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Update: The DNC Fraud Case Is Dismissed

Update: The DNC Fraud Case Is Dismissed

On Friday, Florida Federal Judge William Zloch dismissed the DNC fraud case, which claimed hacked emails showed that the supposedly impartial DNC had favored Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 presidential primaries. The Washington Post reports…

“Bruce Spiva, representing the DNC, made the argument that would eventually carry the day: that it was impossible to determine who would have standing to claim they had been defrauded. But as he explained how the DNC worked, Spiva made a hypothetical argument that the party wasn’t really bound by the votes cast in primaries or caucuses.

‘The party has the freedom of association to decide how it’s gonna select its representatives to the convention and to the state party,” said Spiva. “Even to define what constitutes evenhandedness and impartiality really would already drag the court well into a political question and a question of how the party runs its own affairs. The party could have favored a candidate. I’ll put it that way.’”

David Weigel

READ MORE: Florida Judge Dismisses Fraud Lawsuit Against DNC | The Washington Post

Yes, I can see that a political party would have the right to favor a particular candidate. But perhaps they should remove claims of impartiality from their charter statement. Voters, be aware.

DNC Charter Statement of impartiality and Evenhandedness, Page 6

“Chairperson, the designated Vice Chair as provided for in Article Two, Section 12(b) of the Bylaws, or the
next highest ranking officer of the National Committee present at the meeting shall preside.

Section 4. The National Chairperson shall serve full time and shall receive such compensation as
may be determined by agreement between the Chairperson and the Democratic National Committee. In
the conduct and management of the affairs and procedures of the Democratic National Committee,
particularly as they apply to the preparation and conduct of the Presidential nomination process, the
Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and
campaigns. [Emphasis mine.] The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the
Democratic National Committee maintain impartiality and evenhandedness during the Democratic Party
Presidential nominating process.”

~ The Charter and the Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States

Be aware. Be objective.



About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Ali Redford

    The DNC and the Democratic Party are not the same entity. These very guidelines explain that explicity. It’s an important point, or I would not interrupt to insert it. I appreciate everything you do, Joanne!

  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    I’m in the dark here. If the choice of voters is irrelevant, why waste so much money on the campaign process?

    • JoAnn Chateau

      To show their billionaire donors they’re working on their behalf?

      In addition, it supports citizens who don’t vote “because it doesn’t change anything” that they are right.

  3. Robert A. Vella

    So, did the judge disallow Section 4 as admissible evidence? Or, did he simply choose to ignore it? By dismissing this case in favor of the DNC’s argument, the judge has set or reinforced the following legal precedents:

    1) That political parties can arbitrarily choose the candidate of their choice as their electoral nominee even if it violates their previously established rules.

    2) That the result of primary elections, i.e. the choice of voters, is irrelevant.

    3) That state laws governing primary elections are subordinate to the will of national political parties.

    4) That democracy is not applicable to primary elections unless political parties voluntarily practice it.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Right on. As a people, we need to understand that establishment politics do not intend to be democratic. We need some kind of nonpartisan organization to oversee elections. Or maybe public-funded elections would make a difference.


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