The Tax Wall Street Party is calling on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to investigate challenger Hillary Clinton’s perceived victory in the Iowa Democratic Caucuses on February 1.
TWSP Chairperson Daniela Walls issued a public statement on February 2 in the form of an open letter to Sanders and his campaign staff. In the letter, Walls says her organization has “no confidence in the Iowa Democratic Party’s announcement that Hillary Clinton has emerged as the winner.”
The Iowa Caucuses on Monday night ended in a near dead-heat between Clinton and Sanders, considered by some to be a historic feat for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Some sources report that the caucus race was too close to call.
According to Walls, “Reports generally available in the news media and sourced to officials of your campaign speak of some 90 Iowa precincts where the Democratic Party failed to provide a duly credentialed chairperson, and allege that the individual campaigns were being called on to help ‘reconstruct’ the vote totals – an open door to fraud.”
The TWSP statement coincides with charges of voter irregularity and confusion in precincts throughout the state. As reported by C-SPAN, “Caucus chair and Clinton precinct captain do not conduct actual count of Clinton supporters and deliberately mislead caucus” at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines.
The group is urging the Sanders campaign to go through the appropriate legal channels to secure the “immediate impoundment” of all records (printed files, emails, text messages, etc.) generated by Democratic Party officials, the Clinton campaign and “other relevant persons, regarding the conduct of and delegate assignment in these caucuses.”
Walls adds that TWSP takes these allegations very seriously and that an official investigation would be for the benefit of Democratic voters and “of the American people in general.”
TWSP is a non-profit group based in Washington D.C. that describes itself as “the modern revival of the best of American traditions, all of which are historically proven, having been successfully put to use in America and other nations around the world.” They support protections and incentives for “the producers of tangible goods and services, programs to improve the quality of life for American communities, and an end to harmful free trade and financial speculation.”
Walls argues that the attitude expressed by certain officials that the Iowa Democratic Party is in effect “a private club beyond the reach of federal law is anti-historical and outrageous, since it negates the entire effort of the civil rights movement to secure fair primary elections, starting in the southern states.”
Clinton’s campaign, in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee, has been accused by Sanders supporters and others in the party of practices that have been deemed by some as “questionable” at best.
As reported by Iowa Free Press, the Democratic Liberty Caucus, a libertarian/conservative-leaning wing of the party, has called for the resignation of DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who served as the co-chair of Clinton’s failed 2008 bid for president against challenger Barack Obama.
“We further urge you to investigate the possibility of a federal lawsuit against the Iowa Democratic Party for denying the civil rights of Iowa Democratic voters through multiple irregularities, including the obviously unfair coin toss procedure in which the Hillary campaign won every time,” the TWSP statement continues.
The full TWSP statement can be read here.