A recently published email by Wikileaks identifies 28 members of the media who were invited to an “off-the-record” dinner party at the home of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta three days before Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her 2016 campaign run.
Clinton announced her candidacy on April 12, 2015. On Thursday, April 9, 2015, a 7:00 PM dinner party was held at 3743 Brandywine St NW in Washington, DC, the home of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.
Members of the “media bus,” or the journalists who would be tapped to cover the campaign were invited for dinner and ostensibly, a strategy session that would assist the Clinton candidacy. According to the email dated April 7, 2015, they included:
Liz Kreutz (ABC), Julie Pace (AP), Ken Thomas (AP), Lisa Lerer (AP), April Ryan (AURN) Jennifer Epstein(Bloomberg), Ruby Cramer (Buzzfeed), Steve Chagaris(CBS), John Harwood (CNBC), Dan Merica (CNN),Amanda Terkel (Huffington Post), Mike Memoli (The Los Angeles Times), Anita Kumar (McClatchy), Alex Seitz-Wald(MSNBC), Emily Schultheis (National Journal), Mark Murray (NBC), Tamara Keith (NPR), Amy Chozik and Maggie Haberman (The New York Times), Annie Karni and Gabe Debenedetti (Politico), Amanda Becker (Reuters),Amie Parnes (The Hill), Anne Gearan (The Washington Post), and Laura Meckler, Peter Nicholas, and Colleen McCain Nelson (The Wall Street Journal).
Select reporters were invited to an “off-the-record” party the following night at the home of democratic pollster Joel Benenson. The same email thread invited a “broader universe of New York reporters” for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 PM Friday, April 10, 2015 at Benenson’s home at 60 E. 96th Street, #12B, New York, 10128. The exact list of potential attendees is still being sought within the matrix of emails.
Coordinating the events on behalf of the Clinton cabal include Amanda Renteria, Huma Abedin, Marlon Marshall, Robby Mook, Nick Merrill; Jennifer Palmieri, Brian Fallon, Kristina Schake, Mandy Grunwald, Jim Margolis, Joel Benenson, Marissa Astor, and of course, John Podesta.