Bernie’s Wall Street attack against Hillary continues its slow motion implosion with a series of blatant contradictions on lobbyists, PACs and Wall Street.
It started with a NY Times article that exposed Bernie’s strong misgivings about attacking Hillary on paid speeches:
According to the New York Times, and quoting top aides, Bernie considers the attack on Hillary’s speech transcripts a character assault: “Mr. Sanders, hunched over a U-shaped conference table, rejected it as a personal attack on Mrs. Clinton’s income — the sort of character assault he has long opposed. She has the right to make money, he offered.”
Then there was the Brooklyn debate, where Bernie was unable to identify a single instance in which donations affected Hillary’s votes.
Now, more contradictions are surfacing that are increasingly hard for Bernie’s campaign to explain away, including a 2006 contribution from Hillary’s PAC to his senate campaign:
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton shared her wealth in March, doling out $190,000 in contributions to Democrats … Clinton’s political action committee, HILLPAC, raised $272,477 and spent $327,484 in March, according to the group’s filing to the Federal Election Commission. Two congressmen trying to make it to the Senate also got boosts from Clinton. Rep. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the seat held by retiring Vermont lawmaker Jim Jeffords, received $10,000, as did Harold Ford Jr., of Tennessee.
Today, The Intercept, a prominent pro-Bernie site, inadvertently reveals that his campaign strategy of flipping superdelegates at the convention would likely involve courting a number of lobbyists. His language on lobbyists has been quite critical, so why the willingness to lobby for their support? Or will he only ask non-lobbyist superdelegates to switch? We haven’t heard him say anything about that.
Finally, on the Today Show this morning, after being pressed on whether he was doing Trump’s dirty work, Bernie’s message got tangled up in knots. He conceded that insinuating Hillary was corrupted by contributions was an indictment of the “entire U.S. government.”
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