Will Bernie Sanders' 'Our Revolution' Finance DNC, Clinton's Campaign?

Dawn Papple

A Monday night conference call between DNC officials and the man who led Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has some Berniecrats worried that a donation to Sanders new 501(c)(4) organization known as "Our Revolution" would end up in the bank accounts of the Democratic National Committee or even in Hillary Clinton's campaign fund.

The private conference call included DNC chief of staff Brandon Davis and other top Democratic leaders. The call was led by DNC interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile. Ms. Brazille reportedly told those who attended the conference call that Bernie Sanders' previous campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, and Sanders' top campaign adviser Mark Longabaugh, had met earlier in the day and discussed Sanders' schedule and trying to mobilize Sanders' supporters, according to Politico.

During the conference call, Brazile reportedly told the calls' participants that Weaver agreed to assist her "through this election process and beyond."

Weaver told people on the conference call that he hopes to be able to work with all Democrats.

"I know that sometimes in primaries there can be sharp elbows, and I hope I haven't bumped into too many of you," Weaver reportedly told them. "But as we go forward into the general election, I'm very happy to be working with members of the Clinton team in trying to get the Secretary elected."

He also said that Our Revolution had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democratic down-ballot and congressional candidates, but the Politico article about the conference call didn't specify that the candidates were not establishment-Democrats, nor that Our Revolution is actually not even party-specific. Independents who share the progressive views of Berniecrats will also be supported by the organization, according to a separate Politico article.

— Vermont Public Radio (@vprnet) August 12, 2016

This is not the case, according to Sanders' current team working on Our Revolution fundraising. Though Sanders has endorsed Clinton, and Weaver has promised to help get Hillary and down-ballot Democrats elected, Our Revolution will be funding only progressive Democrats who support the mission of Our Revolution and Independents who stand for progressive ideals.

"No money will be diverted to the DNC or Secretary Clinton's campaign," a representative from Sanders' team stated about Our Revolution. "It is extremely important that we keep our movement together, that we hold public officials accountable and that we elect progressive candidates to office at the federal, state, and local level who will stand with us."

Sanders' team says on a fundraising memo that his own energies will mostly be invested in campaigning for lawmakers who have said that they will fight the current system.

"You should know that Bernie intends to be actively campaigning throughout this election season to elect candidates who will stand by our agenda, and we hope to see many of you at events from coast to coast."

— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) August 9, 2016

Zephyr Teachout reportedly won her primary, in part, thanks to financial and grassroots support from Our Revolution and Bernie Sanders' supporters. She now is in general election mode and is already making headlines for calling out the billionaire class with her unorthodox campaigning strategies.

— DemocracyForAmerica (@DFAaction) August 17, 2016

— US Rep. Rick Nolan (@USRepRickNolan) August 9, 2016

"When you think of the political revolution, I want you to think about Pramila," Sanders said at the time.

Our Revolution representatives say that these are the kinds of candidates that will be funded through Our Revolution, and neither Hillary Clinton or the DNC will be seeing a dime from donations made to Our Revolution.

Though Sanders' team began fundraising for Our Revolution early this month, Sen. Sanders will officially launch Our Revolution on August 24 while speaking to his supporters from Ripley Manor in Washington, D.C.. The launch will be viewed live at more than 2,000 organized meetings across the nation, according to The Hill.

"During our campaign we assembled a movement of millions of people ready to fight for the country we know we can become," Sanders said in an email about Our Revolution. "At this meeting, I and others will lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share."

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