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Reality Check: Dem Super-delegates Include Registered Lobbyists!Reality Check: Dem Super-delegates Include Registered Lobbyists! Posted by Ben Swann on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A week ago I told you about the Democratic Party’s superdelegate problem. And that problem may be worse than we first thought.

Could registered lobbyists have a bigger vote in the process than you do?

This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.

Hillary Clinton continues to hold a delegate lead in her race for the Democratic nomination against Sen. Bernie Sanders. After Super Tuesday, the pledged delegates look like this: Clinton has 1,139 and Sanders has 825.

But as I’ve shown you, when you add in the superdelegates to the mix, the numbers change dramatically. Clinton, in that case, has 1,606 delegates and Sanders only has 851.

There are a total of 717 superdelegates. They make up about a third of all the 2,383 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.

Superdelegates are not bound to the will of any voters. They vote according to their own personal preference. The idea is to protect the party from grassroots activists.

And if you don’t believe that, then listen to what the Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasermann Schultz told CNN’s Jake Tapper about superdelegates (also called unpledged delegates):

“…unpledged delegates exist to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists…”

So again, there are 717 superdelegates in total. Like democratic governors, members of Congress, and well-connected democratic state legislators, 463 of those superdelegates are not former or current elected officials. Many of them are party insiders who have spent years working for the party and making large donations.

But it turns out that an analysis by ABC News has found that 67 of those superdelegates—nearly 10 percent—are actually former or current lobbyists. And:

“41 lobbyist superdelegates—almost six in 10 of all lobbyist superdelegates—have already committed to supporting Clinton. A third haven’t yet revealed a preference. Two have stated that they are supporting Bernie Sanders.”

So what you need to know is that the Democratic Party is trying to play down the lobbyist influence, saying that 85 percent of all delegates are selected by the will of the voters. The real question is, why allow even one lobbyist to have a say? Because the truth is, politics is dirty. Politics is about money and power and influence. But another truth—today is a new day and generations of voters are fed up with the same old politics. They want to remake politics in America, and clearly that means remaking our current party system.

Editor’s note: This segment of Ben Swann’s “Reality Check” was transcribed on Truth in Media on March 23, 2016.

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337 comments
Timothy A. Sorrell
Timothy A. Sorrell

I'm in Washington State that Bernie won in a landslide. Today I find out that our Governor and Senators are all still backing Hillary. Where the hell has our Democracy gone and how did the Democratic party let this happen. Anyone willing to go against the voters are going to hear about it now and if they don't follow the voters they are going to find themselves out of a job.

Ann Meeks
Ann Meeks

Hillary is gonna follow in Obamas footsteps .Corrupt and Bernie is a communist . Call Washington ,we the people vote to bring democracy .Our Opinion is what counts the vote God help everyone to see whats going on ...Think ,,,,why are they all against Trump? Huckabee said it He scares the britches off of them . Republicans too. They sold us out .Gave Obama everything he ask for .No backbone . Make America great again .Vote Trump . He will clean the mess up if at all possible .

Kim Nana Russell
Kim Nana Russell

Wow So, absolutely no government by the people. Finally she spoke the truth. Wake up America

Alan Nash
Alan Nash

We really don't have a vote. The public just goes through the exercise of going to the poles.

Ronald Neece
Ronald Neece

Wow, what a surprise. Seems like the system is rigged to do what they want and to hell with the voters.

Charles Hendry
Charles Hendry

Corporations and central banking family Rothschild has hijacked Washington dc and are using US military complex to plunder the planet for Israel Rothschild banking regime owns America and Britain Ancient banking family Rothschild has duped humans into thinking we have to have a global economy that only they get to tax, control and exploit We 7billion people need to unite and refuse these banker wars and occupation of plunder and take our planet back from corporations and central banking family Rothschild All the money and energy and resources we wasted on all wars total we could be on other planets by now and harvesting the universe The president of America is always the Rothschild

MWilliamWykoff
MWilliamWykoff

Come down to reality in the 21st century and listen to Elisabeth Warren. 


Jim Belcher
Jim Belcher

This election cycle by far has been the craziest one I've ever witnessed. The one question I can't seem to get an answer to is this,,, WHY??? Why are both sides attacking Trump? Why is China attacking Trump, Why is the pope attacking Trump? Why is Mexico attacking Trump? Why are the Republicans going against their own pledge and attacking their own front runner? Why is HilLIARy so afraid of Trump? Why does Trump have this Republican Party split? Why is Mitt Romney going after Trump? Why are the Koch brothers dumping in 75 million dollars to go against Trump? This isn't normal, something doesn't add up and we need to be smart enough to see through the the smoke and mirrors why they are quickly exposing themselves as the try to take down Trump before #SuperTuesday Here's my theory, it goes back to the age old question how to cook a frog alive. The answer is you turn up the heat slowly. So in this theory the frog will be the American people. The pot and fire will represent the Democrats and the Republicans. And finally Trump represents safety out side the pot if we choose to jump out and vote for him. I think we've reached a point where as both sides are scrambling to get Trump under control, and in the process they're making obvious mistakes showing the American people that they're in this together to maintain control over us all.. To the point that they've given up on cooking us slowly and decided to TURN THE FIRE WAY UP!! To keep us in the pot and don't dare vote for Trump!!! Because they see that he's a threat to them if he's going to go Washington and expose them and the games they play. We have a choice here stay in the pot and die or jump out of the pot through the fire that's being turned up to full blast, I realize this is a gamble but this goes back to the original question WHY?? If Trump was part of the game then they wouldn't be attacking him, they meaning both sides would be praising him and there're not doing that.. We need to see and understand that they are afraid of Trump for a reason, and their reason is far different than our reason.. Our reason is will Trump do what he says he's going to do... There reason is I believe that he's going to call people out and name names,,, As for Americans we need to stop and think see this fear that's being displayed by both sides for what is TRUMP ISN'T GOING TO GO TO WASHINGTON TO PLAY NICE!! So I decided I'm JUMPING THROUGH THE FIRE!!! I urge you to do the same.. #TRUMP2016

Brad Limer
Brad Limer

Tell me one time in history the Democratic super delegates over ruled the non-super delegate vote to choose a different candidate. You cannot, because it has never happened. Clinton has 2.5 million more individual votes than Sanders.

Susan Akeo
Susan Akeo

So surprised that she was so candid!!

Janet Texas
Janet Texas

Duh? Anyone who has to ask that question just hasn't been paying attention at all. WAKE UP PEOPLE.

Ted Vanatta
Ted Vanatta

We know that and it stinks much like our government.

Penny Brant
Penny Brant

I am very much against this. It is making sure the party puts in place who they want. Wrong wrong wrong!!!

Joyce Mitchell
Joyce Mitchell

Uh gee, isn't that exactly what a democracy is supposed to be? Eliminate the Super delegates! Make my vote really count!!!

Warren Hartman
Warren Hartman

Who would ever be supprise? They wanted Hilary to be.the one from the start! And there is nothing they won't do to make that happen!!!!

Robbie Lou Porter
Robbie Lou Porter

Of course its rigged The Clintons are felons and world class criminals People are deadbecause of them. Brutal!!!

Danato
Danato

You are kidding I'm assuming. 

Jim Moore
Jim Moore

Nothing Right About This At All !... oh it sounds like a right wing plan ...but not for the left.

Randall Zack
Randall Zack

As George Carlin explained. "It's a big club. And you ain't in it."

Ann Radcliffe
Ann Radcliffe

Oh come on..... SLANDERS knew the rules before he signed the paperwork..... Our party WILL NOT change our rules that have been in effect to a very long time now to rig the election for a non Democrat candidate

Skye Milliman
Skye Milliman

The superdelegate system is a pretty new concept, I think it was only instituted in the 80's, not sure but you could look it up.

Ann Radcliffe
Ann Radcliffe

My point is that this concept is not something new to this election..everyone should have heard of it before now...I certainly know I have and I understand it

Sandra Hall
Sandra Hall

Yhe term deligate is a representative of voters. It doesnt say a representative of their own or bpught opinion

Sandra Hall
Sandra Hall

I'm afraid currently sanders is half of the democratic party if he walks we walk half. Of your democratic party walks. Its pretty pathetic that you tell american voters their votes don't amount to nothing. 40% of pur supporters will vote Trump over a neocon like hillary. 30% will write in Sanders 10% woll vote green.

Sandra Hall
Sandra Hall

del·e·gate noun ˈdeləɡət/ 1. a person sent or authorized to represent others, in particular an elected representative sent to a conference.

Sandra Hall
Sandra Hall

A deligate is not sent to vote for his personal choice but rather the choice of those he represents. If a deligate isn't representing yhe voters then who is he representing? special interest groups more than likely

Wanda Smith
Wanda Smith

Bernie Zombies, I'll talke my toys and go home, and have a temper tantrum

Danato
Danato

The party changes the rules very election year

GeorgeSavanna Smith
GeorgeSavanna Smith

Look at the face. Looks like she's trying to spit out her dentures. She's a disgrace and I believe if she was in jail, she would still get votes.....SAVANNA

James Morton
James Morton

Delegates should not have any connection to government except to vote in the election. Otherwise it could be considered a conflict of interest.

Maureen Tate
Maureen Tate

I feel like this election is brought and paid for by big business, if your among the 99% and you vote for Hillary you deserve what you get

Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith

Obviously they have a bigger vote. I'm through with the Democratic Party, though I will keep supporting Bernie.