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Brazile Alleges Clinton Rigged Democratic Primary

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Former Democratic National Committee chairperson Donna Brazile found evidence that Hillary Clinton's campaign rigged the Democratic primary contest for the 2016 election, Brazile alleges.

Brazile describes the investigation she conducted into the Democratic Party's finances and the presidential primary campaign in the weeks following the party's 2016 convention, according to an excerpt from Brazile's book, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House" published by Politico.

Brazile described an agreement she uncovered between the Clinton campaign and the DNC that specified in exchange for funding the DNC, Clinton's campaign would have control over the DNC's budget, strategy, staffing, data operations and mailing.

"If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead," wrote Brazile, according to Politico. "This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party's integrity."

She noted she suspected something as soon as she took over at the DNC, shortly after emails hacked from the Clinton campaign had been released.

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"As Hillary's campaign gained momentum, she resolved the party's debt and put it on a starvation diet," wrote Brazile. "It had become dependent on her campaign for survival, for which she expected to wield control of its operations."

Brazile explained how the party was used to enable donors to provide additional financial support to Clinton through the Hillary Victory Fund, which was set up as part of the joint agreement.

"Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund -- that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement -- $320,000 -- and $33,400 to the DNC," added Brazile. "The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, But all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to Brooklyn."

Brooklyn was home to the Clinton election campaign.

Jeffrey Weaver, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders' former campaign chair, told CNN in a Nov. 2 interview that he remembered several instances in which actions by the DNC appeared to favor Clinton.

"The behavior the DNC engaged in was egregious, undemocratic and it can't be allowed to happen again," Weaver told CNN.

Sources: Politico, CNN / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Tim Pierce/Flickr, Jake Bucci/Flickr

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