In discussing the "Cadillac tax," the Affordable Care Act's 40 percent excise tax on expensive employer-sponsored health care plan, staffers point out that Clinton has changed positions and is also using "clever" language to avoid taking a clear stand.
Press Secretary Brian Fallon comes straight out with it:
The Democratic Party ultimately decided to support repealing the tax.
"We will repeal the excise tax on high-cost health insurance and find revenue to offset it because we need to contain the long-term growth of health care costs, but should not risk passing on too much of the burden to workers," its platform says.
"Also, Mary Pat was here the other night, and she asked if I might be interested in a leadership role at the DNC. John, I've cleared my plate (with the exception of my May book tour), to commit myself 100 percent to helping elect HRC in 2016."
In a February 2015 article in the New York Times, Bonner’s work is described thus: "A constellation of left-leaning nonprofits and 'super PACs' are raising tens of millions of dollars to pave the way for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign — and nearly all of them have paid Mary Pat Bonner a cut.” It goes on to note that “The Bonner Group is paid almost exclusively on commission, a practice that is legal but frowned upon by some fund-raising consultants, who say it leads to fights with clients and other consultants over credit. It is considered unethical by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, partly because it can encourage abuses and, in the charity world, places self-gain over philanthropy."
But one can see how Koualakis might have made the mistake.
Since WikiLeaks’ first publication of Podesta emails on October 8, the total number of leaked emails has reached over 26,000.