Leaked DNC Emails Confirm Democrats Rigged Primary, Reveal Extensive Media Collusion

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There are three key findings to emerge from yesterday's dump of leaked DNC emails released by Wikileaks:

  • There had been a plot designed to smear Bernie Sanders and to hand the Democratic nomination to Hillary on a silver platter
  • There has been repeated collusion between the DNC and the media
  • There has been questionable fundraising for both Hillary Clinton and the DNC

First, a quick recap for those who missed the original report, yesterday Wikileaks released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is what the whistleblower organization reported:

WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee -- part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finanace Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.d

Subsequently, the Romanian hacker known as Guccifer 2.0 (who has denied he works with the Russian government), who has already released hundreds of hacked DNC emails previously, told The Hill he leaked the documents to Wikileaks.

An initial read of the thousands of emails in the data dump reveals top officials at the Democratic National Committee privately plotting to undermine Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, confirming a long-running allegation by the Sanders campaign who has claimed that the DNC and Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz had tipped the scales in favor of Hillary Clinton during the party’s presidential primary. They also reveal instances of media collusion as well as various questionable instances of fundraising.

Plotting Against Bernie Sanders

In an email from early May, DNC CFO Brad Marshall wrote about a plot to question Sanders’s religion. While not naming the Vermont senator directly, it talks about a man of “Jewish heritage” Marshall believes to be an atheist. It makes reference to voters in Kentucky and West Virginia, two states that were holding upcoming primary elections. 

“It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist,” the email says.

“AMEN,” DNC Chief Executive Officer Amy K. Dacey replied.

Marshall did not respond to a request for comment. But he did tell The Intercept, which first noticed the email, “I do not recall this. I can say it would not have been Sanders. It would probably be about a surrogate."

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In an email that concerned Sanders out-polling Clinton in Rhode Island, where the state reportedly only had a fraction of voting stations open, one staffer took a contemptuous tone of Sanders’ supporters,  speaking about them more as a nuisance than an arm of the party. “If she outperforms this polling, the Bernie camp will go nuts and allege misconduct,” the staffer writes, “They’ll probably complain regardless, actually.”

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Another email shows similar 'us and them' language being directed at Sanders supporters. “We have the Sanders folks admitting that they lost fair and square, not because we 'rigged' anything,” the email said. “Clinton likely to win the state convention with a slim margin and we'll send a release with final delegate numbers.”

* * *

An email titled 'Bernie narrative' sent by DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach to Miranda indicates that top officials in the party were trying to find an angle to disparage the Vermont senator in the media.

“Wondering if there's a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess,” Paustenbach wrote in the May 21 message. “Specifically, [Debbie Wasserman Schultz] had to call Bernie directly in order to get the campaign to do things because they'd either ignored or forgotten to something critical.”

“It's not a DNC conspiracy, it's because they never had their act together,” Paustenbach suggested.

* * *

Wasserman Schultz seemed to have already counted Sanders out of the race in a May 21 email, when there were still nine primaries to go. “This is a silly story,” the chairwoman said. “He isn't going to be president.”

* * *

In another email, Paustenbach informed her that Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said the candidate should continue to the convention, Wasserman Shultz said: “He is an ASS,” referring to Weaver. The chairwoman made her opinion clear about Sanders in an message concerning the candidate alleging that the party hadn’t been fair to him.

“Spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do,” she said.

Collusion with Clinton and the media

A communication from late May laid out the pros and cons of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accepting an invitation to CBS’s 'Face the Nation', and indicated that the DNC was plotting its moves based on what would be amenable to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Clinton campaign is a mess, they’re afraid of their own shadow and didn’t like that we engaged,” DNC communications director Luis Miranda wrote. “But they’ll be unhappy regardless, so better to get out there and do some strong pivots and land good punches on Trump. They can’t tell us NOT to do TV right now, we shouldn’t pull ourselves out until they actually do.”

“It’s clear that Bernie messed up and that we’re on the right side of history,” Miranda wrote in another bullet point, referring to the Nevada convention.

“Let's take this offline,” Wasserman Schultz said in response. “I basically agree with you."

Wasserman Schultz and Miranda brainstormed ideas to attack Sanders’ position on the Israel/Palestine conflict with her communications team in one thread, with Wasserman Schultz saying that "the Israel stuff is disturbing” in reference to Sanders’ platform committee appointees attempts to include language denouncing the occupation of Palestinian territory in the Democratic platform.

The chairwoman says that the idea “HFA,” or Hillary For America, originally proposed the idea of using Israel/Palestine as “an ideal issue to marginalize Sanders on,” suggesting that the DNC were exchanging communications about anti-Sanders strategies with the Clinton campaign.

* * *

The DNC also made a secret “agreement” with Kenneth Vogel, an influential report for Politico. An email from late April with the subject line "per agreement... any thoughts appreciated" shows that Vogel sent an advanced copy of a story about Hillary Clinton’s fundraising to the DNC even before his editor even saw it.

“Vogel gave me his story ahead of time/before it goes to his editors as long as I didn't share it,” DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote to  Miranda. “Let me know if you see anything that's missing and I'll push back.”

The published version of the story did not appear to have any significant edits from and was not favorable to the Clinton campaign, but the sending of a full, advanced copy to the subject of a story is considered to be a violation of journalistic ethics.

A source with familiar with the interaction between Politico and the DNC told RT America that the message was sent to officials to ensure accuracy in the story, and that it would have been difficult to ask for piecemeal clarifications due to its complexity. The “agreement,” in fact, referred to the DNC promising not to pass the story to a more favorable news outlet who might publish before  Politco.

* * *

Another email released in the Friday leak indicates that the DNC was in close contact with news websites on articles related to the Democratic Party. A Real Clear Politics article said that Sanders supporters were causing a lack of unity at the Nevada Democratic Convention.

“This headline needs to be changed,”  Wasserman Schultz wrote to Miranda.

“We need to push back... Patrice, what happened, DNC had nothing to do with this, right?” Miranda replied, referring to DNC Director of Party Affairs Patrice Taylor. Taylor responded saying that the article should be changed the event was run by the state party and the disorder “sounds like internal issues amount [sic] Sanders supporters.”

“Walter, please connect with Stewart and get him to push back,” Miranda wrote. The last email on the thread says: “Done. Article has been updated.”

* * *

Further evidence of the DNC's extensive "content control" over mass media was revealed when Wasserman Schultz sent an email to NBC anchor Chuck Todd with the subject line "Chuck, this must stop," and set up a time for the two to talk about MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski calling on Wasserman Schultz to step down.

In another email chain, Miranda said Brzezinski was willing to talk with Wasserman Schultz. "She's already served as a judge and jury without even bothering to talk to me. Not sure why I should trust having a conversation with her would make any difference. Or that she even matters, to be frank," Wasserman Schultz wrote back after a brief exchange.

In response to a New York Times story about Sanders's defiance in the wake May's unruly Democratic state convention in Nevada, Wasserman Schultz wrote: "Every time they get caught doing something wrong, they use the tactic of blaming me. Not working this time."

* * *

To be sure, there has been a long trail of instances that confirmed Wasserman Schultz's clear and repeated bias, as noted most recently in "DNC Head Threatened To Kick Michigan Mayor Out Of Debate For Cheering Bernie Sanders", however this is the first time primary sourced evidence has justified such allegations.

There seems to be clear bias in the aggregate as well. Searches of the database shows an apparent bias by DNC officials against Sanders just by how closely either campaign was monitored. A search of “Sanders supporters” yields 306 messages, while a search of “Clinton supporters” shows only 65 results. A search of “his campaign” yields 780 messages, while “her campaign” only brings up a paltry 120 results.

Questionable Fundraising

According to the Daily Beast, the DNC blocked Roy Black from hosting a potential Barack Obama fundraising event. Black is the lawyer of billionaire and level-three sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, after reports on Epstein’s trial from The Daily Beast and other outlets. The email states the DNC would still allow Black to donate and attend future events.

In an email thread from May 12th of this year, titled “Host for POTUS in Miami,” DNC finance assistant Karina Marquez originally asked the committee’s vetting team to “vet the following folks for POTUS please.” The list of six possible hosts for the event included Black and his wife Lea, who is a star on Real Housewives of Miami.

“We were also asked to vet the following for POTUS hosting. The only issue is Roy Black,” DNC Deputy Compliance Officer Kevin Snowden wrote back. “New issues have come up since his last vet in February 2016.”

In a third email, DNC deputy finance director Laura Lopez clarified: “Roy Black has been submitted to potentially attend meetings with (Jim) Messina—there isn’t an event code yet. He and his wife co-hosted a fundraiser for POTUS in 2007, all the stories are new since then.” Messina is the CEO of the Messina Group political strategy firm and led President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012.

“All the stories” refer to, in part, a 2011 Daily Beast investigation called “Behind Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Sweetheart Deal” which was cited in a follow-up story in the New York Daily News, and other articles that are later embedded into the email thread. To close off the chain, White House political advisor Bobby Schmuck responded that he agreed with DNC compliance director Alan Reed. “No hosting, fine to attend,” he wrote.

President Obama attended a Miami fundraiser at the home of Robert Rubenstein, one of the five other names listed in the vetting email, on the weekend of June 3rd, and Black was allowed to attend.

Black’s client Epstein was convicted of soliciting sex from an underage girl in 2008 and paid out settlements to “scores of alleged victims who said he serially molested them."  President Bill Clinton was said to have flown on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express,” up to 26 times, sometimes eschewing Secret Service protection.

* * *

There were further revelations.

An internal email from DNC spokesman Eric Walker mocked a Buzzfeed news report analyzing the DNC and the Republican National Committee’s potentially weak cybersecurity.

Another email shows DNC staffers’ fake craigslist job posting made for women who wish to apply to jobs at one of Trump’s organizations. The fake position, titled a Honey Bunny, requires the prospective applicant to, among other tasks, refrain from gaining weight, be open to public humiliation and be alright with groping or kissing by her boss.

Another email between DNC national finance director Jordan Kaplan and DNC’s Northern California finance director Erik Stowe has Kaplan coarsely describing a conference call with President Barack Obama on National Small Business Week as related to “small business sh*t.”

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With the leaks coming just days before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia it may reignite controversy over the DNC's handling of Sanders as well as media "objectivity" and Democrat fundraising, three of the most sensitive issue plaguing the Democratic party, and could potentially lead to an exodus of disappointed Bernie supporters into Trump's camp.

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otschelnik's picture

If Hillary is elected Julian Assange is going to die of old age in the Ecuador Embassy in London.   FREE JULIAN! 

y3maxx's picture

...Evidence just keeps piling up against her,

but she's proving to the true Teflon Queen of all time.


auricle's picture

If Bernie is going to act, he better act fast. 

Deathrips's picture

They are all bankster Shills

 Fuck them!


Roll The Guillotines!!



Handful of Dust's picture

"Crooked" Comey will get right on it!

knukles's picture

Call me Jack's surprised dog's anal pore leakage

FGH's picture

I wonder if "the media" will ignore this, too?

847328_3527's picture

Hopefully Bernie Sanders supporters wake up and switch to trump cause Hillery is going to screw them good and hard with her TPP support, massive job losses, higher taxes, moar war, et al.


Bernie Sanders supporters seem to forget that Hillery Clinton supported Bush's lies and voted to invade Iraq while Donald trump vocie strong opposition to Bush's war.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) 847328_3527 Jul 23, 2016 12:54 PM

"There has been repeated collusion between the DNC and the media"

OK... Who really thought that the media and the DNC were two separate entities?  I mean, these guys regularly, openly, go from paid democrat staffer jobs to paid "news" media jobs and back again.

eatthebanksters's picture

Perhaps Assange will actually come through this time and release some of Hillary's personal emails that he has bragged about having, and threatened to release.

I don;t understand how people are SO fucking blind or in denial to vote for this bitch or the Dem party.  Its shit like this that will set off a civil war.  When the USA becomes third world and rigged elections determine who is the leader of the free world, then its time for change from the gorudn up, the hard way.

Remember, Hillary isn't just representing the establishment interests in the USA, she represents big money and big business around the world...time to make sure she never wins the election.  Get off your asses, grab your friends, go to the polls and vote Trump.

SilverSphinx's picture


I'm going to vote what I believe.

I'm voting Libertarian.

Manthong's picture

Oh F me…

Don’t even try  to tell me that the Soros/Murderock/Bush/Clinton/Snake-Oil- Rockefeller/Kissenger/Blair/Blankfien/Dimon cabal is at work here.


WordSmith2013's picture



DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Blows Up The Democratic Party
The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) WordSmith2013 Jul 23, 2016 5:31 PM

Democrats have devolved into the immoral, liars of America.  It's a disgraceful party that many don't want to believe has become what they are today.

Barney Fife's picture

Amen to that. Republicans suck just as much. Every bit as immoral as the Democrats. You forgot to point that out so I did it for you. 

Manthong's picture

I have a relative.. Cousin of the wife…

She has lived in Brussels for the last dozen or so years.

Not entirely stupid.. she works in tech and speaks three languages fluently, ..English.. Nazi and Frog.,

But for all her smarts.. she cannot tell me what GS Mario D. was doing in 1999.


Burticus's picture

The DemonRATs are just plain evil and the RepubliCONs say one thing but do the same as the RATs.

Face it, there is only one ruling political party in 'Murka.  The RAT & CON divisions of the ruling party pretend to fight, but are holding hands like fags behing the curtain, agreeing on virtually everything.

While I will concede that Trump has the longest trunk and biggest tusks in the elephant herd, I did not hear anything in his acceptance speech about shedding the Fed, downsizing FedGov to 10% of its current size, ending eternal war all over the planet, stopping surveillance of 'Murkin citizens, jailing & hanging banksters, etc.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Barney Fife Jul 24, 2016 10:19 AM

While the Republican Party is awful, I believe the Democrats take the cake by a wide margin.

Manthong's picture

"DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Blows Up The Democratic Party...

"..does that mean that her greasy curled locks sponteanlessly combusted?

38BWD22's picture



Some info for anyone who wants to dig some (smile):

Wikileaks's database of DNC emails: 


Debbie's email addys:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz <hrtsleeve@gmail.com>,

DWSChairOffice <DWSChairOffice@democrats.org>

Be nice now...!


sleigher's picture

Johnson picked a close friend of Hillary for running mate.  There isn't a libertarian candidate for president this cycle.  At least not in that party...

Barney Fife's picture

Gary Johnson is an ass. I wouldn't vote for him but he is an effective vehicle to avoid choosing between Mrs. Asshole or Mr. Asshole. 

Douglas1949's picture

If you vote Johnson you will get Killary - i.e. effectively, a vote for her.

Burticus's picture

Parroting the ruling party line...if you vote for C, it's really a wasted vote for B and evil A will win.  Spare me...


BarkingCat's picture

You seem to forget is that Trump is the FU to the republican establishment.

indygo55's picture

Manthong, you left out Rothschild. Why?

Manthong's picture

Omigosh... an oversight of the most grevious extent...





The proper pronunciation is


..not Roth's child as they want you to say it.

...just like the where the F did the  "House of Windsor"" come from..


"The House of Windsor came into being in 1917, when the name was adopted as the British Royal Family's “official name by a proclamation of King George V, replacing the historic name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. It remains the family name of the current Royal Family. “


it's kind of hard to muster up everybody to hate the Keiser when he is your cousin.

..but the bankers will find a way to finance hate.


new game's picture

add a few hundred moar billionaires/central bankers to round out the list of our true leaders.

all this is about is who will shape out OUR future. less than .01 vs 99.99 percent.

my bet is on the money, the .01, with crappy odds, but a sure winner; and for this reason i will not be wasting one second of my life voting. democracy is an illusion for the divided sheeple to bicker about.

have a nice trump vs TC (teflon cunt), day... lol ...

TC for the sure win.

mark my words...

eatthebanksters's picture

And waste your vote...how fucking stupid can you be.  It's like saying I'm going to stand on the fron lines to oppose a war...you're gonna get killed.  At least pick the option that can win that best represents your interests...even if its Hillary.  Just don't waste your vote to be cool and protest. Voting Libertarian or Green in this election is the same as saying I don't have the balls to make a  hard choice...why even vote at all...stay home so the polling lines won't be so long.

mkucstars's picture

I call out bullshit propaganda!

The only wasted vote is the one not cast.

F Hillary and the endless bankster wars.

F Trump and his racist self serving pompous ass.

Gary Johnson is the only vote that makes any sense.

Hopefully enough will realize that come November.


Dancing Disraeli's picture

So, enforcing existing law is racist?  Who knew?

Keyser's picture

Go easy on him, after all he's an idealist, something that gets you fuck all in this day and age... 

McCormick No. 9's picture

The only wasted votes are those manipulated by fraudulent electronic voting machines.

How many votes wasted is that?

All of them.


Barney Fife's picture

Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!. That didn't take long before the mindless drivel of "throwing your vote away" reared its ignorant head. 

azusgm's picture

I voted for Ron Paul in the 2008 and 2012 primaries and wrote him in for president in those general elections. This year I will vote for The Donald with no hesitation. Hillary Clinton as President of the United States of America is one of the worst nightmares I could ever imagine.


If you want to see what "Vote Trump" signs look like, drive past my yard this fall.

IMO, Trump is the strongest and best Republican presidential candidate we have had since 1984. Finally.

turnoffthewater's picture

1984 was the last time I voted and did for Ross Perot. Saw it coming and here we are today trying to take America back again but this time most everyone has the internet and can seek the truth.

imppress's picture

I live in Maryland.

A vote for Hilary will only add to her (local) landslide.

A vote for Trump is a futile gesture for a hopelessly ill-prepared blowhard.

Hil's goign to win Maryland but I don't approve of her.

A Trump vote pegs me as mindless opposition.


My vote for Gary Johnson will be a demonstration of my revulsion to Hilary that isn't caught up in partisan noise. 

Until your state goes purple, you should vote for the candidate whose message you wish to convey.

By advocating supporting entrenched major party positions (majority / minority in solid red or blue states) you recommend sending a message that says "I am pleased with what the  two party system has wrought."

If you like your major party, go for it. If you find both major parties flawed, and you live in Utah, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Alabama, Illinois, or Wyoming, your vote will be meaningless, regardless of which party you vote for.


Further, contributing to the two-sidedness of your state encourages candidates to ignore your voters and spend no money or time in the local economy trying to win votes. Your opportunity to give candidates marching orders is zip.

Fostering a political monopoly or fruitlessly attempting to push your flawed minority party towards parity (minus demographic upheaval that makes such a goal possible) is unhealthy for both parties. With no serious opposition, extremism is encouraged in primaries. Whack jobs with no pragmatism, nor flexibility get installed more or less permanently.

Consistent voting for third parties by dissatisfied voters of both sides threatens established power. If they note the threats come from abandonment of both parties, the major party candidates would start to wonder what they could do to shore up their numbers. It is third party voters who will explain what policy changes they want before returning support.

A strong Libertarian showing that threatens to hand elections to Democrats will encourage Republicans to drop their Bible thumping.

A strong Green Party showing will encourage Democrats to stop being so cozy with leviathan banking.

If you just vote for the opposite party, you tell the major party in control to change everything which just ain't gonna happen. You'll have no input in changes they make to strengthen.


Voting third party in solid red or solid blue states is the decision that takes balls. More importantly, it is the choice that is likelier to obtain results you want. (as low as those probabilities admittedly are.) Do you think it takes courage to join a crowd or does it take more to risk telling people you vote for a small gaggle of hopeless idealists? People tend to congregate with like-minded peers. You risk nothing when you tell them you take the same road they do. Where's the conflict? Where's the challenge to their comfort zone telling them you vote for issues rather than tribes? Balls. my friend? I'm a registered Democrat (Maryland has closed primaries, only self-satisfied fools are independents in Maryland), but I know which parties have massive amounts of courage (if less practicality). It ain't on my team or yours.

Barney Fife's picture

You are getting so many downvotes because these people STILL believe that you are throwing your vote away. 

I know what you are doing. Your vote is one of conscious and one that effects to help deligitimize the two-party charade. People think that you are "throwing your vote away" because they STILL believe in the system (how amazingly pigheaded) and hence think that you should be voting for "the lesser of two evils". 

That, and Gary Johnson is an ass. LOL I bet it is both. 

PTR's picture

I've never voluntarily voted for the lesser of two evils, because I've never been okay with having an Evil in a position to make my life any more miserable than it needs to be.


People that think a vote for a non-establishment candidate don't seem to understand how elections fit into the Matrix.

buyingsterling's picture

Turn in your guns now. Just cut to the chase.

Golden Phoenix's picture

I consider myself libertarian with a small 'L'. Libertarianism as a party has it's head up its ass.

Consider Gary Johnson 'The threat of radical Islam is greatly exaggerated' as he touts open borders.

He should try telling that to the survivors and families of Orlando, Fort Hood, Chatanooga, etc. etc. etc.

One of the few legitimate responsibilities of the government is the protection of life and Johnson has shown himself incapable of defending anyone.

He was a great presidential candidate but then he got high, then he got high, then he got high.

sleigher's picture

Something happened anyways.  Johnson is definitely different than he used to be.  Especially when he picks a democrat to be his running mate.  It's as if every party is infiltrated and not just the R's and D's.  Maybe it's time to look at the Constitution Party?  Although there are many  to choose from.   Most of them look like socialist outfits though.  


VinceFostersGhost's picture



I'm going to vote libertarian


And.....no one is going to care...

Conchy Joe's picture

a liberetarian vote is effectivelt a vote for Hillary

give your money to libritarians after the election - mayve they will have a chance next time - but it's a wasted vote this time

kill switch's picture

So what!!


I'm voting for the left handed Lithuanian party. That's what I believe..

PTR's picture

Again, there are a lot of people who are still asleep and plugged into the Matrix.  To them, she's a perfect fit for the Programming.

Itinerant's picture

Will the media report about the media colluding ?

To ask the question is to answer it.

Kids tend to answer questions like this with: Duuhh!

nmewn's picture

Poor poor Chuck Todd, I fear his donkey manufactured image of "press fairness" could be permanently damaged beyond repair by all this...


...first Piers Morgan, then David Gregory, now Chuck Todd.

At this rate of expose' they will run out of smirking, condescending, elitist, progressive pricks sometime in the fall 3026 by my estimate ;-)