A woman who is a longtime adviser to Hillary Clinton and former top aide to Bill Clinton is alleged to have set up a potentially illegal off-the-books fundraising scheme for Hillary’s 2008 presidential bid, a charge that if true could swamp the Democratic frontrunner in a money scandal even before her 2016 campaign gets off the ground.
According to the Washington Post, Minyon Moore, who was a senior White House political advisor to Bill Clinton and who is expected to play a major role in Hillary’s 2016 campaign, “personally sought and secured the funding for what prosecutors say was an illegal shadow operation to boost Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, according to court papers released as part of a wide-ranging campaign finance investigation,” the Post writes.
From the Post:
Washington businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, who pleaded guilty Monday to federal conspiracy charges in a case that has focused largely on D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) 2010 campaign, told federal prosecutors that Clinton aide Minyon Moore asked him to fund pro-Clinton efforts in four states and Puerto Rico costing $608,750 during the hard-fought 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, the documents show.
A spokesman for Moore denied the claim, and prosecutors said they have no evidence Mrs. Clinton was aware of the alleged scheme.
One fun fact here is how the Clinton camp hit back, taking a page right out of the Obama team’s playbook, which calls for bashing the press and trying to intimidate reporters into not writing true stories.
According to National Journal, a Clinton aide went directly after the Post using some of the colorful language Obama aides are famous for:
Burns Strider, a longtime Clinton aide who now works with the pro-Clinton rapid-response group Correct the Record, called the allegations “bizarre and brazenly false.” Strider defended Moore, with whom he’s worked with over the years, and called The Post‘s reporting “irresponsible.”
“I think it’s horseshit. I think The Washington Post is acting like some kind of an Internet blog or something instead of doing real reporting,” he told National Journal. “I think it’s pretty clear through everything that’s come out that [Moore] didn’t do anything wrong and has been exonerated and has been fully helpful in the case, and that’s the bottom line.”
A spokesperson for The Washington Post told National Journal that “the story is based on publicly available documents,” and that the paper gave Moore “ample time to reply.”
The Clinton team should be wary of ruining its relations with the press prior to the conclusion of the Democratic Party. At some point, reporters will fall in love with a Democratic insurgent campaign that looks like it might topple Hillary, and at that point the Clinton campaign will need the press.
After she’s wrapped up the nomination and she faces a Republican to whom the press will naturally be hostile, they can be less polite.
Assuming, of course, they’re not too concerned about the exercise of First Amendment rights.