Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

"I’m furious for what you are doing for Bernie Sanders," says one caller in a message to a DNC official. "He’s getting way too much influence." (Photo: Pixabay/CC0)

On Top of Emails, Leaked DNC Voicemails Show Money Buying Access

'Messages highlight the relationships between donors looking for favors and goodies, and the party officials trying to bring in money to their coffers'

Jon Queally

Just before President Barack Obama delivered his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, new reporting on the so-called "DNC Leak" by WikiLeaks unearthed a large batch of voicemails contained in the files which give additional texture to a scandal that has loomed large at this week's event in Philadelphia.

Though many of the voicemails (see the complete list of audio files here) are rather innocuous in their content, CNN reports how other "messages highlight the relationships between donors looking for favors and goodies, and the party officials trying to bring in money to their coffers."

And as The Hill reports:

One caller with an Arizona area code called to blast the DNC for putting Sanders surrogate Cornel West on the platform drafting committee.

“I’m furious for what you are doing for Bernie Sanders,” another caller says in a message. “He’s getting way too much influence.”

“What I see is the Democratic Party bending over backwards for Bernie,” adds the caller, who threatens to leave the party if the DNC doesn’t stop “coddling” the Vermont senator.

It appears, as Politico also notes, that the voicemail files are not part of a new dump, though many outlets reported it that way, but rather an overlooked section among what WikiLeaks first published last Friday.

But as this news segment on ABC News from Wednesday helps show, the leaked emails—coupled with some of the more telling voicemails—reveal how big money and political favors help capture influence within the Democratic Party:

As Common Dreams has reported this week, the DNC leak has deepened divisions between the more progressive wing of the party which backed the campaign of Bernie Sanders and the establishment wing that largely controls the party apparatus and put its full support into making sure Hillary Clinton was selected as the nominee.


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

EPA's Environmental Justice Office 'Won't Make Up for' Manchin Deal, Campaigner Says

"We've seen a lot of structural changes on environmental justice in the Biden, Obama and Clinton administrations, but we need to see the results," said Wes Gobar of the Movement for Black Lives.

Julia Conley ·


Historic Tropical Storm Fiona Sweeps Homes Into Ocean in Eastern Canada

"Climate change leads to warmer ocean water at higher latitudes," said one Canadian civil engineering professor. "A warmer future increases the probability that more intense storms will reach Canadian coasts."

Julia Conley ·


Federal Judge Allows 'Untenable' Plan to Send Juvenile Inmates to Angola Prison

"The move defies all common sense and best practices, and it will cause irrevocable damage to our youth and families," said one children's advocate.

Julia Conley ·


'Catastrophic': Arizona Judge Allows 1864 Abortion Ban to Go Into Effect

"No archaic law should dictate our reproductive freedom," said one rights advocate.

Julia Conley ·


US Progressives Express Solidarity With Iranian Protesters After Death of Mahsa Amini

"The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Julia Conley ·

Common Dreams Logo