A collection of revelations from the “Podesta Emails” released by WikiLeaks, organized by issue with links to news articles or particular emails. Read full article here.
—Excerpts of paid speeches to banks revealed her coziness with Wall Street and included a statement fully backing a “hemispheric common market.” In other words, she is willing to support a North American Union, the next step after the North America Free Trade Agreement. (Dan Wright, Shadowproof)
—Clinton speechwriter Dan Schwerin planted comments in one of Clinton’s paid speeches to Deutsche Bank that would seem critical of Wall Street if leaked to the public. Schwerin and others considered giving a transcript of the speech to a favored journalist to manipulate the press and make it seem like this is what Clinton was saying to “fat cats” behind closed doors. (Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof)
—Clinton campaign panicked when Clinton said women groups pushed her to vote for a bad bankruptcy form bill because that was not true. (POLITICO)
LABOR AND TRADE
—When SEIU requested support for fast food and child care workers engaged in a day of action as part of the “Fight for 15,” the campaign wondered if Clinton could back the “Fight for 15” without supporting $15 wages. (Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof)
—The campaign drafted remarks for Clinton to address the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before she announced she would run for president. The remarks were written with the understanding that she would likely support the TPP if elected president. (Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof)
—”Hillary Clinton vs. Labor Unions: Clinton aides, including Clinton campaign vice-chair Huma Abedin, were opposed to Clinton attending events involving the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC). (Greg Price, IBTimes.com)
MONEY IN POLITICS
—When lobbyists registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act lined up to bundle funds for the campaign, staff for the campaign questioned whether they should accept money they raised. A list of lobbyists potentially interested in bundling funds was shared over email. Ultimately, they rejected a ban on funds raised by foreign registered agents. (Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof)
—The campaign coordinated with super political action committees or super PACs, even though they are supposed to spend the money independently of a candidate’s campaign. Through collaboration, the campaign and super PACs strategized, researched, and prepared attacks on Sanders and other opponents throughout the election. (Lee Fang and Andrew Perez, The Intercept)
—Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who refused to register as a lobbyist for Aetna, urged top aides of Clinton to support a major health insurance merger between Aetna and Humana (David Sirota, IBTimes.com)
—Morocco government officials believed Hillary Clinton requested a meeting with them. The King committed “approximately $12 million” for an endowment for the Clinton Global Initiative in Africa and to “support the meeting.” She had several opportunities to cancel the meeting but didn’t. Her campaign’s vice-chair, Huma Abedin, wrote, “She created this mess and she knows it.” (Email)Click here for reuse options!
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