If you want to convince your liberal friends not to vote for Hillary, you should ask them to read John Podesta’s emails. These emails have provided a treasure trove of information proving how deceitful Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been throughout this year.
Collusion with Super PACs
Hillary promised that she would appoint a Supreme Court Justice that will overturn the Citizens United v. FEC decision. The emails show she couldn’t care less what the laws are because she will break them anyway. In particular, the emails show illegal coordination between the Clinton campaign and Super PACs allied with the campaign.
For example, on November 19, 2015, Guy Cecil, who works for Super PAC Priorities USA, wrote to Podesta, “I just heard we sent you to the wrong address for a meeting today. Just spoke with Kim. It won’t happen again. Sorry about that.”
Podesta cordially replied on the same day at 7:06 PM, “Priorities owes me a pair of shoes. Pouring rain here. It all worked out.”
The Clinton campaign knows you can’t coordinate with Super PACs. Hillary’s campaign flagrantly disregards campaign finance laws.
Certainly Hillary’s National Finance Director, Dennis Cheng, should be aware that this is illegal, but he clearly doesn’t care. On February 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM, Cheng emailed Podesta’s assistant Milia Fisher. Cheng wrote, “I’m working on the call list for our HFA raisers. But wanted to send over 3 very important Priorities USA calls that ideally John can make.”
At 7:48 PM on the same day, Milia forwarded the message to her boss John Podesta. She informs him that, “Dennis is working on the larger list of post-IA HFA calls, but pulled together three top Priorities calls. List attached. I can have all paper printed and ready for you when you arrive tomorrow. Thanks.”
On December 1, 2015, Podesta received an email regarding the seating chart at an event that Podesta will attend with David Brock, who runs a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC. In the email, Mary Pat Bonner tells John Podesta, “Below is the seating chart for this evening and attached is a best of hits for both Correct the Record and American Bridge on the Presidential. Thanks so much and see you tonight.”
Mary Pat Bonner and her firm, the Bonner Group, is one of the most important names among liberal Super PACs. The New York Times did a great profile of Bonner and her company in 2015. This firm has a database of over 70,000 donors. Her biggest client is David Brock. In 2014 alone, Bonner helped Brock raise $28 million for Brock’s Media Matters and for pro-Hillary Super PACs that are affiliated with Brock (Correct the Record, American Bridge, and Ready for Hillary). Bonner made $3.5 million in commission fees from that $28 million. According to the New York Times, Brock and Bonner also share a summer rental home in the Hamptons.
Bonner also has a good relationship with Podesta. For example, on December 23, 2015, she talked to Podesta about receiving a commitment from billionaire Jim Simons. Bonner writes to Podesta, “Hi, I wanted to let you know that I just hung up with Abe Lackman (Jim Simons advisor) who you will recall was at the first dinner you did for us.”
Later in the same email she wrote, “As I am sure you know, Jim Simons just made a large commitment to Priorities (to be paid out in January and March). He told me he is intending to call you on Monday to discuss the importance of CTR and their donation.”
Coordination with the Super PACs, as well as the “neutral” DNC run by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was part Clinton campaign’s strategy to win the Democratic primary from the beginning. Bernie Sanders never had a chance.
In July 2015, the Clinton campaign put out an 18-page strategic memo. On page 16, the memo states that the campaign objective was to “Work with CTR and DNC to publicize specific GOP candidate vulnerabilities on issues of transparency, ethics, and donor favoritism.” Remember, CTR is David Brock’s Super PAC Correct the Record.
These emails show us they are brazenly violating campaign laws in real time. These emails also reveal some of the other dirty tricks in the campaign.
For example, on gun control, Podesta wrote an email on January 8, 2016 to top officials in the Clinton campaign. He points out, “Ron Klain wrote a riff for HRC and sent it to Teddy on guns. We thought it could make a strong Medium post from someone who could really speak to this issue (not HRC and not someone on our campaign).”
Yes, this is the same Ron Klain who was played by Kevin Spacey in the HBO movie Recount as the leader of Al Gore’s 2000 recount in Florida. Ron Klain’s op-ed attacks Bernie Sanders’ voting record on guns.
Podesta wrote in the same email regarding Klain’s draft, “Here’s the draft, which I edited and can personalize depending on who we want to use as an author. A survivor of gun violence? An advocate or family member?”
Obviously Podesta knows that this same article will have more impact if they can find someone who is a victim of gun violence. These people don’t play unless there’s a cynical angle.
The Environment and Qatar
On February 1, 2016, Maya Harris emailed John Podesta complaining how Hillary Clinton signed Tom Steyer’s NextGEN pledge. Once Greenpeace heard of this, they asked the Clinton campaign to sign their pledge.
Maya wrote in the email, “As you know (and suggested), we’ve been trying to follow a no-pledge-signing policy. Not to mention, Greenpeace’s pledge includes a commitment not to accept contributions from fossil fuel interests.”
So when you are arguing with your liberal friends, tell them that Hillary wouldn’t sign a Greenpeace pledge because she didn’t want to be deprived of donations from “fossil fuel interests.”
This doesn’t just include oil companies in America. On April 16, 2012, Podesta received an email concerning the Clinton Foundation from Amitabh Desai. Desai is the Director of Foreign Policy at the Clinton Foundation. Before joining the Clinton Foundation in 2007, he served as a Legislative Aide in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office.
Amitabh wrote that he had met with ambassadors from Qatar, Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda on behalf of the Clinton Foundation on April 12, 2012. He mentioned that the Ambassador of Qatar “Would like to see WJC ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011.”
If the Qataris are reading this column, I just want them to know that my birthday is in December and I will happily give the ambassador five hours of my time in exchange for a million dollars.
Another pay-for-play scandal from the Clinton Foundation that we learned of through John Podesta’s emails was from Morocco. They promised $12 million on the condition that Hillary Clinton would attend a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) event in Morocco.
In January 2015, Huma Abedin emailed John Podesta, and Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook, “Just to give you some context, the condition upon which the Moroccans agreed to host the meeting was her participation. If hrc was not part if it, meeting was a non-starter.”
Huma reminded them in the same email that, “This was HRC’s idea, our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request. The King has personally committed approx $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting.”
Huma seemed to understand that the optics were bad for Hillary to go to a foreign country, on Clinton Foundation business, just before the launch of her presidential campaign. Huma concludes the email by saying, “She created this mess and she knows it.” Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton went to the Morocco conference instead, and the $12 million hasn’t been returned.
Fight for $15
While Hillary Clinton will commit to a number with the King of Morocco, the campaign refused to commit to raising the minimum wage. On April 14, Clinton campaign advisor, Anne O’Leary, wrote:
When I spoke at the Democracy Alliance today, a number of our friends came up to say that they hope to see HRC put out something supportive on “4-15” in the Fight for $15. Of course, they most want us to come out for $15, but absent that they expect that she tweets support for their efforts.
In the same email, Anne asks, “Can we do something creative to support efforts without coming out for a number?” In other words, she was asking if there was some way the campaign could lie to these people without any political consequences.
She also lied to people about opposing TPP. On March 21, 2015, Hillary’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, wrote an email saying, “This week, they’re releasing a letter from former DNC chairs endorsing the deal.” He then asks his campaign team three questions:
1. “Do we think this thing is actually going to move–or can we just hang back?”
2. “If we do think it’s moving, do we want her to announce her support via letter before we announce the campaign so we can press “reset” with labor during annoucement [sic]?”
3. “What should we prep her to say at the AFSCME event?”
This shows that they were ready to support TPP as late as March 2015. It was only later that year when Hillary came to the political conclusion that she could not support the bill in its final form. It is possible that she’ll resume her support for TPP after the election.
The campaign knows Hillary is a liar. Much of the emails show how hard the campaign works to explain away the incongruities in her web of lies.
In one email, Mandy Grunwald, who has worked for the Clintons since the 1992 campaign, and also worked for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in 2012, wrote to Ann O’Leary on February 7, 2016.
Referring to the fact that Elizabeth Warren condemned Hillary for flip flopping on the 2005 bankruptcy bill, which saw Hillary favoring her benefactors on Wall Street, Mandy wrote, “As Ann knows, Elizabeth believes the facts are simply not on our side and she has a very good case that we do not want her to feel pressed to make to the media.”
I agree with Mandy there is a “good case” that Hillary Clinton is a dishonest person. Hillary will govern as she campaigned, with frequent illegality and duplicity. Remind your liberal friends of that, while there’s still time.