Clinton Donor Offered $1 Million For Superdelegate Support?

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Oh boy…she did not need this…

From Huff Post:

One of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s top financial supporters offered $1 million to the Young Democrats of America during a phone conversation in which he also pressed for the organization’s two uncommitted superdelegates to endorse the New York Democrat, a high-ranking official with YDA told The Huffington Post.

Haim Saban, the billionaire entertainment magnate and longtime Clinton supporter, denied the allegation. But four independent sources said that just before the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, Saban called YDA President David Hardt and offered what was perceived as a lucrative proposal: $1 million would be made available for the group if Hardt and the organization’s other uncommitted superdelegate backed Clinton.

Contacted about the report, Saban, initially very friendly, became curt. “Not true,” he said, “it’s simply not true.” He declined to elaborate. Did he talk to the YDA superdelegate? “I talk to many, many superdelegates. Some I don’t even remember their names.” Did he propose any financial transaction? “I have never offered them or anybody any money” in exchange for support or a vote, he said. The Clinton campaign did not return a request for comment.

Obviously this remains to be seen if it’s true, but one can’t help but think that Hardt is one of the sources mentioned…

“I said I thought that the appropriate response was to call Haim back and say thank you but we are not interested,” said the source. “I also said that it was surely the case that this story would get out because it is too interesting not to and they should think about how to deal with it. It was a day or two [before they responded]. They felt afraid. They were like, ‘Holy shit, this is Haim Saban.'”

Yes, holy shit it’s…who? Try the guy who’s responsible for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The world is a strange place…

In any event, good for the Young Democrats of America. They obviously did the right thing here and Saban should be ashamed of himself for trying to buy their votes…if he did buy their votes…which seems extremely likely.

  • Grant Gould

    I seem to recall that earlier in the campaign there was a superdel holding out for $20M. Any thing of value will eventually be sold; the only question is how the price will be negotiated.

  • Tony Lambiris

    Doesn’t bribery negate the platform of the Democrats… you know… democracy?