There are millions of people in the U.S. who gave money to Bernie 2016. Those people may now have grounds to sue the DNC.
A Miami-based civil litigation firm called Beck & Lee has announced a class action lawsuit against the DNC for collusion with the Hillary Clinton campaign. Firm partner Jared Beck told US Uncut that the firm had received thousands of requests for legal paperwork. Beck elaborated;
‘Signed agreements are coming in steadily and we continue to get new requests by the minute.’
Attorney Elizabeth Beck also weighed in on the suit, saying;
‘We think that the DNC has been running absolutely out of control and completely disregarding their responsibilities, rights, and duties to the public.’
Anyone may join the lawsuit so long as they donated to the DNC after Bernie Sanders entered the presidential race. The suit is also open to anyone who donated to Sanders’ campaign throughout the course of the caucuses or primaries. This means that millions of people could potentially join the class action to sue the DNC. Roughly 2 million people can count themselves among Sanders supporters, and out of those 2 million, around 7 million donations were made, at an average of $27 each. Over the course of the caucuses and primaries, Sanders accumulated over $222 million.
The lawsuit is centered around a set of emails recently released through Wikileaks. The hacker Guccifer 2.0 allegedly took control of the DNC’s email servers and leaked their contents to the internet. Among other things, the emails show that the DNC had conspired with the Clinton campaign to raise her media profile a month after Sanders entered the primaries. Guccifer also released further communications which show that the DNC devoted personnel and resources to the Clinton campaign as early as the summer of 2015.
Jared Beck believes the lawsuit has a high likelihood of being successful. The DNC’s bylaws specifically require the committee and it’s leadership to be impartial during the primary season. An excerpt from Article 5, Section 4 says “the Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns,” and also holds the Chairperson accountable for ensuring such behavior with her subordinates. Mr. Beck also told press that he believes a fraud lawsuit is justified against DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Schultz claimed neutrality throughout the primary process, while engaging in numerous actions designed to benefit Clinton over Sanders. These included scheduling debates during low-viewership hours, and shutting down access to the Sanders campaign’s voting database.
The firm has allegedly received an outpouring of thousands of emails from disaffected Sanders supporters. Feeling “angry” and “cheated” are common themes that pop up. Firm partner Elizabeth Beck shared one in particular that hit her hard.
‘I remember someone said, “I donated $35, but if I had known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have done it. That was a trip to the grocery store.” ‘
Beck & Lee has previously won multi-million dollar settlements in other civil litigation cases. Anyone wishing to join the lawsuit can email [email protected] for paperwork and is encouraged to follow the case on their official Facebook page.