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Democratic frontrunner and conflict-of-interest queen Hillary Clinton appears to be buying the Democratic National Committee’s favor with nearly $20 million in donations to the party.

According to the Daily Caller:

Clinton created a “joint fundraising committee” Sept. 10 that funneled big-money donations in excess of the per-campaign limit to the DNC. In the next 20 days, she raised and gave $600,000 to the DNC, and the figure ballooned to $18 million in the fourth quarter, according to newly released figures — a third of her total haul. Normally the party would only team up with a candidate that way if the candidate was the nominee.

That kind of monetary relationship between a party committee and a presidential candidate so early in the election cycle is unprecedented. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney waited until they were the nominees to created joint fundraising committees with the DNC and RNC in June 2008 and April 2012, respectively.

But was the nearly $20 million donation simply done out of the goodness of Hillary’s own heart? Or because she expects the nomination in return?

Bernie Sanders certainly thinks the DNC is prematurely favoring Clinton. After being barred from accessing vital party data by the DNC, he filed a lawsuit.

Likewise, some Democrats claim that Clinton favoritism is the reason there are only six Democratic debates: the party doesn’t want the public getting acquainted with Clinton’s rivals.

Not to mention that the most recent debate occurred six days before Christmas. Other debates were held on weekends, instead of weeknights like the Republican debates.

“I think there is a desire on the part of the DNC to protect Secretary Clinton,” the Caller reported Sanders telling WMUR Channel 9 ABC in Manchester, N.H.

In addition, UPI reports that the progressive group RootsAction wants Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was Clinton’s 2008 campaign national co-chair, fired from her spot as the DNC head. The group collected 24,000 signatures in a petition calling for Wasserman Schultz’s ouster, citing the Sanders lawsuit and debate times as evidence of Clinton favoritism.

Of course, Sanders isn’t much of an improvement on Clinton as far as political views are concerned, but Clinton’s financial bullying has gone too far. She likes to claim she’s for the 99 percent, while she buys her ticket to the White House with money from the wealthy and politically connected.

If she’s going to trash the rich, she needs to run this campaign like she’s poor.