On September 13,WikiLeaks released more Democratic National Committee (DNC) documents. These documents were released by hacker Guccifer 2.0, and serve as a teaser for the additional leaks to come that will embarrass the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The authenticity of the leaked documents is in some question because they come to us from an outfit which has alleged Russian ties. We cannot be sure that the hackers are ethical enough to provide the documents in their original state. That said, lets assume the documents are for real and offer a glimpse into the corrupt world of politics.
The leaks include more evidence of corruption within the DNC. An email dated May 18, 2016 from Jacquelyn Lopez, an attorney with the law firm Perkins Coie, asked DNC staff if they could set up a brief call “to go over our process for handling donations from donors who have given us pay to play letters.”
Included in the leak is evidence suggesting the Obama administration auctioned off ambassadorships while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Evidence suggests individuals received positions as ambassadors in exchange for their large donation to the DNC and Barack Obama’s Organizing For Action (OFA).
Matthew Barzun, the largest donor, contributed over $3.5 million. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2009 to 2011, and became Obama’s National Finance Chair during his 2012 reelection campaign. He is also now the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
The second largest donor, Julius Genachowski, donated just under $3.5 million to the DNC and OFA, and was appointed chairman of the FCC by Obama in 2009.
Frank Sanchez, The third largest donor on the list, donated more than $3.4 million and exchange was appointed to Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade by Obama in 2010.
A 2013 article published by the Guardian even suggests the pay-to-play scheme the Obama administration set up. “Barack Obama has rewarded some of his most active campaign donors with plum jobs in foreign embassies, with the average amount raised by recent or imminent appointees soaring to $1.8m per post.” according to a Guardian analysis.”
It’s only a matter of time until more leaks are released and further corruption of the DNC, the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton are brought to light. Here is a list of donors and the positions they acquired.
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