The Democratic National Committee is facing fraud charges for accepting donations under the guise of impartiality while supporting Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in 2016…
The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) charter claims the group is bound by a pledge to impartiality when it comes to picking a presidential candidate. The organization’s violation of that pledge was well-documented in the WikiLeaks scandal that rocked the 2016 election, and the lingering tensions were still simmering during last month’s so-called “unity tour” with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and DNC Chair Tom Perez.
A new class action lawsuit, reported first by Newsweek on Thursday, charges the DNC with “fraud, deceptive conduct and negligent misrepresentation over the course of the 2016 primaries” for its role in aiding Hillary Clinton’s primary win over Sanders last year.
The lawsuit seeks to force the DNC to repay its donors contributions made throughout the election, “citing a misappropriation of public funds.”
Attorneys for the DNC and its former chairperson, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, attempted to dismiss the lawsuit on multiple occasions, originally claiming it wasn’t properly served by Beck and his team, before stating there are no enforceable obligations for the organization to practice neutrality during the primaries.
That argument could be deadly to their chances of garnering support from Democrats, liberals and independents who grew inspired by Sanders’ message of change in the Democratic Party last year.
“What if Apple went into a court of law and said, ‘We actually don’t believe we have any enforceable obligations to our shareholders,'” Beck said in an interview last week. “What do you think would happen to the Apple stock price?”
For the DNC, it’s a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ situation. Sanders supporters, already wary of the DNC, would redouble their commitment to oppose the DNC’s efforts if the DNC successfully argues its obligations claim. But the DNC, entirely dependent on donations, likely can’t afford to pay back Sanders supporters’ donations from 2016, either.
For Democrats, it’s a no-win situation.
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