The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) purports to be a ‘non-partisan’ group that sponsors and produces presidential debates. According to their mission statement:
“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all of the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.”
The Daily Caller is reporting that key members of the debate commission are supporters of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party:
Co-Chairman Michael D. McCurry donated to Hillary Clinton campaigns from 2000 to 2008, giving her a total of $5,650 over eight years. In 2006, during her first push for the White House, McCurry gave Clinton $2,100. There is even a Federal Elections Commission lawsuit that alleges McCurry gave $7,500 to Hillary Clinton from 2008 to 2012.
Richard D. Parsons, member of the board of directors for the commission since 2011, gave $7,900 to Hillary Clinton while she ran in 2008, and contributed again during the 2016 cycle. Interestingly, Parsons was invited to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2007, just one year before his first large donation to Clinton in 2008.
A longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, Paul G Kirk, co-chairman emeritus of the commission, gave Secretary of State John Kerry $6,250 since 1990, and gave the maximum $4,600 to now-President Barack Obama in 2008. “Senator Obama is the one candidate who, in the best tradition of American history, will not take us back but will lead us to a new future,” Kirk proclaimed in May 2008.
Another board member Jane Harman – a former U.S. representative from California – announced her support for Hillary Clinton this year in a statement: “Hillary’s strength and experience make her uniquely qualified to be Commander in Chief and deliver the change Americans want.”
Her husband donated to Hillary Clinton for her first presidential run in 2008. He also gave the Democratic National Committee $25,000 in 2004 and has given over $64,000 to Democratic committees and PACs.
Board member since 2010 Howard Buffett gave $1,000 to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
And another board member since 2014 and former president of Princeton University Shirley M. Tilghman announced her support for Hillary Clinton in a 2011 video:
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