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Reid: ‘The DNC has done nothing for state organizations’

Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused the Democratic National Committee (DNC) of ignoring the party’s state-level organizations.

“The DNC does nothing to help state organizations,” he told BuzzFeed during a Tuesday interview at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “That’s where they should be spending their time. We need the DNC to do that.”

“One of my fundraisers … he said, ‘The DNC is nothing but a big, dark hole,’” the retiring Nevada senator added. “‘The money comes and goes in that hole and nothing happens,’ and that’s right.”

Reid questioned the DNC focusing its work on presidential election years.

{mosads}“The DNC operates for about eight or nine months every four years. [They should] work year-round and help state parties, and they have not done that.”

Reid said his work building up the Nevada Democratic Party’s operation could provide the DNC a blueprint for moving forward nationally.

“What I’ve developed in Nevada should be a model for this entire country. We spend money, we work 12 months a year, we don’t take time off, a day or two for Christmas, and that’s about it.”

Reid added he hopes the DNC learns from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his campaign’s digital fundraising strategy during this election cycle’s Democratic presidential primary.

“Bernie Sanders — I think what he did is really quite remarkable. He didn’t have a single fundraiser. He just raised over the internet. I would hope the people who are going to run the DNC look at that.”

Democrats are debating their party’s future after President-elect Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, their presidential nominee, in last month’s election.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) remains the front-runner for the next DNC chair in a race that includes several other contenders.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley and South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison are in the running, and Labor Secretary Tom Perez is expected to announce his candidacy.

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