Clinton pal tried to bribe superdelegates

A top financial contributor to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s faltering Presidential campaign tried to bribe two superdelegates representing the Young Democrats of America by offering a $1 million contribution to the organization in exchange for their support.

Four independent sources for The Huffington Post confirm the bribe offer by Haim Saban, a billionaire entertainment mogul and a longtime friend of the Clintons.

The Clinton campaign is not commenting on the report.

Writes Nico Pitney and Sam Stein in The Huffington 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.

4 Responses to "Clinton pal tried to bribe superdelegates"

  1. Sandra Price  May 20, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Jeez, were they dumb enough to take her check?

  2. Carl Nemo  May 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    If a few super delegates are worth million dollar bribes, then it’s demonstrative how lucrative the office of the presidency has become for aspiring corporatist supporting crooks and their shadowy controllers…no?!

    It’s also indicative of the grave danger in which this nation finds itself with this type of a system in place. Several nights ago it was revealed on the Lou Dobbs show that there are over 40,000 registered lobbyists operating on Capitol Hill…!

    We the people get a single vote every four years and the lobbyists get a number of votes equal to the amount of $$ they can pass on to these elected disappointments 24/7/365 when it comes to legislating on their behalf. We enfranchise our leaders then the lobbyists control them.

    The entire system is corrupt to the core and we are soon to go down hard as a nation, very hard indeed…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. Michela  May 20, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I agree, Carl. This whole system is rotten to the core. Our congressmen are all prostitues who sell their soul to the highest bidder. We must get rid of every lobbyist in Wash. Then we might have something called “Democracy.”

  4. Klaus Hergeschimmer  May 20, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Hillary is the quintessential ‘Dumb Dame’ for her Dumb Deed.

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