“Non-Partisan” Debate Commission Rules Set By Clinton Supporters

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The Commission on Presidential Debates, a “non-partisan” organization which runs the “official” televised debates between top presidential contenders (and who just recently excluded Libertarian Gary Johnson from participating) appears to be chaired “to-the-man” by Hillary Clinton supporters. When it comes to campaign contributions, the commission has given money exclusively to Clinton’s campaign. Lifezette reports:

Commission Co-Chairman Michael McCurry, who was White House press secretary under former President Bill Clinton, wrote a $250 check to Hillary Clinton’s campaign on the day she announced she was running on April 12, 2015. Dating to her time running for the U.S. Senate in New York, Clinton has received a total of $5,650 from McCurry for her campaigns.

Commission board member and business executive Richard Parsons chipped in $2,700, to go along with a $1,000 contribution he made to Clinton’s Senate re-election campaign and $1,000 to Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign. He also has spoken to the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the Stanford study.

Commission board member Antonia Hernandez, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation, contributed $2,700 to the Clinton campaign in April of last year.

Commission board member Shirley Tilghman has made no campaign contributions, but the report notes that she appears in a video entitled “Hillary Fan” and has praised the Democratic nominee’s leadership in speeches delivered at Princeton University.
Did this proclivity toward Clinton influence the committee’s decision to exclude Gary Johnson from the debates — despite the fact that a majority of American’s desire his inclusion? Could recent data suggesting Johnson actually takes more votes from Hillary than from Trump, have played a role in his exclusion? Will the debates be rigged to handicap Trump? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or in the comments below.
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