Democratic party congressman Alan Grayson of Florida — a hard left progressive voice who has largely stood up to corporate interests, and one of the few elected party leaders to formally endorse Bernie Sanders during the primary — admitted that his own party is often guilty of money manipulation.
The revelation came during an interview with Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks, who pressed the congressman about his upcoming Senate campaign in the Sunshine State and the challenges of a progressive facing establishment politics.
“Corporate interests throw their money around even now in Democratic primaries,” congressman Grayson admitted. “And the party has become a tool for that kind of manipulation.”
Grayson called out his Senate opponent — Representative Patrick Murphy of Florida — of not only altering his party from Republican to Democrat, but also being on the receiving end of money directly from the party in his bid to defeat Grayson.
“The party spends a million dollars to try to boost my opponent over me — my corporate Democratic — if you could ever can even call him a Democrat — my corporate Democratic opponent. The party spent a million dollars,” he said. Grayson continued to Chariton:
“In essence the Democratic party is laundering money in favor of major donors and making it seem like they’re spending the money just so they would get their hands on the money as it’s passing through.”
For disenfranchised Bernie Sanders supporters who are finding a hard time identifying with the Democratic party status quo, Grayson laid out his argument of equivalency.
“I’m running the only Senate campaign in the entire country that’s funded primarily by small donors of less than $200… just as they did to finance Bernie’s campaign,” he said.
Watch the interview above via The Young Turks.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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