This is a bit of a throw-away post while I try to finish one or two other diaries that have stalled a bit, but… I’d read a diary at Caucus99% yesterday with Politico’s coverage of this what? Development or devolution?
Good on Amy; good on those who resigned over the Bern & Co.’s unprincipled financial switcheroo/s. Glad they felt the Bern’s burn. Any more questions about Bernie’s ‘Revolution’? A few excerpts:
AMY GOODMAN: Claire Sandberg, you were a part of the Bernie Sanders campaign. You were the organizing director for Our Revolution. But right before it launched last night, you and more than half the staff quit. Why?
CLAIRE SANDBERG: Yes. Well, last Monday, as we were—as the staff at Our Revolution was—I’m sorry, there’s an echo. So, last Monday, as the staff of Our Revolution was preparing for a very busy week, gearing up for the launch event last night, we learned that Jeff Weaver would be stepping in to run, actively manage, Our Revolution, which was a decision that was met with unanimous concern among the entire staff at Our Revolution. And—
AMY GOODMAN: Now, Jeff Weaver was the campaign director of Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign.
CLAIRE SANDBERG: Yes, Jeff was the campaign manager at the organization. And all of us who worked on the campaign who moved over to Our Revolution did so based on the promise that Jeff Weaver would not be involved in Our Revolution or that his role would be strictly constrained as a legal adviser or a board member who would have somewhat of a token role. But it became clear—and so, there were two main concerns among the staff. One, we all saw how Jeff ran the campaign, and there were a number of concerns about that. Secondly, Jeff’s leadership and advice as a legal adviser had already hamstrung Our Revolution before it even launched, specifically Jeff’s decision to constitute the organization as a 501(c)(4), which prevented us from doing effective down-ballot organizing for candidates, also effective down-ballot fundraising. And—
AMY GOODMAN: Why is that, Claire?
CLAIRE SANDBERG: Well, Jeff has gone on the record admitting that he wanted to form the organization as a 501(c)(4) for the express purpose of accepting billionaire money, which of course flies in the face of what all of our supporters were so excited about, that we were taking a country back from the billionaire class without the use of billionaire money, $27 at a time.
Well, a 501(c)(4) organization has a number of problems with it. One, federal officeholders cannot be involved in 501(c)(4) organizations. So, there is a real question about whether Bernie could even be involved as a spokesperson, as someone who could send out emails. Secondly, candidates cannot coordinate with 501(c)(4) organizations. We can’t—we can’t have private, nonpublic conversations about, for example, how to mobilize volunteers or what voters we’re talking to. We can’t make sure that we’re not duplicating efforts, calling the same voters twice. We can’t do any of those things.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, Larry Cohen (incoming board chair of Our Revolution) , what about this?
LARRY COHEN: Well, you know, I’m not going to get into a legal wrangle with Claire. I think the key is that all of us on this board believe that we will mobilize millions of people. We’re not here to run campaigns. That would be a different kind of organization. We will mobilize millions of people against the TPP. We will enable people to donate to campaigns. We will be involved in eight ballot measures that are on the website right now, OurRevolution.com, that range from getting big money out of politics to single-payer healthcare in Colorado. We will be supporting, you know, great candidates, from Pramila Jayapal, who’s running for Congress in Seattle, to people running for school board. So, this is not—none of us on this board, and the design of this is not to run campaigns. The design of this is really to continue the political revolution.
…yada, yada, read the rest concerning Bernie’s having been a No-Show for Tim Canova,” in his South Florida battle against U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Cohen’s bullshit response.
But lol; re: Colorado’s ballot initiative Amendment 69 to implement Medicare for all, read the brilliant Renee Parson’s August 24, 2016 scathing indictment ’Obamacare Supporters Oppose ColoradoCare’
Not just state Dems, but ‘progressive organizations’ are working to tank it (say it with money), NARAL, some trade unions, the Koch Bros. and
“Meanwhile the main opposition group, Coloradans for Coloradans, which crowed about the Democrats joining the opposition, have collected $1 M from Anthem, $450,000 from UnitedHealthCare Services, Healthone Systems and Centura Health $250,000 each, Cigna Health $100,000, PHRMA $100,000, the Colorado Association of Realtors $100,000 and so forth – you might image the rest of the list.”
Vanity Fair’s hit piece notes:
“The brewing conflict within Our Revolution reached a fever pitch last week during a conference call between Weaver, Kenneth Pennington, the group’s recently departed digital director, and Jane Sanders, chairwoman of Our Revolution’s board, Politico reports. The trio had a discussion wherein Pennington reportedly voiced his concerns, but was unhappy with the resolution and quit shortly afterward. Weaver has written off the slew of resignations as growing pains within a group that still “has to find its footing,” according to Politico. “People are very excited about continuing the work that was done on the campaign and making sure we bring Bernie’s progressive vision to reality.” The revolution, sans revolutionaries, soldiers on.”
But moar from August 16 Weaver:
‘In private call, DNC flexes unity with Clinton camp and Sanders team’, politico.com
“I know that sometimes in primaries there can be sharp elbows, and I hope I haven’t bumped into too many of you,” Weaver said on the call. “But as we go forward into the general election, I’m very happy to be working with members of the Clinton team in trying to get the secretary elected.”