When this election is over, regardless of who wins, it will take years to recover from the corruption that is taking place between DC and the media.
On Monday, Wikileaks dumped another set of emails hacked from the account of John Podesta. Included is an email exchange between Politico writer, Glenn Thrush, and Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email reveals that Thrush is writing an article about the Clinton campaign and the tactics it uses to raise funds. At the outset of the email, Thrush permits Podesta to edit his article before it goes to press. Thrush asks Podesta to keep it a secret that he committed such an unethical action.
HERE IS THE PORTION OF THE EMAIL
On Apr 30, 2015 3:00 PM,
“Glenn Thrush” <[email protected]> wrote: >
No worries. Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u. Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this. Tell me if I fucked up anything.
Insiders expressed confidence in Dennis Cheng, the campaign’s relatively unknown campaign finance director, whose selection was seen as a signal the campaign was avoiding another mistake of ’08: The empowering of celebrity donors who crowded out the younger, more aggressive bundlers who helped power Barack Obama’s money machine.
Yet in recent days, as Clinton has assessed her daunting challenge, it’s become clear that the force behind the fundraising operation is campaign chairman John Podesta, who has been quietly cultivating big donors and coordinating fundraising strategy.
Podesta, people close to the campaign, supports the Cheng-led strategy of creating an army of small- to medium-scale campaign bundlers – a “flat” fundraising structure that would give donors the sense of ownership in the campaign. Podesta jokingly refers to himself as the “Sultan of Flat,” but the older generation of Clinton fundraisers and donors interviewed over the past two weeks said they believed the new structure would eventually give way to a more conventional fundraising apparatus that would empower mega-donors on the coasts.
Managing the friction between the old lions of Clinton fundraising – who have no use for the flat org chart — and younger players Cheng hopes to recruit won’t be easy. Cheng recently angered several former Obama fundraisers by offering them their old regional finance jobs – even though they had gone onto to bigger, more lucrative careers in Washington over the years; They turned him down, according to a former Obama campaign official.
Cheng has also been trying to reassure Obama bundlers and even former lower level Clinton Administration aides, who have now grown to have successful careers, that they won’t be left. “Their sense is that unless they raise zillions of dollars, they’re never going to be noticed and certainly never going to infiltrate their already tight-knit inner circle, so why bother,” one New York-based fundraiser said. “Everyone knows who > Clinton’s inner circle is, that they are going to raise a boat load of money with relatively little effort, and that there is little that can be done by a new person to make their mark
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