Rigged Democracy: Troubling Number of Hillary’s Superdelegates are Actual Lobbyists

March 15, 2016   |   admintam

The Democratic Party’s unpledged superdelegates include dozens of registered lobbyists, the majority of whom are supporting Hillary Clinton.

Barry Donegan
March 15, 2016

(TRUTHINMEDIA) A new report found that some Democratic superdelegates are also registered lobbyists.

In the Democratic Party’s presidential primary process, superdelegates are party insiders who are allowed to vote for the candidate of their personal preference rather than on the basis of caucus or primary vote totals. While many superdelegate appointments are given to party activists and former and current elected officials, some have also been given to donors, including lobbyists.

According to ABC News’ analysis, of the 463 superdelegates who are not current or former elected officials, 67 are current or former registered lobbyists. There are 717 superdelegates in total who will vote among the July 25 nominating convention’s 4,763 delegates.

Zerohedge pointed out the fact that known lobbyists make up around 9 percent of the total number of superdelegates.

RELATED: DNC Chair: Superdelegates Exist to Protect Party Leaders from Grassroots Competition

A majority of the lobbyist superdelegates have already pledged their support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton is currently leading in the race for superdelegates, as 450 have already endorsed her candidacy versus 19 who are openly backing U.S. Sen. from Vermont Bernie Sanders. The remaining 248 have not yet indicated who they intend to support.

The Intercept’s Lee Fang wrote, “Although they make up only a small proportion of the superdelegates, the presence of lobbyists in such a potentially decisive role adds fuel to the critique that the Democratic Party is influenced by monied special interests. In recent months, the DNC quietly repealed rules instituted by Barack Obama that banned lobbyists from donating to the party.

RELATED: Reality Check: Democrats Have a Superdelegate Problem

The Democrat superdelegate system is a corrupt process designed to let insiders and lobbyists overturn the will of voters,” said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

Should it come down to the superdelegates, the Democrats will be nominating a fellow insider under FBI investigation, and viewed so unfavorably that she couldn’t defeat a 74-year old self-avowed Socialist at the ballot box,” he added.

According to Politico, Clinton campaign spokesperson Jesse Ferguson said of Clinton’s edge among superdelegates, “We are proud of the strong support we have from elected leaders, Democratic Party officials, grassroots activists and volunteers all across this country who are helping Hillary Clinton earn the nomination.

When asked last month about his odds of picking up superdelegate votes, Sanders struck an optimistic tone and said, “I think if we continue to do well around the country and if superdelegates – whose main interest in life is to make sure that we do not have a Republican in the White House – if they understand that I am the candidate and I believe that I am who is best suited to defeat the Republican nominee I think they will start coming over to us.

The Democratic superdelegate system sparked controversy earlier this year when Hillary Clinton obtained more delegates in the New Hampshire primary than Sen. Sanders, despite his overwhelming victory at the polls that day, primarily due to the preferences of superdelegates. Watch Ben Swann’s CBS46 Atlanta Reality Check report on the New Hampshire delegate debacle below.

Hillary Clinton was trounced in the New Hampshire Primary and yet thanks to the way the DNC rules work, she actually won the most delegates. Is the primary system a huge scam?

Posted by Ben Swann on Thursday, February 11, 2016


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    2015 BRIBE LIST
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  6. Sure America, lets VOTE 4 More of This>>
    $HILLARY's SENATE RECORD & Other Facts:

    CITIZENS UNITED………. SUPPORTS IT / USES IT
    (allows millions of $ from corporate interest to pour into the political process to fund campaigns by SuperPACs)

    WELFARE REFORM ACT …………SUPPORTED IT
    (as 1st lady, hillary advocated/lobbied for big cuts towards the needy & homeless in '96 to reduce gov.spending. Military spending increased by 9 billion afterwords)

    DOMA ……………. … . VOTED FOR IT
    (Defense Of Marriage Act, prevented equal rights for alternative marriage)

    NAFTA FREE-TRADE ……….. . . . . . SUPPORTED IT
    (as 1st lady, hillary advocated/lobbied for it, resulted in lost U.S jobs by companies out sourcing for cheaper labor abroad)

    PRISON PROFITEERING …….. . …SUPPORTS IT
    (as 1st lady, hillary advocated hard lobbying up many votes on capital hill for the "Crime Control & Law Enf. Act of '94" amping up Reagan's 'War On Drugs' black/hispanic hoods turned into police states by random stops and searches in these hoods sparking the mass incarceration we see today. till this day hillary's against lighter sentencing for non-violent offenders like marijuana users, Prison Donors fund HRC)

    KEYSTONE PIPELINE… ….. . . . . . .SUPPORTED IT
    (will result in emanate domain, taking lands from citizens so Oil Companies can profit, hillary has recently flipped on this issue for political convenience)

    BREAK UP BIG BANKS …………. . . ..AGAINST IT
    (to avoid another "too big to fail" fallout scenario like in '08 Crash. millions of lost jobs, lost homes, 401K's, Billions lost in tax-payer $. hillary says trust 'Dodd Frank Act' to police Big Banks into doing the right thing on Wall St…. basically saying if they crash it again there'll be penalties ……Really?)

    TPP FREE-TRADE.. ……. . … . .VOTED FOR IT
    (lost more U.S jobs… companies profit on cheep labor by out sourcing more american jobs)

    FRACKING / OFF-SHORE OILING …… VOTED FOR IT
    (along w/ relaxed provisions and regulations so oil companies can save $ by drilling on the cheep, resulting in the gulf of mexico oil spill of 2010… fracking has resulted in minor quakes, property damage, water pollution, suspected in derailment of trains because changing ground levels due to fracking)

    UNIONS……………….. AGAINST IT
    (while on the Walmart board of directors, hillary did not support her employees efforts to unionize for livable wages & equal wages for women)

    BANKRUPTCY REFORM ACT……. ..VOTED FOR IT
    (made it harder to fix & get good credit… big banks & credit card companies rake in record profits by keeping customers in the "Red" longer to pay high penalty fees & high interest rates)

    GLASS STEAGALL ACT………DIDN'T SUPPORT IT
    (regulation passed by FDR to prevent another great depression, deregulated by the Clintons in '99. would have prevented the '08 Wall St.Crash.. today hillary defends the banks by claiming there's no need for glass steagall because 'Dodd Frank Act' will police the big banks into doing the right thing…"Trust the Banks Again!?" ….Really?)

    IRAQ WAR………..VOTED FOR IT
    (cost the tax payers 1.7trillion, destabilized the middle east, leading to ISIS today.. 700,000 estimated dead arabs, 4500 alley u.s. soldiers dead, countless more dismembered or suffering from postpartum war symptoms, Corporations like halliburton make $Billions off Iraq War)

    REGIME CHANGE ………… SUPPORTS IT
    (as if Iraq wasn't enough, sec.of state hillary backed overthrows in Honduras, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, & now Syria furthering mass chaos in middle east)

    U.S.-PANAMA TPA…… ..VOTED FOR IT
    (bi-partisan free-trade expanded tax-loophole havens where $ can be hidden to avoid paying taxes …also resulted in more out sourcing of american jobs as in other free-trade deals)

    GMO INDUSTRY……… ……..SUPPORTS IT
    (the taking over of gov. funded Genetically Modified Organism companies in the farming sector pushing out family farmers, the non labeling of GMO's in packaged foods in stores)

    MTBE BAN BILL …. …….VOTED AGAINST IT
    (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, a chemical used by Big Oil & Gas discovered to be toxic to the environment & local water supplies causing cancer)

    1960 CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT……..AGAINST IT
    (Hillary was a "Goldwater Girl" worked for the Goldwater campaign which was anti-new deal, anti-welfare, anti-unions, anti-gay rights, anti-abortion, pro mass deportation ..Goldwater voted against The Civil Rights Act of '64)

    ^google it/ yahoo it/ wikipedia it/ youtube it… these are facts easily found all over the internet, Bernie Sanders Was On The Opposite Side Of These Issues.. PLEASE VOTE BERNIE 4 PREZ..

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