Rigged Democracy – Nearly 10% Of Democratic Party Superdelegates Are Lobbyists

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

On July 25, these superdelegates will cast votes at the Democratic National Convention for whomever they want, regardless of primary and caucus outcomes. Democrats like to describe superdelegates as mostly elected officials and prominent party members, including President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

 

But this group, which consists of 21 governors, 40 senators and 193 representatives, only makes up about a third of the superdelegates. Many of the remaining 463 convention delegates are establishment insiders who get their status after years of donations and service to the party. Dozens of the 437 delegates in the DNC member category are registered federal and state lobbyists, according to an ABC News analysis.

 

In fact, when you remove elected officials from the superdelegate pool, at least one in seven of the rest are former or current lobbyists registered on the federal and state level, according to lobbying disclosure records.

 

– From the ABC News article: The Reason Why Dozens of Lobbyists Will Be Democratic Presidential Delegates

When it comes to presidential primaries, there isn’t a whole lot of “democracy” in the Democratic Party.

Last year, The New York Times published an article examining the American attitude toward the question of money in politics. This is what it found:

Americans of both parties fundamentally reject the regime of untrammeled money in elections made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other court decisions and now favor a sweeping overhaul of how political campaigns are financed, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

 

The findings reveal deep support among Republicans and Democrats alike for new measures to restrict the influence of wealthy givers, including limiting the amount of money that can be spent by “super PACs” and forcing more public disclosure on organizations now permitted to intervene in elections without disclosing the names of their donors.

As evidence of just how lopsided opinion is on the subject, see the following graphic:

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You might think the supposedly “liberal” Democratic Party would take this sort of thing to heart, but you’d be wrong. Not only is the super delegate system intentionally undemocratic, but a remarkable 9% of superdelegates are actually lobbyists.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

From ABC News:

Hillary Clinton holds a substantial edge among a particular and little-noticed kind of delegate to the Democratic National Convention: Superdelegates.

 

On July 25, these superdelegates will cast votes at the Democratic National Convention for whomever they want, regardless of primary and caucus outcomes. Democrats like to describe superdelegates as mostly elected officials and prominent party members, including President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

 

But this group, which consists of 21 governors, 40 senators and 193 representatives, only makes up about a third of the superdelegates. Many of the remaining 463 convention delegates are establishment insiders who get their status after years of donations and service to the party. Dozens of the 437 delegates in the DNC member category are registered federal and state lobbyists, according to an ABC News analysis.

 

In fact, when you remove elected officials from the superdelegate pool, at least one in seven of the rest are former or current lobbyists registered on the federal and state level, according to lobbying disclosure records.

 

That’s at least 67 lobbyists who will attend the convention as superdelegates. A majority of them have already committed to supporting Hillary Clinton for the nomination.

Of course they have.

Superdelegates are unique to the Democratic nominating process. Of the 4,763 delegates who will attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, 717 will be superdelegates — almost a third of the total required to win the nomination.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate and current Democratic Party superdelegate, Howard Dean, shared his personal thoughts on democracy via Twitter the other day.

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Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:06 | 7298729 NidStyles
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I hate these people. I've never hated anyone in my life until I started reading about these people. These traitorous fuckers that are interfering with the system constantly.

 

If someone poisoned them all I would cheer nude in the street.

 

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:17 | 7298784 SuperRay
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Fuck Howard Dean

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:25 | 7298810 palmereldritch
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They should re-name themselves the Super Democratic Party!

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:29 | 7298822 knukles
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Not to split hairs, but the Supers are by and large appointed by the DNC.  The DNC is beholden to Real Big Establishment Money. 
Thus, guess what.  Lobbyists or not, they're pledged to Real Big Establishment Money Interests.
Go figure.

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:47 | 7298879 cheka
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fox biz channel says 1 in 7 are lobbyists

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:00 | 7298927 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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From dictionary.com:

noun
1. a person designated to act for or represent another or others; deputy; representative, as in a political convention.

Maybe you should change the name so as not to confuse people Dean.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:04 | 7298960 LongMarch
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Any questions?

Yes. What does Marcellous Wallace look like?

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 02:30 | 7299276 philipat
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The fact that they aren't ashamed and embarassed bout their electoral system tells you all you need to know about US "democracy"..if your vote mattered, they wouldn't let you vote?

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 05:34 | 7299414 VinceFostersGhost
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We clearly need to call the BIS.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 07:15 | 7299487 nmewn
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Yes.

The same sort of people using the same tactics & accountanting methods as the BLS which reveal themselves by their own numbers, meaning, we could have a nation of zero employment (that is to say, 100% unemployed) and they would stand before the people waiting in soup lines or for EBT and tout their fantastic economy with it's unemployment rate of...0%.

Numbers never lie, liars with numbers do ;-)

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:33 | 7299979 HopefulCynical
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What does Marcellous Wallace look like?

What?!

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:07 | 7300345 Stlouiemike
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What country you from?

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 02:31 | 7299278 philipat
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The fact that they aren't ashamed and embarassed about their electoral system tells you all you need to know about US "democracy"..if your vote mattered, they wouldn't let you vote?

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:47 | 7298897 El Oregonian
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So all our spilled blood and treasure was pretty much for naught? Well, I'm pretty much standing aside when the blood and treasure is required of these traitors..

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 02:51 | 7299318 undertow1141
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Super Outstanding Democratic American Party of Progressives------  SODAPOP

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 04:10 | 7299359 WOAR
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Shoot Howard Dean. He's not going to change his opinion just because you're pissed, and he's going to run your life how he feels it should be run, until you fucking do something.

"Violence is never the answer...but it is an answer."

-WOAR

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:38 | 7300005 HopefulCynical
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... he's going to run your life how he feels it should be run, until you fucking do something.

Exactly correct. They count on the public not bothering to make an effort to throw off their chains.

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:39 | 7298862 Frankie Carbone
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Nids, Normally I wouldn't upvote something like this, but your last line had me laughing my ass off so hard that I just had to toss a kudos your way. 

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:16 | 7298983 medium giraffe
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I'm amazed that he's rocking that avatar yet still seems surprised by this.  Take two Bastiats and have a lie down Nidster.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:00 | 7298940 Demdere
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The two parties live on donations from oligarchs, compete for the same funds from the same oligarchs.

Serving the interests of the oligarchs is primary, even winning elections secondary.  After all, by the election, the parties have already spent their $.

Form follows function.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 03:31 | 7299338 SoDamnMad
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So Nids,  If I poisoned them all, You will grant me exlusive rights to market your nude photos in my "Hall of Heroes" campaign tour?

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 04:12 | 7299361 WOAR
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Do it to them like they did it to Flint, Michigan.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 04:05 | 7299356 wildbad
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the "system", THEIR "system" is running just perfectly thank you very much ( in a pants suity kinda tone ).  a 10% buffer in a pre-rigged race aint a bad place to start.

just in case THAT doesn't get em over the finish line, the supreme court now has the Scalia pillow over the face "sleeps with the fishes" message to keep them on track.

 

the system is working JUUUSST fine.  its just different from the one we learned about in dummy indoctrination school

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 05:15 | 7299400 Thom_333
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Color me surprised...

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 09:24 | 7299763 rubiconsolutions
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One man, one vote huh? Fuck democracy!

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:05 | 7298732 Tarzan
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One of the many reasons they need to cheat, cheating!  They Cheat because they must to win.  They must to win, because they cheat, thus Washington DC is a Pariah, eating it's nose in spite of it's face...

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:09 | 7298752 stant
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Banana republic .

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:46 | 7298889 cheka
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true.

 

if bananas are kosher

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:21 | 7299008 Full Nelson
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koshers are bananas

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 07:57 | 7299546 KesselRunin12Parsecs
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In AmeriKa... Yes, we have no bananas, (but we do have a lot of AIPAC lobbyists. So we have that going for/against us)

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:25 | 7299021 r0mulus
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You said it. It is insane, but it looks like we are witnessing the breakdown of both the GOP and the Democrat Parties. GOP has fully broken down and Democrat party is teetering on the edge with the super-delegate con.

If Bernie doesn't win the nomination on account of super delegates forcing Clinton upon America's self-described 'liberals', it will shatter the Democrat party without hope of recovery. There isn't a single rationally minded "liberal" that can agree that the concept of "super delegates" is in any way compatible with "democracy". That would not be forgotten, or forgiven, by their grassroots, without whom's support the Democrat party cannot hope to win anything.

...But now that Trump is nearly assured some sort of bid, Hillary is the establishment's last chance to retain complete control for the next election cycle! Should be pretty interesting to watch them not destroy both their horses (two party system) in the same calendar year.

 

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:30 | 7299043 stant
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^^^^^^^^^^^ this is coming and the .gov corp owned media can't stop it

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:32 | 7299048 medium giraffe
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Liberty tree needs watering.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:59 | 7299106 ebworthen
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My Son and his friends, early 20's, can't stand Hitlary.

The D.N.C. is risking much more than an election.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 02:31 | 7299263 r0mulus
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*correction "Should be pretty interesting to watch them try not to destroy both their horses (two party system) in the same calendar year."

guess i need to drink a bit less while hedging! :)

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:11 | 7298758 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Howard Dean 
‎@GovHowardDean

@D_Born @BernieSanders Super delegates don't "represent people" I'm not elected by anyone. I'll do what I think is right for the country"


Riiiiight. Howard Dean doing what's 'right' for the country. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:00 | 7298941 Normalcy Bias
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Dean is crazier than Manson on half a sheet of Windowpane.

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:11 | 7298761 Vint Slugs
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Mike Krieger:  this is all known fact but it has little-to-no relevance.  It's a democrat party structural given.  So what?

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:25 | 7298806 TeamDepends
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So what?!?! Pretty soon the commies start eating each other. Why, it is rumored that Wasserman-Schulz was served on wafer-thin free trade Triskets with fava beans and a nice chianti just yesterday.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 01:34 | 7299179 Which way to th...
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With a suitable blue cheese to hide the stench.

Bubbles

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 02:13 | 7299237 zhandax
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And a ghost chile to hide the taste

Burp

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:25 | 7298767 Cabreado
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We're in post-"party" times... The party is over.

Look for the guy who simply wants to save his country.
And to that end, the guy who sucks at politics.

And then worry most of all about a corrupt and defunct Congress.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 00:09 | 7298975 To Infinity And...
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It's scary what/who a populace will accept when they have been pushed too far. History has some ideas.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 01:04 | 7299122 divingengineer
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That's fine, until they blow your head off and blame it on a mental patient.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 05:52 | 7299412 Ungaro
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You are close, Cab! FEDERALISM is dead, this country is too large and diverse to be fairly governed as a single entity. Just as the founders have intended, the states and the people should have the power and not fe(de)ral gummint.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:01 | 7299856 Farqued Up
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"Congress ain't worth a flying fuck, but mine is such a good one, unlike the rest."

So, the gangrenous shit rocks on unabated.

NO INCUMBENTS

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:14 | 7298774 TradingIsLifeBrah
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Can a system be rigged when it was designed to be rigged?  When was the US ever a real Democracy?  The whole purpose of the Super Delegates is to take power away from the citizens, its a joke.

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 23:53 | 7298918 Dr. Bonzo
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When was the US ever a real Democracy?

This is a valid and worthwhile question worth debating. Probably never. Certainly not for blacks and women. Not for the common Joe, ever. On the flipside, maybe the common Joe didn't have legislative power through the vote, but he had his freedom. For a while, that was all he needed. The country was big and full of opportunity. That's all the common man needed. Some elbow room and no one riding his back.

Now we still don't have legislative power, we're knocking heads over everything with everyone and we've all got fed monkeys on our back. There you have it.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 02:25 | 7299260 zhandax
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This country was never intended to be a democracy but boy has that placard been used to fuck it up beyond all recognition.

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 06:06 | 7299435 LA_Goldbug
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