Rigged Democracy – Nearly 10% of Democratic Party Superdelegates are Lobbyists

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On July 25, these superdelegates will cast votes at the Democratic National Convention for whomever they want, regardless of primary and caucus outcomes. Democrats like to describe superdelegates as mostly elected officials and prominent party members, including President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

But this group, which consists of 21 governors, 40 senators and 193 representatives, only makes up about a third of the superdelegates. Many of the remaining 463 convention delegates are establishment insiders who get their status after years of donations and service to the party. Dozens of the 437 delegates in the DNC member category are registered federal and state lobbyists, according to an ABC News analysis.

In fact, when you remove elected officials from the superdelegate pool, at least one in seven of the rest are former or current lobbyists registered on the federal and state level, according to lobbying disclosure records.

– From the ABC News article: The Reason Why Dozens of Lobbyists Will Be Democratic Presidential Delegates

When it comes to presidential primaries, there isn’t a whole lot of “democracy” in the Democratic Party.

Last year, The New York Times published an article examining the American attitude toward the question of money in politics. This is what it found:

Americans of both parties fundamentally reject the regime of untrammeled money in elections made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other court decisions and now favor a sweeping overhaul of how political campaigns are financed, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

The findings reveal deep support among Republicans and Democrats alike for new measures to restrict the influence of wealthy givers, including limiting the amount of money that can be spent by “super PACs” and forcing more public disclosure on organizations now permitted to intervene in elections without disclosing the names of their donors.

As evidence of just how lopsided opinion is on the subject, see the following graphic:

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You might think the supposedly “liberal” Democratic Party would take this sort of thing to heart, but you’d be wrong. Not only is the super delegate system intentionally undemocratic, but a remarkable 9% of superdelegates are actually lobbyists.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

From ABC News:

Hillary Clinton holds a substantial edge among a particular and little-noticed kind of delegate to the Democratic National Convention: Superdelegates.

On July 25, these superdelegates will cast votes at the Democratic National Convention for whomever they want, regardless of primary and caucus outcomes. Democrats like to describe superdelegates as mostly elected officials and prominent party members, including President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

But this group, which consists of 21 governors, 40 senators and 193 representatives, only makes up about a third of the superdelegates. Many of the remaining 463 convention delegates are establishment insiders who get their status after years of donations and service to the party. Dozens of the 437 delegates in the DNC member category are registered federal and state lobbyists, according to an ABC News analysis.

In fact, when you remove elected officials from the superdelegate pool, at least one in seven of the rest are former or current lobbyists registered on the federal and state level, according to lobbying disclosure records.

That’s at least 67 lobbyists who will attend the convention as superdelegates. A majority of them have already committed to supporting Hillary Clinton for the nomination.

Of course they have.

Superdelegates are unique to the Democratic nominating process. Of the 4,763 delegates who will attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, 717 will be superdelegates — almost a third of the total required to win the nomination.

Meanwhile, former presidential candidate and current Democratic Party superdelegate, Howard Dean, shared his personal thoughts on democracy via Twitter the other day.

Any questions?

For related articles, see:

Did Hillary Clinton Really Win More New Hampshire Delegates Than Sanders Despite a Landslide Loss?

DNC Head Threatens to Kick Michigan Mayor Out of Debate for Cheering Bernie Sanders

“Bernie or Bust” – Over 50,000 Sanders Supporters Pledge to Never Vote for Hillary

It’s Not Just the GOP – The Democratic Party is Also Imploding

Why Hillary Clinton Cannot Beat Donald Trump

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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  1. Ricardo Ali Fernandez

    Will any of these lobbyists pledge to lobby for stoping over sixty-five years of the taxpayer funded abusive application of the state secrets privilege and related doctrine, act, executive order, regulation and related policy abuses. These abuses on american citizens have included the classic mind-control techniques like tonic immobility techniques, synthetic telepathy, group manipulative scripting, use of lookalikes and soundalikes, drugging, etc. Please is there a lobbyist that will pledge to stop this abuse and to bring the abusers to justice no matter where it leads.

    • Your soo right Ricardo, big picture is to depopulate by the 1% elite.
      Government minions FBI STASI are scum of the earth.

  2. much worse than oligarchy is coming. total economic devastation which will be illegal to report on. they are coming after the internet and free speech.

    the pacific trade agreement is a clear indication of the intentions of the oligarchy to disguise the attack on 1st amendment rights as a ‘copyright’ law issue. this is the natural pattern before total social internal contraction the political and social follows the economic.

    and of course, these contractions, happening everywhere simultaneously, will be used for what the oligarchy describes as housecleaning, known to the rest of us as war.

    perhaps, it’s time you support trump
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-10/establishment-rigging-ohios-intentionally-confusing-ballot-against-trump

    cruz the neocon is hiring baby bush brother to signal to the rest of the republican party that he is bankeable just as the dnc’s lobbyist superdelegates are banking on hillary to bring in the bucks.

    i’m almost certain plenty of these lobbyists lobby senators of all stripes, and may even also be super-delegates in the republican party as well, if the republicans have super-delegates.

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