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    The Democratic National Committee just can’t leave the ghost of the 2016 Democratic primary contest behind. Since Hillary Clinton’s loss in the general election, both her and Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been relitigating the campaign, with disgruntled Sanders backers alleging that the DNC put its thumb on the scales to ensure Clinton came out of the contest as the nominee.
    All the while, the primary fight has been quietly—and quite literally—reargued in a Florida courtroom, with the DNC defending itself against a class action fraud suit brought by two unhappy Sanders backers, husband-and-wife attorneys Jared and Elizabeth Beck.
    The crux of the case is this: Article V, section 4 of the DNC charter states that its chairperson “shall exercise impartiality and evenhandedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns.” Yet emails and other documents released to the public by WikiLeaks show that the DNC was anything but evenhanded and impartial, working to undermine Sanders’ campaign and ensure Clinton won.
    The Becks cited several now well-known examples from the DNC hacks to illustrate their point. The original complaint pointed to an internal memo dated May 26, 2015 that treated Clinton as the presumptive nominee, outlining tactics “to muddy the waters around ethics, transparency and campaign finance attacks on HRC.” (Sanders had already thrown his hat in the ring by this point, while the other candidates were yet to announce).
    During the most recent hearing, Jared Beck, representing the donors suing the DNC, pointed to several more examples, including then-DNC Vice Chair and CNN contributor Donna Brazile giving the CNN debate topics to the Clinton campaign in advance, and the DNC’s strategizing over how to plan the debate schedule to most benefit Clinton: Limit their number and keep them out of the most significant part of the primary season. (Beck could also have pointed to an email from the DNC’s CFO suggesting they use Sanders’ vaguely defined religious beliefs against him.)
    Given all this, the suit argues, anyone who donated money to the DNC under the expectation that it would treat the candidates fairly had been defrauded.
    The suit was originally filed back in June 2016. The DNC has tried several times since, unsuccessfully, to have the lawsuit dismissed. If the transcript of the most recent hearing, held on April 25, is anything to go by, the DNC has good reason to want the lawsuit to disappear quietly: Its legal defense makes it look terrible.
    At the heart of the DNC’s defense, articulated by attorney Bruce Spiva, is the idea that, being a private organization, the Democratic Party is allowed to make whatever rules it wants. The impartiality clause, said Spiva, is “a discretionary rule that [the DNC] didn’t need to adopt to begin with.” Its rules and alleged rule-breaking are a private matter and for a court to interfere would not only draw it into “political squabbles,” but violate the DNC’s First Amendment rights.
    Legally, the DNC is probably on sound footing. As Robert Wigton, professor of political science at Eckerd College has written, the courts “have never provided a coherent framework to distinguish when parties are to be treated as ‘public’ entities and when they are to be deemed ‘private’ ones.” And if a court asserted the right to regulate a party’s rules, it would potentially cause a firestorm among both parties. So the court has every reason to decide not to hear the case.
    But while such arguments might be effective in a court of law, they’re also a nightmare in terms of public relations for the embattled Democrats, who only a little over two months ago faced public scorn for working to block Keith Ellison—the Sanders-backed popular choice—from becoming DNC chair. The DNC’s lawyer telling a judge that it has a right to tip the scales in favor of a certain candidate, even if that breaks its own rules, likely won’t improve the DNC’s image.
    Keeping with this argument, Spiva repeatedly argued throughout the hearing that the DNC has a right to be biased if it so chooses (even though, he assured the court, it totally wasn’t).
    “The party could have favored a candidate. I’ll put it that way,” Spiva told the court at one point in the hearing. “Even if it were true, that’s the business of the party, and it’s not justiciable.”
    Spiva went on to stress that the party’s rules are simply ones they “voluntarily” adopted.
    In other words, the party’s rule around impartiality is one that it could just as quickly choose to jettison. And even if it didn’t, and it decided to break the rule and favor one candidate, it could do so because it’s “the business of the party” and out of the courts’ hands. Not that this is what happened, of course. Not the Democrats. Never.
    One moment in particular that would have made Democratic higher-ups queasy was Spiva’s decision to allude to choosing candidates in smoke-filled back rooms. This was a particularly ill-advised choice after a primary season where the Democrats were accused of doing just that, with the superdelegate system (originally designed to tilt the pendulum back to party officials in the nominating process) criticized as unfairly benefiting Clinton and taking the choice away from the grass roots.
    “We could have voluntarily decided that, look, we’re gonna go into the back rooms like they used to and smoke cigars and pick the candidate that way,” he told the court. “And that would have also been their right.”

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