Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Hillary Clinton Isn’t Ready to Disclose Who’s Funding Her

Without money sleaze, the Clintons would be just another family making enormous amounts of cash selling hot air and fake dreams to the mooks.

Luckily, there is plenty of money sleaze to keep things interesting. Among the latest, Hillary’s campaign isn’t saying whether it will reveal the bundlers who are raising huge sums of money. Who is paying for Clinton is important, because it will tell you who’ll she owe.

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has been pushing hard on the theme of overhauling the country’s campaign finance system. “We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccounted money out of it, once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment,” Clinton said during one of her first official speeches in Iowa last month.

And hah hah, because when it comes to the major funders behind her own presidential campaign, Clinton has yet to answer questions about how transparent she’s willing to be. When questioned about whether it will disclose the names and fundraising totals of the key supporters — known as “bundlers” — who raise vast sums of cash, a Clinton spokesperson declined to provide an answer.

The Clinton campaign is initially asking its bundlers to collect $27,000 each (that is, 10 donations at the maximum amount of $2,700). Those who reach this goal will earn the designation of “Hillstarter” and get an invitation to a special campaign event later this month. The campaign also refused to say whether it will disclose the identities of these Hillstarters, or whether it plans to release information about bundlers who end up raising far more than $27,000 during what is likely to be a billion-dollar campaign.

Raising $27k is no big deal for most Hillary big-name supporters, but early in a campaign like this, the goal is not money per se. The goal is to rope in bundlers early with small amounts, hoping to hit them up again and again as we approach 2016. Think of it as a type of ponzi scheme.

Now to be fair, there is nothing really new in any of this, though that does not make it any less sleazy repeated campaign after campaign.

In 2012, Mitt Romney invited 800 people who had bundled at least $50,000 for his campaign to an exclusive retreat in Utah, where they could hobnob with the candidate and his senior campaign staff. A 2011 study by the Center for Public Integrity found that 184 of the 556 publicly named bundlers from Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign had landed administration roles for themselves or their spouses. That figure increased to about 80 percent for the top bundlers who raised more than $500,000.