Based on IRS filings it seems Perez was more than happy to help those who supported his candidacy for DNC Chair…with financial assistance.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez transferred roughly $22,000 to rival candidate-turned-backer Jaime Harrison’s campaign for the DNC chair, to cover unpaid debates Harrison’s campaign incurred, according to a report published by Politico on Wednesday.
According to Politico, when Harrison dropped out of the race “he was said to have had the third-highest number of supporters.”
Harrison eventually supported Perez’s candidacy for DNC chair over Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), but claims that he never discussed clearing his debts with Perez.
Perez eventually won the DNC chair by only 34 votes.
“Tom had left over funds after the DNC race and was happy to help the other candidates who asked for help with their campaign debt,” DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa told Politico.
However, that doesn’t appear to be true, as Raymond Buckley, the New Hampshire Democratic Party chair, said in an email that he was not offered help retiring his debt after the race for DNC chair was over.
Buckley endorsed Ellison after he dropped out of the race.
Perez did assist other candidates for DNC chair with their debt, but it seems that assistance only extended to candidates that supported Perez’s bid for DNC chair.
According to Politico, Perez’s chief rival in the DNC chair race, Ellison, did not require financial support from Perez for his campaign because he did not have any debt.
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