Top Democrats OVERTURN Obama’s Campaign Finance Reforms

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0:00>>THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE IS WELL AWARE THAT IN
0:02THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY HE STAYS THERE IS AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF
0:04FOCUS ON THE CORRUPTING INFLUENCE OF MONEY ON POLITICS,
0:08SO IT WAS A LITTLE BIT ODD THAT THEY CHOSE THIS WEEK, RIGHT NOW,
0:13TO ROLL BACK A BAN PUT IN PLACE BY PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT STOPPED
0:17FEDERAL LOBBYISTS AND POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES FROM
0:20CONTRIBUTING TO THE DNC. GOOD TIMING THERE. ALTHOUGH DEBBIE
0:26WASSERMAN SCHULTZ NEVER ADMITS TO ANY OF HER WRONGDOING OR
0:28MANIPULATING TO TRY TO ADVANTAGE HILLARY CLINTON, SO I AM SURE
0:31SHE WILL WEATHER THIS FINE. BUT WE DO HAVE A STATEMENT ON WHY
0:33THEY FELT THE NEED TO DO THIS RIGHT NOW.
0:37THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR OF THE DNC SAID —
0:39>> THIS ROLLING BACK OBAMA’S THING THAT WAS DONE TO GET SOME
0:56OF THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS FOLLOWS LAST SUMMER —
1:00>>
1:15YOU DON’T HEAR THE WORD QUADRENNIAL USE A LOT IN
1:18CONVERSATION.
1:19>>YOU DON’T.
1:20>>THIS NEWS COMES OUT TODAY, THEY HAD APPARENTLY QUIETLY
1:23INTRODUCED THIS DURING THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS. LET’S IGNORE THAT
1:28RULE, AND NOT TELL ANYBODY. BY THE WAY, WE ARE IGNORING THAT
1:31RULE GOING FORWARD, WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN TAKING MONEY. IT
1:34SAYS IN THE WASHINGTON POST THAT SOME SUGGESTED IT COULD PROVIDE
1:37AN ADVANTAGE TO HILLARY CLINTON’S FUND-RAISING EFFORTS.
1:40THAT PROBABLY DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. DOESN’T
1:44LOOK BAD IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ELECTION WHERE AT LEAST ONE OF
1:49YOUR CANDIDATES IS SAYING WE SHOULD BE THE HONEST PARTY, THE
1:55ONE NOT BEHOLDEN TO MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND LOBBYISTS
1:59AND SUPER PACS?
2:01>>YOU ARE PRONOUNCING IT WRONG.
2:04>>MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES.
2:06>> IT SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE CEDING THE GROUND TO THE REPUBLICANS,
2:09SAYING WE WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE ARE EQUALLY CORRUPT. THE
2:16DNC AND RNC. THERE IS A TWIST HERE, I WILL DEFEND THEM A BIT.
2:21I WOULD NOT DO UNILATERAL DISARMAMENT. PRESIDENT OBAMA DID
2:24THIS SYMBOLIC MOVE, I HATED IT ON TWO GROUNDS. YOU HAVE THIS
2:31BOAT LEAKING EVERYWHERE, SUPER PAC MONEY, DARK MONEY, COMING IN
2:35IN 1000 DIFFERENT WAYS, AND PRESIDENT OBAMA GOES WE WILL
2:40PLUG THIS ONE AND THIS ONE AT THE DNC, NO SUPER PACS AND NO
2:43LOBBYIST. JUST THE DNC. BUT THE WHOLE THING IS LEAKING. YOU HAVE
2:48TO FIX WHAT IS CAUSING THE LEAK, NOT JUST PLUG TWO OF THE HOLES.
2:53IT WAS A WEIRD, STUPID BAND-AID THAT DIDN’T MAKE SENSE. ON THE
2:57OTHER HAND, YOU ARE GIVING THE DNC AND WEIRD DISADVANTAGE
3:02AGAINST THE RNC. IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO FIX THE LEAKS, DON’T
3:07JUST DISARM YOUR DNC AND LET THEM KEEP GETTING SUPER PAC AND
3:11LOBBYIST MONEY. BERNIE SANDERS WANTS TO RUN ON NOT TAKING SUPER
3:14PAC MONEY, WE LOVE YOU FOR IT, THAT IS WHY YOU ARE SEARCHING. I
3:20THINK IF YOU ARE THE DNC AND WE WERE STUCK WITH THE SYSTEM,
3:23NUMBER ONE YOU SHOULD TRY TO FIX IT, THAT IS THEIR FIRST PROBLEM,
3:26THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO FIX IT —
3:28BUT IF YOU ARE LIVING WITHIN THAT SYSTEM YOU HAVE TO
3:31FIGHT AS HARD AS YOU CAN AND PLAY BY THOSE RULES.
3:34>> I FEEL LIKE WHAT YOU ARE SAYING MAKE SOME SENSE, BUT WE
3:42LIKE THAT BERNIE SANDERS HAS DISARMED UNILATERALLY IN TERMS
3:45OF NOT COORDINATING WITH SUPER PACS VERSUS HILLARY CLINTON, BUT
3:49NOT JUST BECAUSE IT FITS WITH WHAT YOU WANT, BECAUSE IT
3:52PROVIDES HIM WITH CERTAIN ADVANTAGES TODAY. HE HAS BROUGHT
3:55IT UP A FEW TIMES. IF HE BECOMES THE EVENTUAL NOMINEE HE
4:03THEORETICALLY WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SAY HERE ARE MORE WAYS
4:06WE ARE DIFFERENT FROM REPUBLICANS. WAS DOESN’T WORK
4:09AGAINST TRUMP, BECAUSE HE SELF FUNDS THE CAMPAIGN, HE DOESN’T
4:13TAKE DONATIONS FROM SUPER PACS.
4:16BUT NOW THEY CAN’T MAKE THE CASE AS MUCH AS THEY WOULD HAVE.
4:20>>IT HURTS THEM AS A MATTER OF PERCEPTION. THEY ARE DOING IT
4:26BECAUSE OF THE ELECTIONS, AND YOU MAKE A PERFECTLY FINE POINT.
4:30IF THEY WERE COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO SAY WE ARE DOING IT AS A
4:33MATTER OF PRINCIPLE AND WE ARE THE PARTY THAT REPRESENTS THE
4:36PEOPLE AND WE WON’T REPRESENT THE LOBBYISTS, THAT WOULD BE
4:39FANTASTIC. THAT WOULD BE A BOLD WAY TO GO. THESE ARE NOT THOSE
4:43GUYS.
4:43>>IT IS LIKE WANTING HILLARY TO SUSPEND THE SUPER PAC
4:47COORDINATION LIKE BERNIE HAS.
4:49IT WOULD REASSURE US THAT SHE TAKES THIS SERIOUSLY BUT
4:54SHE WOULD NEVER DO IT BECAUSE IT WOULD HURT HER CHANCES.
4:57>>THE PARTY LED BY BARACK OBAMA, HILLARY CLINTON, AND DEBBIE
4:59WASSERMAN SCHULTZ WILL NOT TAKE THAT KIND OF ACTION. INSTEAD
5:03THEY WILL TRY TO DESPERATELY FIND MONEY AND FUNNEL IT TO
5:06OTHER SUPER PACS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BRING IT TO THEM. IF
5:11YOU ARE GOING TO DO THAT, YOU MIGHT AS WELL TAKE IT FROM THE
5:14DNC.
5:15>>BY THE WAY, I’M SURE THE COORDINATION IS A LITTLE BIT
5:20HANDS OFF BETWEEN HILLARY CLINTON AND DEBBIE WASSERMAN
5:22SCHULTZ, THEY ARE PROBABLY NOT DOING STRATEGY MEETINGS ALL THE
5:25TIME, SO I CAN’T SAY THAT HILLARY NECESSARILY HAD ANYTHING
5:28TO DO WITH THIS. BUT WHEN SHE SAYS SHE IS COMMITTING TO
5:32CHANGING THE AMOUNT OF MONEY IN POLITICS AND SHE IS A
5:34PROGRESSIVE AND GETS STUFF DONE, IT IS POSSIBLE THIS IS ONE OF
5:37THE THINGS SHE GOT DONE. BUT AS A SIGN OF HOW SERIOUSLY THE DNC
5:41IS TAKING THIS CHANGE —
5:42>>IT IS NOT JUST LIKE WE WILL ACCEPT THEM, WE ARE ACTIVELY
5:53COORDINATING THEM WITH A PAID POSITION. AND THIS TIES INTO
5:57WHAT YOU WERE SAYING THAT THIS MIGHT HELP HER FUNDRAISING. IT
6:02MIGHT SEEM LIKE IN THE GENERAL, BUT WHY WOULD A HELPER NOW?
6:05WELL —
6:06>>
6:20THAT IS A LOT OF $27 DONATIONS.
6:29>> I DON’T SEE HOW — THIS HELPS BERNIE SANDERS, THIS HURTS
6:33HILLARY CLINTON. THE NEWS OF THIS GETTING OUT HELPS BERNIE
6:35SANDERS, AND IT FEEDS AGAINST THE NARRATIVE OF HILLARY
6:41CLINTON. THIS MIGHT EVENTUALLY BE BENEFICIAL TO BERNIE SANDERS
6:45IN A WAY, RIGHT NOW IT IS NOT GOOD FOR HILLARY BECAUSE NOW SHE
6:53NEEDS TO WIN THE BATTLE OF IDEAS, WHICH SHE IS LOSING. AND
6:56BECAUSE OF THESE DEVICES PEOPLE CAN FIND OUT ABOUT BERNIE
6:59SANDERS RIGHT AWAY NOW. I THINK THAT IS WHY SHE IS GOING TO LOSE
7:03AGAIN. PEOPLE FORGET THAT IN 2007, I MENTIONED IT LAST NIGHT,
7:08ALL THE DEMOCRATS WHO WERE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT,
7:11CHRISTOPHER DODD, BARACK OBAMA, OR MAKING THE CASE THAT HILLARY
7:14WAS UNELECTABLE. 50% OF AMERICANS SAY THEY WILL NOT VOTE
7:17FOR YOU UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. CHRIS DODD SAID THAT ON THE
7:20DEBATE STAGE. THAT IS CHRIS DODD. LET’S REMEMBER, SHE IS A
7:24BAD CANDIDATE, SHE IS FLAWED. THIS HURTS HER. THIS
7:29EXACERBATES, SHINES A LIGHT, ON ALL THE THINGS PEOPLE DON’T LIKE
7:32ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON. AND ALL THE THINGS PEOPLE LIKE ABOUT
7:35BERNIE. BUT AS WE EXPLAINED IN OUR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE DEBATE,
7:41SHE’S DAMNED IF SHE DOES AND DAMNED IF HE DOESN’T. IF SHE
7:43DOESN’T TAKE MONEY, BERNIE IS RAISING MONEY LIKE CRAZY FROM
7:46THE PEOPLE. SHE WILL GET OUTSPENT AND LOSER ONLY
7:50ADVANTAGE. IF HE DOES CONTINUE TO TAKE THE SUPER PAC MONEY, SHE
7:55LOSES THE BATTLE OF IDEAS. BERNIE HAS PUT HER IN A HELL OF
8:00A CORNER. AND DON’T UNDERESTIMATE WHAT A BOLD AND
8:03UNBELIEVABLY COURAGEOUS MOVE IT WAS FOR BERNIE SANDERS NOT TO
8:06TAKE SUPER PAC MONEY, BECAUSE IT IS CONVENTIONAL WISDOM IN DC AND
8:09HAS PLAYED OUT IN REALITY THAT IF YOU DON’T, YOU ARE DEAD IN
8:13THE WATER. FOR EXAMPLE, BUDDY ROMER ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE
8:19SAID I’M NOT TAKING SUPER PAC MONEY, NO DONATION OVER $100.
8:23DEAD. THEY DISMISSED HIM, HE COULDN’T GET INTO DEBATES.
8:28IT WAS BOLD.
8:29>>I THINK IT WAS LESS BOLD THAN YOU THINK IT WAS. IF HE’S
8:34RUNNING — HE IS JUST ONE ISSUE, THE ISSUE IS ARGUABLY THE ENTIRE
8:39ECONOMY, WHICH IS A BIG ISSUE. BUT IF HIS SECOND ISSUE IS
8:43GETTING MONEY OUT OF POLITICS, AND YOU ARE RUNNING THIS SORT OF
8:46OUTSIDER CAMPAIGN, YOU HAVE TO DO IT.
8:49>>YOU PROBABLY WOULDN’T GET MANY DONATIONS ANYWAY.
8:51>>BUT IT WORKED OUT. NOW OBVIOUSLY HE CAN’T DO IT. HE
8:55DOESN’T NEED TO, HE KEEPS GETTING $30.

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