Gary Hirshberg is the local face of the global conglomerate that owns Stonyfield Yogurt in New Hampshire. He’s also a full-blown leftist and big-time Obama/Clinton supporter and donor. And in March of 2016 he “suggested” to John Podesta and the team that they reach out (to Obama if Necessary) to torpedo a national mandatory GMO labeling bill in Congress because (he says) it could make primary challenger Bernie Sanders look good.
John, the Roberts bill will be introduced on Monday night and it is now highly likely that a very bad “compromise” version will pass the senate this week and be approved by the House and on its way to the White House within a very short period. I can promise you that if President Obama signs this terrible legislation that blatantly validates Bernie’s entire campaign message about Wall Street running our government, this will give Bernie a huge boost and 10,000 -20,000 outraged citizens ( who WILL turn up because they will be so angry at the President for preemption vt) will be marching on the Mall with Bernie as their keynote speaker. In short, I feel certain that Obama (who famously promised on camera to implement mandatory GMO labeling) signing this bill will result in adding at least another month or more of money and attention to the Sanders campaign.
To avoid this, this bill can still be stopped if the WH and Clinton campaign come down now on the 12-14 farm state dems who Roberts will need to pass this compromise.
I am on a plane until 6:30 pm EST but can talk after that. I am also passing the same message to David Simas.
It will be terrible to hand Sanders this advantage at such a fragile time when we really need to save our $$$ for the Trump fight. We should discuss with your team immediately.
So, here we have a prominent Clinton donor who is a functionary of a global food giant, using his inside connections to stop legislation in Congress that would make Hillary’s opponent look good and cost the campaign time and money.
The Clinton team, and Podesta, in particular, don’t think it’s a crazy idea for Hirshberg to grind his ax all the way to the White House.
Corporate power brokers and donors on the left are getting preferential treatment by the Democrat leaders in the government. I guess we didn’t need the bill to show that Bernie was right about the left and Clinton, do we?
As for the Bill? It is sitting in a drawer somewhere collecting dust.