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.