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Hillary Clinton raises $18 million for Democratic victory fund that is promoting Hillary, not downballot Democrats

In the last three months of 2015, Hillary Clinton raised $18 million for a Democratic victory fund that is supposed to go towards supporting and promoting Democratic candidates running for, among other offices, seats in both houses of Congress.

Recently, I saw a web ad for Hillary’s victory fund for the first time, and it certainly didn’t promote those downballot Democrats (screengrab below):

HVF Hillary Web Ad
Not exactly a downballot candidate (web ad courtesy of Hillary Victory Fund, screengrab by the author)

Even worse, the web ad, paid for by a group that is promising to support Democrats running in non-presidential races, asks people to “join the official Clinton campaign”. Hillary has used her fundraising haul for her victory fund to claim that she’s supporting Democrats up and down the ballot, when, in reality, her victory fund is promoting her own presidential campaign, and, therefore, her claim is total bullshit.

Democratic National Committee promotes Hillary Clinton presidential campaign despite the fact that other Democrats are considering presidential bids

The official Facebook page of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is actively promoting Hillary Clinton’s recently-launched presidential campaign through this photo that the DNC shared on Facebook.

While Hillary is currently the only Democrat running for president, there are five other Democrats, at least that I’m aware of, are considering runs for the Democratic presidential nomination: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb, and Martin O’Malley. As a result, it’s highly inappropriate for any organization directly affiliated with the Democratic Party to promote Hillary or, if she draws one or more primary challengers, other candidates before there’s either a presidential nominee or a presumptive presidential nominee. Promoting one candidate while other potential candidates are weighing bids is favoritism, and favoritism discourages candidates from running for public office at all levels and gives the Republicans the “machine politics” attack line against Democrats that easily turns off persuadable voters.

Additionally and to my knowledge, organizations officially connected to two state Democratic Parties, Texas and Wisconsin, have also sent out pro-Hillary social media messages upon the launch of her presidential campaign. In the case of Texas, the state Democratic Party itself sent out a pro-Hillary tweet. In the case of Wisconsin, that state’s College Democrats chapter sent out a pro-Hillary tweet.

This reminds me a lot of the Mary Burke fiasco in last year’s Wisconsin gubernatorial race that resulted in far-right Republican Scott Walker winning a second term as Governor of Wisconsin. In that race, the state Democratic leadership hand-picked Burke, a wealthy former business executive who ran on supporting a corporate agenda, to run for Governor of Wisconsin and promoted her in virtually every way possible despite the fact that two other Democrats, neither of which ran for different reasons, considered gubernatorial bids.

It’s 100% clear to me that the failed, corporate Democratic establishment hates democracy and is only interested in promoting their cronies and insiders. If you want a Democratic presidential candidate who will stand up to the Democratic establishment and fight for a more progressive America, you want Bernie Sanders to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. I hope he runs, or I’m going to be very disappointed.