Tim Hunter of Gardiner sues the Democratic National Committee; alleges bias towards Clinton

Tim Hunter. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Tim Hunter. (photo by Lauren Thomas)

Local activist and musician Tim Hunter, who once sung protest songs at Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino when the latter visited New Paltz, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its chairman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Hunter claims that Schultz and the DNC have been biased toward presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a violation of the committee’s own by-laws which reduces the value of his own contributions to the Bernie Sanders campaign. He is asking for a full accounting of how money has been raised and spent in support of candidate Clinton in his suit. He also wants his money back. In papers filed June 6 in Albany, Hunter writes that the role of the DNC “has been to remain neutral between competing contenders for the nomination to be their general election candidate, and wait until the Democratic National Convention, which Article 2 Section 2 of the DNC bylaws call ‘the highest authority of the Democratic Party.'” Hunter said that he’s donated $189 to Sanders — in $27 chunks — which cannot compare to the millions raised by joint fundraising committees such as the Hillary Victory Fund. “The setup allows Clinton to solicit checks of $350,000 or more from her super-rich supporters at extravagant fundraisers, including a dinner at George Clooney’s house and a concert at Radio City Music Hall featuring Katy Perry and Elton John,” Hunter writes in the complaint, quoting from an article in Politico. Further, “most of the $23.3 million spent directly by the victory fund has gone toward expenses that appear to have directly benefited Clinton’s campaign, including $2.8 million for ‘salary and overhead’ and $8.6 million for web advertising that mostly looks indistinguishable from Clinton campaign ads.” The relief Hunter seeks includes having an “impartial qualified outside party do a complete accounting of all funds that the DNC has collected and how it was spent,” as well as acknowledgment that members of the committee have “been aiding the Clinton campaign in monetary and non-monetary ways.” Additionally, he seeks some equity in the form of the Sanders campaign being awarded funds equal to however much was used to benefit the Clinton campaign. In the alternative, Hunter said he’d accept a check from the DNC for $189. All this must be accomplished before the July 25 convention. If that can’t happen, Hunter is asking that a judge delay the convention’s start until this matter is settled.

There are 9 comments

  1. Dan Daily

    Sour grapes on a litigious spree.
    Bernie lost fair and square,
    or at least as fair as any political race can be,
    And some just can’t stand it.
    Move on. Get citizens united overturned instead
    Of attacking the DNC with this nonsense.
    First things first. Defeat Trump.
    You think it can’t get worse than it is now.
    If you don’t down low this stuff and get behind
    HRC, just watch what happens when a true demagogue is
    in The White House.

    1. Dan Daily

      P.s. To those who gave money their families
      Needed to The DNC.: don’t. It’s politics.
      No one wants you to donate when your family is in need.
      Bernie wasn’t ignored, but he lost by 3 million votes – not the DNC’s
      problem

  2. Sherry Davis

    The fight against this rearranged fraud is on. People are abandoning the DNC at a record pace due to the way they handled this election. The fix was in after a closed door meeting after Obama won president. He said he would hand over the presidency to Clinton when he was over. That is not how it is supposed to be in America. The people votes should be what counts. That is why the DNC lied and cheated all through this election. Fight the fraud and count the votes.

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