Is Ryan Hughes of the Sanders Campaign Secretly Working for Hillary Clinton?

After outing Hillary Clinton supporters who infiltrated Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, Niko House has gone on to accuse Sanders campaign state director Ryan Hughes of receiving money from Hillary Clinton’s super PAC, Priorities USA (actually its legal name is Priorities USA Action). This charge has been echoed and amplified in written form by the Caucus 99% blogpost written by Steve D. House never reveals the source of this claim nor what evidence he has for it but Steve D does:

“Ryan Hughes was Sander’s campaign’s state director for Michigan, and is now the state director for Bernie’s Pennsylvania campaign, as well. Mark Craig, the founder of a grassroots volunteer group in Michigan that supports Bernie Sanders,, had many dealings with Ryan Hughes after Hughes came to Michigan. Mark Craig also said he was one of the primary organizers for Bernie’s March 2nd rally and speech to thousands of people at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University. His grassroots organization was started in 2015, long before Ryan Hughes showed up as the paid director for Bernie’s campaign in Michigan.

“Mr. Craig stated to me that knows a senior employee who works for Priorities USA Action (‘Priorities USA’), a Hillary Super Pac. In late February, after Craig casually mentioned that Ryan Hughes was running the Sanders’ campaign, that person told him that Hughes was receiving direct payments from Priorities USA, all while Ryan Hughes worked as the Sanders’ campaign’s state director for Michigan, along with several other paid Michigan staffers.”

Steve D goes on to echo Craig’s charges about the alleged misdeeds of Hughes while he was the Michigan state director:

“1. Hughes refused requests by volunteers to politicize the Flint water crisis. Even though the Hillary campaign was doing so for months prior to the election, Hughes told volunteers not to make the water crisis a point of emphasis until shortly before the date of the primary.

2. Told volunteers they could no longer do door to door grassroots canvassing. Instead, volunteers in Flint were directed to canvas only those residential addresses that included likely Sanders’ voters. When volunteers went to those addresses they usually found abandoned homes, or people who were registered Republicans.

“3. Ignored volunteers request to canvas in African American neighborhoods.

“4. Kicked out all of the volunteers who were willing to work for free to staff the Flint office. Hughes replaced them with paid staff, many of whom had no Michigan ties.”

Within days of these allegations being made, a local Michigan Sanders supporter Monica RW of the Independent Underground news/talk podcast/blog made a video to set the record straight about what happened in Michigan:

Remember, Michigan is where Sanders overcame a 20-point deficit in the polls to beat Clinton in a ‘yooj’ upset. If Hughes successfully suppressed grassroots activism as the Michigan state director, that victory never would have happened.

The basic problem with the accusation that Hughes is on the payroll of Priorities USA is that Priorities USA’s entire payroll is publicly available for all to see and Hughes’ name is not on it! If you doubt that, check their Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings yourself.

House and Steve D. failed to do basic due diligence before going public with what is clearly a bogus accusation against Ryan Hughes. They possess zero documentation (a bank statement, a check, an FEC filing, a contract) and they did not contact a wide variety of contacts in Michigan to independently corroborate the claims of Mark Craig. Instead, they put on their Hillbot-detecting tin foil hats before going public without thinking through how their actions would undermine the campaign in Pennsylvania (where Hughes is currently state director) by creating needless infighting and drama both of which objectively aid the Clinton campaign.


Birdie Sanders goes full conspiritard.

The strangest thing about this whole fiasco is that we are supposed to believe the word of some anonymous political operator who is literally working for Priorities USA. Neither Niko House, nor Steve D, nor Mark Craig apparently had the intelligence to ask themselves: why would someone working for Clinton’s super PAC want to help us? Why would someone working for Clinton’s super PAC reveal that they had a mole in our camp?

If Craig’s story about where he got this misinformation is true, then he, House, and Steve D are being played for suckers by someone at Priorities USA. If Craig’s story is not true, then he is a liar. Those are the only two possible conclusions given that there is zero evidence that Hughes is on Priorities USA’s payroll.

9 responses to “Is Ryan Hughes of the Sanders Campaign Secretly Working for Hillary Clinton?

  1. Ryan Hughes’ LinkedIn page states he worked as a Business Development Manager from Aug 2011-Dec 2015 (4 years 5 mos) at Energy Pioneer Solutions in Hastings, NE. So I googled Energy Pioneer Solutions and Clinton and this appeared: Bill Clinton’s Nonprofit Reportedly Gave Alleged Mistress Julie Tauber McMahon’s Energy Company A $2 Million Grant ( and Clinton Global Initiative Concludes With $6 Billion in Commitments ( Interesting coincidence, no?

    I just saw a news article published today (Apr 2) containing a quote from Ryan Hughes representing the Sanders campaign in PA. I wonder if the campaign is aware of these allegations.

    And there’s more. Ryan Hughes lists the position Grassroots Manager for Dewey Square Group, Washington, DC from Feb 2007-June 2011 (4 years, 5 mos). So I googled Dewey Square Group and Clinton and found this: Hillary Clinton’s shadow campaign(

    This has been cross-posted at Caucus99% and Kossacks for Sanders. Comments welcome!


  2. That video you included seems almost less credible than Niko’s videos. She brings up things that have nothing to do with anything, like his shirt and that he films in a car. She seems to imply that these superficial judgments of hers are part of why we shouldn’t trust what he says


    • She’s pointing out House’s lack of professionalism, which is a fair point given the seriousness of the allegations. The fact of the matter is that phonebanking and canvassing were not suppressed in Michigan, which is the most important point of her video.


  3. Someone needs to talk to Mark Craig. His experiences are very (and eerily) similar to those experienced by Stephen Coyne in western Mass and my wife and myself in Boston. Stephen’s grassroots org and their activities were subverted by the political director of the Mass campaign, Joe Caiazzo, who we found out IS actually employed by (according to his own LinkedIn page) and a political partner of a Hillary-affiliated think tank (Truman Project, named after Harry I-dropped-the-bombs-on-Japan Truman, and the Truman US-hegemony-forever Doctrine) which promotes the TPP and which employs Madeleine it-was-worth-it-to-starve-half-a-million-Iraqi-kids-to-death Albright as a top political consultant. This same Mass political director threw away endorsements from prominent leaders of the black and Latino community in Boston (documented – one of them provided by my wife), so that at primary time Bernie had zero endorsements. We were directed to canvass and call ONLY likely Bernie voters, and given a tiny number of flyers, while Hillary’s people were PLASTERING the communities of color with literature and voter cards. We LOST Massachusetts as a direct result of this. Bernie won all the white working class communities, and lost in EVERY community of color statewide.


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