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Email to DNC Staff Actually Used the Term 'Pay to Play'

The latest leak of documents from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) by notorious hacker Guccifer 2.0 not only suggests the DNC engaged in pay-for-play corruption with donors, but revealed an email where a legal associate used exactly that term with DNC staff. The leak dropped on Tuesday.

"Can we set up a time for a very brief call to go over our process for handling donations from donors who have given us pay to play letters?" asked Jacquelyn K. Lopez, an associate at Perkins Coie LLP, a legal firm servicing the United States and Asia (emphasis added). "Want to make sure we have a robust process in place to make sure that donations that come in from these donors, in any form, get put into the operating account."

The email, dated May 18, 2016, was sent to three DNC staffers: Director of Compliance Preston (Alan) ReedFinance Chief of Staff Scott Comer, and CFO Brad Marshall. Marshall also got in trouble in July during the first DNC leak for encouraging DNC communications staff to plant questions about Bernie Sanders' faith.

Some Twitter users have contrasted this email with Hillary Clinton's brief explanation of pay-to-play, referencing Donald Trump.

Naturally, Clinton has her own pay-to-play scheme, involving her infamous foundation and a major Russian uranium purchase, among many other cases.

Next Page: But there's a lot more "pay to play" in the DNC leak than just this email.