Jul. 22, 2016 6:05pm Kate Scanlon
A Politico reporter let an employee of the Democratic National Committee read a story he wrote about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton prior to its publication, according to emails allegedly sent by DNC staffers released by WikiLeaks on Friday.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a special performance of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” July 12 in New York City. Clinton hosted a fundraiser for the Hillary Victory Fund. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)
According to an email purportedly sent by Mark Paustenbach, the national press secretary and deputy communications director at the DNC, he made an “agreement” with Ken Vogel, chief investigative reporter at Politico, to read a copy of one of Vogel’s stories “ahead of time.”
“Let me know if you see anything that’s missing and I’ll push back,” Paustenbach wrote in an email to a fellow DNC staffer.
Image source: WikiLeaks
Vogel’s story wasn’t particularly flattering to Clinton. He reported that only a small fraction of funds raised through the Hillary Victory Fund — billed as a joint fundraising effort between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties — went to state parties.
Her campaign pushed back on the report: “Funds raised through the Hillary Victory Fund are now being used to fund and staff organizing programs in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and states across the country that will register voters, recruit volunteers and organize Democrats to turn out and support candidates up and down the ballot,” Josh Schwerin, a Clinton spokesman, told CNN.
A spokesperson for Politico did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.