WikiLeaks exposes secret Clinton pledge against farmworker voters in exchange for UFW support

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton secretly promised to help the UFW suppress the votes of thousands of Central Valley farmworkers.

WikiLeaks released an internal Clinton campaign email last week that exposed the secret February 21, 2016 pledge. Clinton made the promise as part of a deal for the UFW’s political endorsement against rival Bernie Sanders.

clinton-praeliAfter promising to do “everything possible” against Gerawan farmworkers, Clinton met in private with UFW President Arturo Rodriguez, the email shows.

“She [Clinton] was asked to help in the dispute between the UFW and CA-based Gerawan Farming,” Clinton director for Latino outreach Lorella Praeli told campaign press secretary Nick Merrill in the February 22 email. “She said she’d do everything possible.”

“Everything” apparently includes ensuring that the Gerawan workers’ ballots, cast in November, 2013, to de-certify the UFW, would never be counted. But Clinton was leery about making the secret promise public because of the primary campaign.

Secret meeting with UFW chief seals the deal

“After the meeting, she had a private conversation with Arturo and expressed caution b/c of campaign,” Praeli told Merrill.

The campaign staff often refers to Clinton by her initials, HRC.

“HRC met with the United Farm Workers (UFW) and earned their endorsement by the end of the meeting. Julie captured this unexpected moment on video – it was special! We’ll be working with UFW to discuss the roll out plan. They’ve asked their members to hold the news,” Praeli said in her email.

“She was asked to help in the dispute between the UFW and CA-based Gerawan Farming. She said she’d do everything possible. After the meeting, she had a private conversation with Arturo and expressed caution b/c of campaign,” Praeli said.