Earlier this week, a hacker, calling himself Guccifer 2.0, breached the DNC servers and was able to obtain opposition research on Donald Trump, as well as other financial documents. The hacker today released additional financial documents and contribution records.
The DNC confirmed the hack but hasn’t confirmed whether the files released were authentic or not. Some of the contributions go back to 2013. The first report shows that just over a 100 donors contributed over $9.2 million to the DNC.
Some of the contributions go back to 2013. The first report shows that just over a 100 donors contributed over $9.2 million to the DNC.
In the Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Hillary Clinton claimed that her campaign doesn’t coordinate with her super PAC’s. She said:
I can’t speak for the Koch brothers. You’re referring to a Super PAC that we don’t coordinate with, that was set up to support President Obama, that has now decided that they want to support me. They are the ones who should respond to any questions.
Fundraisers were also instructed to advise donors that Super PAC’s are essential for winning general elections: “We cannot win this election without [Preferred Super PAC]. You should support them.”
The memo names three Super PAC’s “Priorities USA, American Bridge, and WOMEN VOTE!” that donors should consider donating too.
The law allows campaigns to ask donors to donate a maximum $5,000 for a specific Super PAC. However, the message used by fundraisers is positioned in a way to make it clear to donors that they can donate as much as they would like to (emphasis mine):
Finally, you should support [Preferred Super PAC A] and [Preferred Super PAC B]. We cannot win without them. The law allows us to ask our supporters for $5,000 each for [Preferred Super PAC A and B]. That is what we are doing.
Fundraises probably wink to donors after making the above statement.
Guccifer 2.0 also exposed other financial and strategy documents. The hacker claims that he extracted “tons of files and [documents],” and he’ll release more files in the future.
As of the writing of this article, the DNC and the Clinton campaign have not responded to our requests for comment. We will update this article as we learn more about this latest development.