CBCPAC endorsed Hillary Clinton, not the CBC itself.

CBCPAC endorsed Hillary Clinton, not the CBC itself.

Hazel Dukes, the New York state NAACP leader who disparaged Sanders’s role in the civil rights movement, previously helped Wal-Mart in its bid to open stores in New York City after her group received donations from the company. – Glenn Greenwald

WELL, THIS is awkward.

Glenn Greenwald lowered the boom on who exactly endorsed Clinton, unpacking the CBCPAC.

Ben Branch, the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC told The Intercept that his group made the decision after a vote from its 20-member board. The board includes 11 lobbyists, seven elected officials, and two officials who work for the PAC. Branch confirmed that the lobbyists were involved in the endorsement, but would not go into detail about the process.

Members of the CBC PAC board include Daron Watts, a lobbyist for Purdue Pharma, the makers of highly addictive opioid OxyContin; Mike Mckay and Chaka Burgess, both lobbyists for Navient, the student loan giant that was spun off of Sallie Mae; former Rep. Al Wynn, D-Md., a lobbyist who represents a range of clients, including work last year on behalf of Lorillard Tobacco, the makers of Newport cigarettes; and William A. Kirk, who lobbies for a cigar industry trade group on a range of tobacco regulations.

And a significant percentage of the $7,000 raised this cycle by the CBC PAC was donated by white lobbyists, including Vic Fazio, who represents Philip Morris and served for years as a lobbyist to Corrections Corporation of America, and David Adams, a former Clinton aide who now lobbies for Wal-Mart, the largest gun distributor in America.

Coming the day of the CNN debate it exposes Hillary Clinton’s biggest problem while setting Bernie Sanders up pretty well.

Not all CBC members have embraced the Clinton endorsement. Speaking this morning on Democracy Now, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., a CBC member, said she has not endorsed in Democratic primary, and reminded viewers that the CBC “has nothing to do with the” CBC PAC, which is a legally distinct entity. NBC Capitol Hill producer Frank Thorp tweeted that Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was one of two abstentions on the CBC PAC board. – Glenn Greenwald

Some nastiness developed right on cue via Twitter, associating the dissection of the endorsement with nasty tweeters lumping the great Rep. John Lewis into the invectives, which was appalling.

This was a very clumsy move by Clinton’s team, especially after calling Sanders out on boosting his marketing with quotes about him that appeared in her endorsements.

Panicked Clinton supporters sent around a bunch of tweets about Jay Carney saying the President wants HRC to get the nomination, which was already reported in Glenn Thrush’s amazing interview. It was supposed to look like after New Hampshire he was putting his thumb on the scale for security.

Now the CBC claim. …along with the campaign’s efforts to spin Nevada into being almost as white as Iowa.

It’s okay to be shaken after such a close race in Iowa, but especially after the crushing loss in New Hampshire but it’s not okay to show it.