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Hillary Clinton to headline DNC Forum next month
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Last year, former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile accused Hillary Clinton of using the DNC as her own personal “fundraising clearinghouse” by laundering money donated to the organization for her own presidential campaign. She called Clinton’s fundraising practices “the cancer” of the Democratic Party.
Now, however, the woman who once put the DNC on a paltry allowance while siphoning off millions to satisfy her personal ambitions has been invited to raise money for the committee during an upcoming fundraising event. Clinton is expected to headline the DNC’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum next month in Washington D.C., despite her waning popularity with many Democratic voters who just want to see the twice-failed presidential nominee “ride off into the sunset” and never return.
“Women Will Vote”
The former first lady will be joined by California Sen. Kamala Harris, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander in a fundraising event held since 1993.
Clinton will open the forum at a reception for guest, while Harris — an early favorite to win the party’s presidential nomination in 2020 — will serve as the keynote speaker.
This year, the forum has adopted the theme “Women Will Vote” in an effort to reach 50 female million voters ahead of this year’s elections. However, if a statement Clinton made while in India this year is accurate, Democrats may want women to stay home this fall.
Among the multiple reasons that Clinton has attributed to her 2016 defeat to President Donald Trump is “a sort of ongoing pressure [among women] to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
If women fail to think and vote for themselves, as Clinton suggested, Republicans can expect to grow their majority in the legislature. “We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women,” Clinton admitted during a conference in Mumbai.
Clinton’s invitation to the event is a sure sign of the Democratic Party’s desperation. Since Tom Perez took over as DNC chairman in early 2017, the organization has failed to keep up with their counterparts at the Republican National Committee.
The RNC outraised Democrats by $132.5 million to $67 million, more than doubling their revenue for the crucial 2018 midterms.
Why have Democrats failed to attract donations recently? Perhaps it has something to do with a lack of trust from donors who saw their contributions completely mismanaged the year before, when Clinton effectively took over the DNC in exchange for paying off some of the committee’s debt.
This was a troubling developing for Democrats who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) bid for the party’s nomination.
In an excerpt from her 2017 book, Brazile explained the secret agreement between the DNC and the Clinton campaign which completely compromised the committee’s neutrality:
The agreement … 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. 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.
The DNC’s decision to invite their former shadow administrator to garner support from women voters is a peculiar choice given Clinton’s dwindling base of supporters.
Last month, Democratic North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was asked in an interview when Clinton would “ride off into the sunset.”
Heitkamp’s answer is lost on the DNC, apparently. “I don’t know, not soon enough,” she said.
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