The Huffington Post reports that Haim Saban offered $1 million to the Young Democrats of America during a phone interview in which he also pressed the org’s two uncommitted superdelegates to back Hillary Clinton.
Crystal Strait, a Young Democrats superdelegate, backed Obama last week, and the org’s president, David Hardt, remains uncommitted.
Saban denied the allegation, which HuffPo attributed to four independent sources that say the offer was made before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.
Nico Pitney and Sam Stein write, “contacted about the report, Saban, initially very friendly, became
curt. “Not true,” he said, “it’s simply not true.” He declined to
elaborate. Did he talk to the YDA superdelegate? “I talk to many, many
superdelegates. Some I don’t even remember their names.” Did he propose
any financial transaction? “I have never offered them or anybody any
money” in exchange for support or a vote, he said. The Clinton campaign
did not return a request for comment.”