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Secretary Clinton's Big Money Burden

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The race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders reached a watershed in Tuesday's Democratic Wisconsin primary.

Secretary Clinton, the presumptive party nominee, lost to Sanders for the sixth straight time. His Wisconsin margin of victory was a substantial 57 to 43.

On Saturday, April 9, Wyoming will hold its Democratic caucus, a western state venue that favors Sanders. On April 19, the two will meet again in the delegate-rich New York primary, a state in which Sanders was born and Hillary served as a U.S. Senator.

Forty years ago, it was in the 1976 Wisconsin primary that Jimmy Carter was transformed from "Jimmy Who," as even his home state Atlanta Journal once called him, to a candidate on the fast track to his party's nomination.

Carter was outside the establishment mainstream, making him an outlier not unlike this year's candidate, the avowed democratic socialist senator from Vermont.

Carter had only recently started to attract notice with his 1976 upset Iowa caucus finish, second only to a slate of delegates pledged to "uncommitted." His major opponent in Wisconsin was Arizona Congressman Morris Udall, an establishment candidate.

The 1976 Wisconsin race was so close that the Milwaukee Journal declared Congressman Udall the winner in an early edition, repeating the embarrassment of the Chicago Tribune's famous early edition headline, "Dewey Beats Truman"(see above).

Forty years later, the establishment 2016 candidate, Secretary Clinton, has absolutely no known connection to a developing financial scandal now breaking in the middle of her campaign against Sanders.

For Clinton, however, this is not a good time for a big money scandal to emerge. Her campaign benefits from money raised from big donors, but given the rising tide of support for Sanders, her benefit can also be a burden.

Sanders' campaign has consistently deplored big money control of the U.S. and world economies.

Revelations now emerging from what is being called the Panama Papers, give Sanders more anti-one percent stump speech fodder.

Both Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have many wealthy donor friends who obviously benefit her campaign coffers and their Clinton Foundation.

This is a burden she must carry as she struggles to win votes in the coming primaries and caucuses, and, she hopes, the November general election.

Sanders does not implicate Clinton in the current financial scandal. However, his supporters see Sanders as the champion of the "rest of us."

In a New York Times editorial, the Panama Papers are examined, carefully.

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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)

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