Correct The Record describes itself as a strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks. On the surface, the stated goal of the organization seems quite reasonable. It is the hidden agenda, of secretly stabbing Bernie Sanders in the back, while supporting an image of innocence, which most people find offensive, and possibly illegal.
Ms. Clinton’s relationship with Correct the Record is unusual. The super PAC coordinates with the Clinton campaign, and other federal campaigns and Democratic party committees. It is questionable as to whether this is actually legal. Campaign finance laws are designed to prevent Pacs and super Pacs from having direct contact with campaigns. Are campaign finance laws having any effect?
The Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign has become a significant threat, and members of the Clinton campaign are becoming worried. The Huffington Post reports Clinton’s super PAC, Correct the Record has started some very silly attacks on Bernie. Apparently, lacking any real dirt, they tried to discredit him by suggesting he was part of some strange international socialist conspiracy aimed at taking over the world.
In a truly bizarre effort, they associated Bernie (who is a Democratic Socialist) with Jeremy Corbyn, the United Kingdom’s new Labour Party leader.
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader who shipped discounted fuel to six states in the U.S., including Vermont (in a deal supported by Bernie), was once praised by Jeremy Corbyn. In their opinion, the praise, combined with the discounted fuel, is enough of a connection to start rumors of a socialist conspiracy. Correct the Record, it seems, is also suggesting Bernie was close friends with the now-deceased Venezuelan leader.
Sent as an email to the Huffington Post, the fabrication twists the facts of how Bernie helped negotiate the program with Venezuela’s national oil company in 2006.
In essence, Correct the Record is being reset to serve as Ms. Clinton’s political communications death star, capable of targeting an enemy, and coordinating directly with the Clinton campaign. Both she and the super Pac are represented by lawyers in the Washington office of Perkins Coie, and the Clinton campaign’s general counsel is Marc Elias, who chairs the firm’s political law practice. In truth, there is no true separation between Ms. Clinton and Correct The Record. Correct The Record is an integral part of her campaign base.
Correct the Record has also begun paying for biased polls showing Ms. Clinton has more support from the voters than Bernie. Check out G. A. Casebeer’s article. (How desperate are they getting?)
Consider Jeb Bush’s manipulation of the system to gain donations for his super Pac, well in advance of announcing his run for the presidency, and Correct The Record’s direct coordination with Ms. Clinton. It would seem campaign finance laws are next to useless and it is rather sad Correct The Record has started using Republican-style smear tactics. Legal or not, the ethics of their behavior is very questionable, and closer to manipulative adolescent behavior, rather than responsible adult behavior.