WASHINGTON, D.C. — The scandal laden Democratic party is reportedly in the midst of a new set of woes.
According to a report published by Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/22/dnc-battling-class-action-suit-alleging-sanders-was-robbed-in-2016.html), a class-action lawsuit on behalf of residents of 45 states against the DNC and former chairwomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz is gaining traction in the courts.
The lawsuit, which alleges that the Democratic National Committee conspired against former Vermont senator Bernie Sanders to ensure that Hillary Clinton won the party’s 2016 nomination, was filed on the basis of what attorneys for the plantiffs called “election fraud” (http://jampac.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/042517cw2.pdf).
Jared Beck, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney, is fighting for the DNC to repay Sanders supporters for contributions they made during the election, alleging misappropriation of funds.
“If we can’t trust the two political parties to run an election in a fair manner, who can we trust?” Beck told Fox News.
Although the Article 5, Section 4 of the Democratic Party charter stipulates that it will function with total neutrality during Democratic primaries, Bruce Spiva, a lawyer for the DNC, argued in a motion to dismiss the case that the party holds the exclusive right to choose it’s candidate any way it feels necessary and that the DNC is not “bound by pledges of fairness”.
“We could have voluntarily decided that, ‘Look, we’re gonna go into back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way.’ That’s not the way it was done. But they could have. And that would have also been their right,” Spiva argued (http://jampac.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/042517cw2.pdf). “There’s no right to not have your candidate disadvantaged or have another candidate advantaged. There’s no contractual obligation here,” he said.
The lawsuit was initially filed in June 2016 in response to revelations courtesy a wealth of hacked emails from within the DNC that Wasserman Schultz used the her position within the organization to tip the scales in Hillary Clinton’s favor. The scandal quickly exploded and Wasserman Schultz was forced to step down.
Despite the denials of DNC officials, the suspicions of Sanders supporters were later confirmed when Clinton campaign Manager John Podesta’s hacked emails, came to light after the primaries ended, verifying what members of the Sanders camp said they already knew (http://observer.com/2016/07/wikileaks-proves-primary-was-rigged-dnc-undermined-democracy/.
According to court records, the DNC filed another motion to dismiss this week, but experts say the chances of a dismissal at this point is unlikely.