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Yesterday (Tuesday), WikiLeaks fulfilled its promise to release more alarming DNC documents.
The DNC leak came from infamous hacker "Guccifer 2.0," who handed it over to WikiLeaks for public distribution.
This round includes further evidence of overt corruption within the Democratic National Committee…
Latest DNC Leak Reveals Dem "Pay-to-Play" Politics
Yesterday's DNC dump revealed that, during President Barack Obama's first bid for the White House in 2008, 57 donors forked over cash to the DNC and the Organized for Action (OFA) group – a community organization that supported Obama.
The list likewise shows that, as of Nov. 28, 2008 – just weeks after President Obama was elected to his first term – the top three donors on the list were granted powerful government positions by the then president-elect.
Have a look at the powerful gigs these well-heeled patrons were granted:
- Matthew Barzun, businessman who worked for CNET Networks at the time, donated $3.5 million. The Obama administration appointed him as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden on Aug. 21, 2009.
- Julius Genachowski, chief of business operations for IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IAC), forked over nearly $3.5 million. He was appointed chairman of the FCC on June 25, 2009.
- Frank Sanchez, co-founder of the CMI International Group (a consulting firm), donated $3.4 million. On March 19, 2010, he was made Under Secretary of Commerce.
After this list and other information (including Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine's cell phone number) went public yesterday, interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile released a statement blaming Russian hackers and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for this most recent breach.
Brazile rose to her position after the original Guccifer hacked the DNC on July 22, resulting in then DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's resignation.
"The DNC is the victim of a crime: an illegal cyberattack by Russian state-sponsored agents who seek to harm the Democratic Party and progressive groups in an effort to influence the presidential election," Brazile said, according to The New York Times yesterday. "There's one person who stands to benefit from these criminal acts, and that's Donald Trump."
Trump's campaign has not yet responded to Brazile's accusation, nor has Russia.
Meanwhile, the full bundle of documents from yesterday's DNC leak has made its rounds across the Internet – to little surprise.
Perhaps because the public was warned that more DNC leaks were on their way…
Or perhaps because people are now starting to accept the reality that "pay-to-play" politics is the norm nowadays.
Top "Bidders" Always Get Rewarded
You see, there is a tit-for-tat relationship between big donors and politicians at every level – national, state, and city. These policymakers need money to fund their campaigns, and, one day, donors may just need to call in a favor.
Check out how much these previous and current top "bidders" have been paid back for their contributions on Money Morning's "Silent Auction for America" site, here…
- The New York Times: New Documents Released from Hack of Democratic Party