Several hundred Bernie Sanders backers had hoped to obtain legal remedy after their candidate’s defeat to Hillary Clinton was helped along by a biased Democratic National Committee and an in-the-bag then-chair Deborah Wasserman Schultz.
But their hopes were dashed on Friday when Reagan appointee Judge William Zloch dismissed the lawsuit, which had been filed by attorneys Jared and Elizabeth Lee Beck against both the DNC and former chair Wasserman Schultz, according to Lawnewz.
Filed last June, the lawsuit alleged that Wikilieaks emails and other evidence showed that the Democratic National Committee “actively concealed its bias” from Democrats and was essentially in bed with the Clinton campaign the entire election.
But Zloch ruled that the Bernie supporters haven’t technically been harmed, nor would the remedy be through the courts.
“To the extent Plaintiffs wish to air their general grievances with the DNC or its candidate selection process, their redress is through the ballot box, the DNC’s internal workings, or their right of free speech——not through the judiciary,” wrote Judge Zloch.
“The Plaintiffs asserting each of these causes of action specifically allege that they donated to the DNC or to Bernie Sanders’s campaign,” Zloch continued. “But not one of them alleges that they ever read the DNC’s charter or heard the statements they now claim are false before making their donations. And not one of them alleges that they took action in reliance on the DNC’s charter or the statements identified in the First Amended Complaint (DE 8). Absent such allegations, these Plaintiffs lack standing.”
And here they were thinking the DNC was actually a neutral party!
“The act of donating to an organization does not, of itself, create a legally protected interest in the organization’s operations,” wrote Judge Zloch.
The results of this case could have ominous portents for a similar case on the other side of the political spectrum – retired Virginia attorney Bob Heghmann’s federal lawsuit accusing GOP leaders of fraud and racketeering for raising funds for years by falsely promising to repeal Obamacare.
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