on foreign affairs."

Seriously, that's all they had to do, and no one could say that they were diving into the gutter. Hillary wouldn't be adding to her unreliability. But they're going full Clinton on him with lying smears, alienating millions they need in the general. I just don't get it. It seems so counterintuitive.

It's not like Bernie has been making the progress he needs to in minority communities. It's not like he has scores of superdelegates.

So why try to destroy him?

When it comes to dishonest smears, Team Hillary clearly believes Go Big

Most attacks from the Hillary camp are stunning examples of the worst hypocrisy, and are Lee Atwater and Karl Rove inspired smears made up of a tiny bit of truth and a whole pile of dishonest shit. They expose themselves as conscience free in their alacrity to fling dishonest crap.

From insisting that Bernie is racist- yes, saying he doesn't care about PoC is calling him racist- to conflating Bernie's having raised money for the DSCC with Hillary's endless scarfing up of hundreds of millions in big and dark money. These lying flacks have declared that a labor pac which supports him and which he has nothing to do with, is equivalent to Hillary's dark money fueled superpacs that she coordinates with by exploiting loopholes in finance laws.

How anyone can support this garbage is beyond me.

Hey Representative Jeffries, Hillary called children, including black kids, Super Predators

who need to be brought to heel. She said these kids have no empathy or conscience. She portrayed them as inhuman. She compared them to the mob.

Congratulations on your hypocrisy, hill flack.


The Sunlight Foundation: Hillary's dark money or What a Tangled Web

We already examined Clinton’s biggest super PAC supporters earlier this week, Priorities USA Action and Ready PAC, plus her official campaign PAC. Now we’re going to dive deeper into the dark money supporting Clinton: the money in groups that don’t have to disclose their donors, and the money that moves from those groups to super PACs that support Clinton.

The groups we’re looking at here are all founded by David Brock, a Clinton enemy-turned-ally who runs a number of liberal super PACs and nonprofits. Some of these groups are directly supporting her; others aren’t, but have donated to the groups that do support her. In addition to the groups we’ve outlined here, Brock is also on the board of Priorities USA, and he’s president of a group called the American Independent Institute, which funds “individual journalism projects, with an emphasis on exposing the nexus of conservative power in Washington.” Just a few weeks ago, Brock bought the progressive news site Blue Nation Review, which will now be headed by Peter Daou, Clinton’s former digital strategist and founder of the Hillary Men project. In 2014, Brock became chairman of the board of the ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which is now located at the same offices as all the groups listed below.

All the groups listed below are located in the same offices: 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Dig into campaign cash with Sunlight tools

Check out Sunlight's Real-Time Influence Explorer to follow the money throughout the 2016 cycle.
For this post, we used Sunlight’s Real-Time Influence Explorer, which allows you to view campaign filings as soon as they hit the Federal Election Commission. We also looked at various groups’ IRS 990 forms, which often only become available more than a year after they’re filed.


Hillary’s controversial American-Israeli supporter

Haim Saban is one of the big money donors of the Democratic party. He brings considerable influence to bear, not just on Hillary, but on the DNC. His sole issue is Israel and making sure that Palestinians continue to get the short end of the stick from U.S. policy. That is not conjecture.


Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl together contributed $5 million to the Hillary Clinton Super PAC—Priorities USA Action—between 2015 and 2016 alone, according to disclosures available on OpenSecrets.org, affiliated with the Center for Responsive Politics.

While the contributions are not surprising from long-time Clinton-backers, $3 million of them notably poured in after the presidential hopeful authored a letter to Haim Saban in July of 2015, seeking advice on “how we can work together” to defeat the growing movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction (BDS) Israel.

In the note, Clinton touted her record of defending Israel “at every turn,” including her obstruction of efforts to hold Israel accountable for war crimes. “I have opposed dozens of anti-Israel resolutions at the UN, the Human Rights Council, and other International organizations,” she wrote.

“I condemned the biased Goldstone Report, making it clear that Israel must be allowed to defend itself like any other country,” Clinton continued, referencing a United Nations fact-finding mission into Israel’s December 2008 to January 2009 military assault on Gaza that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians.

“I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority,” Clinton continued in the letter, which was released by Saban to the press.


Saban has been open about his singular political motive, telling the New Yorker in 2010, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.” He and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson once even weighed the possibility of buying the New York Times, which they dubiously claimed was too hostile to Israel. Saban has funneled his fortune into building up the Democratic National Committee headquarters, as well as the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brooking’s Institute.

As journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman noted in September, Saban joined forces with Sheldon Adelson to pour millions of dollars into pro pro-Israel organizations at U.S. universities with the “explicit intent of suppressing Palestine rights-based organizing.” Saban has since pulled from the joint campaign with Adelson and redirected his focus to getting Clinton elected, as AlterNet’s Max Blumenthal and Julia Carmel reported in October.


Bernie's Mensch like response to Bill Clinton's attacks

Sen. Bernie Sanders believes Bill Clinton’s attacks on him have been inaccurate, he told ABC News today.
And when asked whether Clinton has hit below the belt, Sanders said, "I think so."

“Look, I know he’s going to be out there defending his wife; trust me, my wife will be out there defending me,” Sanders said.

Sanders also pointed out that he has defended Hillary Clinton “against some unfair attacks” in the past, “but I felt that President Clinton said things that were just not accurate and I hope we get" beyond that, he said.

But the Vermont independent said he will not change his tactics on stage as Thursday’s Democratic debate approaches.

“I hope we can debate the issues and how we propose to bring about the changes that America needs,” he said. “That’s the kind of debate I think American people would like to hear, not nasty.”


Cezar McKnight, SC State Rep: Is advocating for the mass incarceration

of non violent drug offenders and backing Job killing NAFTA progressive?


Can you fucking hear us now?

Dear Elected Democrats and other members of the Democratic Establishment,

We think that operating in a corrupt system breeds corruption. We know that even good people inside that system can become blind to how pernicious it is. You can tell yourself that big money from big donors has never and will never effect your vote. But you will pick up the phone when that lobbyist calls. That is access. Access equals influence. Studies have repeatedly shown that. You don't need to know a lot of political history to know how destructive big and unaccountable money is to democracy. It poisons it.

We are telling you we know. We are telling you we can see it happening. We are reminding you that this system is corrupt and that you are part of it. It is your responsibility to help repair it.

$6,000,000 in under 24 hours is a loud wake up call.

We know you can hear us now.

(I took the liberty of speaking for others, but I do feel that a lot of other Bernie supporters think as I do. Hey, if I'm wrong, I'll just self-delete.)

The democratic establishment must be shaken up roday

Not because Bernie won so overwhelmingly in New Hampshire, though that probably is also troubling to them, but because Bernie raised almost $6 million bucks in under 24 hours. That makes him very powerful and a real threat to the status quo. It represents voters who are saying loud and clear, enough.

Hillary is holding 34 fat cat fundraisers in February

Contest over. Congratulations to the winner, farleftlib

Closest guess wins bragging rights. I'll post the number after the first 5 posta

And the winner is farleftlib, though the guess of 15 is way low.

It's 32 but that's not counting the 2 in Mexico.


Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton have 32 fundraisers scheduled this month, according to invitations reviewed by CNN, a considerable investment of time for a presidential candidate who is currently locked in a tight contest with Sanders, a candidate who does most of his fundraising online.

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