Clinton’s use of a private email account connected to a server in her New York home while she led the State Department now hangs over her campaign to become the Democratic nominee for the November 2016 presidential election.
The emails were reportedly forwarded to Clinton’s private server by former Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan, who is now the policy director for Clinton’s presidential campaign. These emails, posted online on a State Department website, contain confidential information that was revised for public viewing.
Official figures will not be released for another two weeks, but Clinton has now raised more than $75 million overall for the Democratic primary, putting her on track to raising $100 million by the end of the year.
But dozens of other people, including lobbyists for foreign governments, emailed her directly, and Clinton has not explained how she thought the State Department would have collected those emails.
Clinton also has a super-PAC backing her that has raised more than $25 million, while Sanders has refused to allow any super-PAC help as he opposes unlimited campaign donations.
There is no evidence that the attempt to compromise Clinton’s account, which resembles “phishing” techniques often used by fraudsters, involved the Russian government but it does appear to have been specifically aimed at residents of New York even though there is no clue to her physical location contained in Clinton’s email address, [email protected]
The sum represents a drop-off from the record $47.5 million she had collected during the previous fundraising quarter and edges past the more than $24 million collected by her rival Vermont Sen. One email chain, involving retired General David Petraeus, that wasn’t turned over to the State Department was found by the Obama administration last week.
In a February 21, 2011, email, Clinton, responding to Mills, asked, “How can we get the word out?” regarding a documentary, airing on MSNBC, about her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and his work at the Clinton Foundation. The State Department plans to release them all by January. She reiterated in a recent interview that she didn’t “send or receive any material marked ‘classified.’ We dealt with classified material on a totally different system”. The discussion never mentioned Clinton’s own usage of a private email account and server. “Breaking news: Clinton received spam”, he wrote.
One email included a discussion of a US drone strike, part of a covert program that is nevertheless widely known.
“I’m fighting w the WH operator who doesn’t believe I am who I say and wants my direct office line even tho I’m not there”, Clinton wrote in February of 2010. It only increases the chances of them trying to do a Hail Mary [pass] or land a zinger that can really hurt the leading candidates.
That September, Abedin emailed Clinton with a Bloomberg article about whether her popularity is prompting “buyer’s remorse” from Obama backers.