The Democratic National Committee (DNC) continues to face a class-action lawsuit charging that it coordinated with the Clinton campaign to commit fraud against Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries.
The case was opened after a series of leaked documents surfaced last summer, showing that DNC officials colluded to undermine Sanders during the party primary.
Shortly after the damaging documents leaked, Jared Beck, a Harvard law expert, filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of residents of 45 states against the DNC and former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Fox News reports that the DNC sought for several months to have the case dismissed, and had a brief moment of victory when it was found that paperwork was incorrectly filed. But, Beck has continued to hold the DNC accountable at every turn, demanding the party reimburse Sanders supporters for contributions made during the election, alleging the DNC misappropriated funds.
“If we can’t trust the two political parties to run an election in a fair manner, who can we trust?” Beck told reporters.
During a recent hearing on April 25 in southern Florida, DNC attorney Bruce Spiva argued the DNC has the right to select its candidate anyway it sees fit and is not bound by pledges of fairness, which is likely to send Sanders’ supporters into a tailspin.
“We could have voluntarily decided that, ‘Look, we’re gonna go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way.’ That’s not the way it was done. But they could have. And that would have also been their right,” Spiva argued.
As stated in Article 5, Section 4 of the Democratic Party charter, it outlines that it will function with complete neutrality during the Democratic primaries, though Spiva argued there was “no contractual obligation.”
The lawsuit is yet another nail in the coffin of the deeply troubled Democratic Party, of which its outcome has the potential to greatly impact how the party conducts business for decades to come.
Additionally, the DNC filed a motion to dismiss in a second class-action lawsuit, which alleges that DNC workers were not paid a minimum wage during the election, while others were refused overtime compensation required under federal and state law.
Although the individuals participated in party-building activities, such as voter registration, soliciting volunteers and knocking on doors, the national party argues they were not officially DNC staff.
Attorney Justin Swidle, who is assigned to the lawsuit, stated: “We believe in fair pay for fair work. The lawsuit seeks only that. We believe these ideals are consistent with the platform of the DNC.”
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