United States Hillary Clinton Super PAC smears Bernie Sanders, like British Blairites smeared Corbyn

This video from Britain says about itself:

Corbyn on smear tactics

From Jeremy Corbyn‘s speech in Cambridge, 6/9/15

From presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the USA today:

I don’t have a Super PAC, Linda. I am not going to travel around the country begging millionaires and billionaires for money. That’s just not going to happen.

But the success of our campaign certainly has the billionaires‘ attention.

Yesterday, one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent Super PACs attacked our campaign pretty viciously. They suggested I’d be friendly with Middle East terrorist organizations, and even tried to link me to a dead communist dictator.

It was the kind of onslaught I expected to see from the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson, and it’s the second time a billionaire Super PAC has tried to stop the momentum of the political revolution we’re building together.

They’ll keep trying … unless we make them pay a price for their attacks.

Make the Super PACs pay for attacking us by making a $3 contribution to our campaign today. Let’s send a powerful message that we have had ENOUGH of the billionaire class buying elections.

If we stand together to fight back against these ugly attacks, we can ensure this election is about who has the best ideas, and not who has the biggest donors.

They should not underestimate us.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders rejects ‘vicious’ attack over his support for UK Labour leader. Democratic presidential candidate accuses Super Pac associated with Hillary Clinton of crude slur after it reportedly criticised his support for Jeremy Corbyn: here.

Clinton Tops List of Arms Company Donations: here.

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party has provoked strong and hostile reactions in the German media. They are not directed at Corbyn himself, who has been benevolently termed a “lovable man.” Rather, they are directed against the vote by the members and sympathizers of the Labour Party, just under 60 percent of whom rejected the policies of New Labour with their vote for Corbyn: here.

The latest pamphlet from Progress suggests Labour’s right wing is intellectually exhausted, says SOLOMON HUGHES. THE full-fat Blairites in the Labour Party seem to have reached a complete, confused exhaustion: here.

Jeremy Corbyn, a threat

THE LATEST IN THE HILLARY EMAIL KERFUFFLE The State Department contests that the request for Hillary Clinton’s email was cursory, and the FBI allegedly recovered emails off her wiped server easily. [WaPo]

HILLARY’S FEELING THE BERN Her fundraising numbers beat Bernie Sanders this past quarter, but not by much. Team Hillary is also trying to stop a possible Joe Biden run before it starts. [Sam Stein, HuffPost]

The Washington Post‘s deep-dive in the Clintons’ extensive donor network.

Clinton was always going to get questions about her cozy ties to Wall Street. So how did she prep for the question on debate night? By suggesting that Wall Street’s ducats were a rebuke to the 9/11 terrorists. (Not to worry, John Podesta did damage control while wearing his Equilibrium Capital fleece.)

In another demonstration of the growing political discontent among working people and sections of the middle class, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raised $26 million for his presidential campaign in the third quarter of 2015, nearly equaling the $28 million raised by Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The bulk of the money flowing into the Sanders campaign was in the form of small donations, average barely $30 per contribution. By contrast, the bulk of Clinton’s fundraising came from wealthy contributors who gave the $2,700 maximum permitted by federal law for direct donations to a campaign: here.

TECH FIRM WORRIED CLINTON EMAILS WERE ‘VULNERABLE TO HACKERS’ A tech subcontractor working on the Clinton email account recommended security be upgraded after learning whose server they were dealing with. [WaPo]

Why Bernie Sanders Didn’t Lose The Debate. Sanders scored big fundraising and online victories, even though pundits declared Clinton the victor: here.

Roger Waters fears Hillary Clinton could be ‘first female President’ to drop a nuclear bomb. Pink Floyd co-founder is backing independent nominee Bernie Sanders: here.

Sanders Tells Big Pharma Mogul Shkreli: ‘We Don’t Want Your Stinking Money’: here.

Vice President Joe Biden said he will not run for president in 2016. Biden announced his decision in a statement given from the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday: here.

Wall Street donors account for 40 percent of super PAC funds in US election: here.

84 thoughts on “United States Hillary Clinton Super PAC smears Bernie Sanders, like British Blairites smeared Corbyn

  1. Saturday 19th September 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    JEREMY CORBYN knew from the moment of his election that he would be under the cosh from political opponents.

    And so it has been, with acute media pressure over issues as varied as the European Union to God Save the Queen, but how can the poor man recover from the body blow that Alistair Darling is “not quite sure” what Corbyn is for?

    Displaying the political acuity for which he is famed, Darling told the Herald that “you cannot win an election in Scotland or the UK unless you take the majority of people with you.”

    Possibly the former chancellor missed the news that the Islington North MP took the majority of Labour voters — 59.5 per cent, to be precise — with him to become party leader.

    Winning elections isn’t a novelty to Corbyn who gained his seat in 1983 and has increased his majority ever since.

    He has consistently eschewed the New Labour obsessions with spin, soundbites, triangulation and the “centre ground” Holy Grail.

    In contrast, Darling warned new Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale to remain in the centre ground because “it would be a huge mistake for the Labour Party to think it should be pitching to the left.”

    Many commentators believe that the Scottish National Party won its general election landslide because it outflanked Labour to the left, urging opposition to the austerity agenda backed by the Tories, Liberal Democrats and Labour.

    Not so, declares Darling, explaining: “The nationalists are quintessentially New Labour in their approach. They are parked in the centre ground.”

    So in the gospel according to Saint Alistair, Labour fought the general election from the centre ground, as did the SNP, but the nationalists won rather a lot of seats and Labour just one.

    Some would suggest that the apparent illogicality in Darling’s argument is matched by his capacity for backing losers.

    Not so, snort his defenders, pointing out that the Better Together campaign he led jointly with the Tories narrowly defeated Scottish independence in the national referendum.

    The former chancellor went on from this triumph to throw his weight behind Blairite ex-minister Jim Murphy, enthusing: “Jim has the enthusiasm, the energy and above all he’s a fighter. For too long we have sat back when we needed to fight.”

    How was Darling to know that his own close identification of Labour with Tories would be manna from heaven for the SNP at the general election?

    Building on his disastrous record, Darling emphasised his backing for Liz Kendall in the Labour leadership election.

    “I think she recognises the scale of the challenge we face. She is a realist but also understands that if we are not the party of change we could easily become a party of the past,” he pontificated.

    His favourite finished a woeful last with just 4.5 per cent of the vote, yet he still affects to believe that his addiction to the sorry outdated New Labour mantras merits attention.

    Corbyn’s victory had its roots in growing dissatisfaction, both within Labour and beyond, with a culture of political and economic uniformity.

    The new leader talks a language that people understand and speaks from the heart rather than rambling on with a fixed smile while saying nothing.

    His programme priorities were laid out clearly during the long leadership election campaign.

    If Darling still doesn’t know what Corbyn is for, that says more about his political myopia than it does about the new leader.



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  4. A Wall Street hedge fund manager named Martin Shkreli decided that he could make a lot of money off a life-saving drug for AIDS patients and other sick people by jacking the price from $13.50 per tablet to $750. Sick people be damned.

    I started a Congressional investigation into his price gouging. Shkreli promised to reduce the price, though he hasn’t done so yet.

    But Martin Shkreli was angry. He didn’t like that I criticized him, so he tried to get a private meeting with me. And he thought the best way to do that was by donating $2,700 to our campaign.

    That may be how other campaigns work. Not ours. We are taking Martin Shkreli’s $2,700 donation and are giving it straight to an AIDS clinic in Washington, DC.

    Bernie Sanders


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  6. From the Bernie Sanders campaign:

    A presidential campaign should be about the issues. Bernie’s been right on the issues early and often.1962: As the Civil Rights Movement grew, Bernie led a sit-in to desegregate off-campus student housing at the University of Chicago1983: In the midst of public vitriol against gay rights, Bernie endorsed the first Gay Pride Day in Burlington, Vermont, calling it a civil rights issue1991: In his first term in Congress, Bernie voted to oppose the federal death penalty, and has opposed the death penalty his whole career1993: President Clinton promised hundreds of thousands of new jobs from NAFTA, but Bernie voted to protect American jobs by opposing the trade agreement.1996: Bernie voted against the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in order to stand up for legal rights of LGBT Americans.1999: While Congress rushed to deregulate Wall Street, promising new wealth for the country, Bernie opposed the effort, correctly predicting that it would lead to further concentration of power in our country2001: Bernie opposed the Patriot Act in spite of an overwhelming majority in favor of passing the bill that reduced civil liberties.2003: While President Bush and Congress rushed the country to war with Iraq, Bernie Sanders opposed the war, saying it would result in anti-Americanism, instability, and more terrorismAnd Bernie has always stood up for working families against the interests of the wealthy.


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  8. Wednesday 4th November 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    SO THAT’S it then. Just when Jeremy Corbyn thought things were going pretty well for Labour, he suffers the body blow that Tom Harris — who? — has had enough.

    Harris was a Labour MP in Glasgow from 2001 until May, losing his seat to Scottish nationalist Stewart McDonald.

    He was briefly a junior minister before being relieved of his duties by Gordon Brown and threw his hat in the ring for Scottish Labour leader in 2011, bailing out early because of a dearth of voter enthusiasm.

    Harris accused Scottish Labour then of having had “no new ideas” in 12 years of devolution, of being closer to the public sector than to business and of having failed to be “a party of aspiration.”

    Given such a record of loyalty to his party, it should be no surprise now that he writes on social media of “60 per cent votes for sure-fire election losers, IRA-supporting shadow chancellors and Scottish Labour unnecessarily splitting the party on issues over which it has no responsibility” and Labour agreeing to consult Stop the War over military involvement in Syria.

    “So that’s it. Labour has jumped the shark. It has gone from a bit bonkers to irredeemable in the space of a single day. And I give up. That’s it for me. Giving. Up,” he declared dramatically.

    Corbyn always insists that there is room for all shades of Labour opinion within the party, but he may well believe that it’s probably time for this overexcitable comrade to have a rest.

    Harris notes in desperation that 60 per cent of party members voted for Corbyn, boosting party membership that had stagnated while advocates of “responsible” economic policies and “pro-business” attitudes held sway.

    One reason that thousands of people flocked to Corbyn’s rallies throughout Britain during the leadership campaign was that he eschewed New Labour’s “we love the City” approach and demanded that business pay its fair share of taxation.

    He clobbered corporate tax-dodging and the comprehensive failure of HM Revenue and Customs top brass to tackle offshore tax evaders, insisting that recruitment of more staff was essential to counter this criminal conduct.

    The Commons public accounts committee report on HMRC inadequacy illustrates the correctness of the stance of Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell against the complacency of the “party of business” brigade.

    Tony Blair’s erstwhile spinmeister Alastair Campbell has also jumped on this bandwagon, slating Corbyn for not cancelling previous commitments to address the CBI bosses’ organisation next Monday.

    Labour leaders have become too adept at tickling corporate leaders’ bellies in recent years. Priorities have to change.

    Working-class interests have to be placed centre-stage. Direct state investment has to play a role in modernising infrastructure, providing well-paid employment and boosting output.

    Left to itself, big business refuses to invest unless government guarantees its profits. This is an unsustainable economic model.

    Former New Labour Treasury minister Liam Byrne is another to bang the drum for Labour to be “the pro-enterprise party in Britain.”

    But his criticism of the Labour leadership’s “People’s Quantitative Easing” approach and his antipathy to public ownership and higher spending on essential services reflect the same discredited attachment to economic orthodoxy.

    One-time party leader Neil Kinnock distances himself from the critics of the Corbyn-McDonnell investment strategy, commending their alternative economic approach to that of George Osborne.

    However, he ought to rethink his insistence on knowing that “the British people will not vote for unilateral disarmament” unless by this he means that Scots don’t qualify as British.

    The SNP opposes replacement of Trident nuclear-armed submarines and won all but one seat in Scotland.

    Kinnock should realise that old certainties no longer apply. New situations demand new approaches, which is why the Corbyn election campaign turned Labour’s world upside down. Fresh thinking is essential.



  9. Saturday, 14 November 2015 Sanders secures US postal union endorsement

    VERMONT Senator Bernie Sanders secured the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union endorsement to be the Democratic Party presidential candidate on Thursday.

    The union’s decision gives Sanders a big boost heading into the second Democratic debate in Iowa on Saturday and comes as the Vermont senator has sought to halt a string of labour endorsements to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

    The postal workers’ union said Sanders has a long history of supporting its workers and pointed to his efforts to keep open post offices and mail-sorting plants in rural communities, oppose slower delivery standards and fight attempts to privatise the mail service.

    ‘Senator Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country,’ APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. ‘He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk.’

    Clinton has won the support of the National Education Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Now, Sanders has received his second national labour endorsement. The first came from the 185,000-member National Nurses Union.

    Postal worker union officials said they were particularly swayed by his address to 2,000 activists in Las Vegas in October. From his Senate perch, Sanders has also blocked two nominees to the postal Board of Governors who are opposed by postal unions. The union said Sanders’ support was overwhelming among its executive board, which also heard a labour appeal from Clinton’s campaign.



  10. Saturday 21st November 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    UNITED STATES presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders laid out his concept of “democratic socialism” as a revival of president Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal on Thursday evening.

    The outsider-turned-favourite in the race for the Democratic Party candidacy also called for a global coalition against Islamic State — including Russia.

    “A new and strong coalition of Western powers, Muslim nations, and countries like Russia must come together in a strongly co-ordinated way to combat Isis,” Mr Sanders said in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

    “I don’t believe government should own the grocery store down the street or control the means of production,” he insisted, “But I do believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of America deserve a fair deal.

    “Democratic socialism means that if somebody works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty,” Mr Sanders said, calling for a minimum wage of $15 (£10) hourly.



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