Berniecrats Are Taking Over the Democratic Party from the Bottom Up, One Office at a Time



This article originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal and was re-printed by

In Washington, Democrats are grappling with what it means to be a minority party in the age of Donald Trump. In the rest of the country, populist followers of Sen. Bernie Sanders are mounting a sustained effort to answer the question from the bottom up.

In California, supporters of the 2016 presidential contender packed the obscure party meetings that chose delegates to the state Democratic convention, with Sanders backers grabbing more than half the slots available.


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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: Continue reading