Despite an embarrassing loss, it turns out Hillary Clinton campaign staffers didn’t have to wait very long to find new work.
A handful of high-powered campaign operatives are behind the organization leading the anti-Trump “resistance” movement, including the Women’s March on Washington and Wednesday’s Day Without a Woman protest.
According to the Daily Caller, three of the five top strategists behind the March are key Clinton staffers: De’Ara Balenger, Meredith Shepard and Sarah Sophia Flicker. And three lower-level Women’s March staffers (Mariam Ehrari, Hannah Rosenzweig and Caitlyn Ryan) were essential members of Clinton’s extended campaign staff.
Balenger was Huma Abedin’s right-hand woman, reporting directly to Clinton’s top deputy and closest friend. Before joining Clinton’s campaign, she worked directly with disgraced State Department aide Cheryl Mills, who was at the center of Clinton’s private email server controversy, and was accused of wielding the power of the State Department to benefit the Clinton Foundation’s top donors.
Balenger was, officially, Team Clinton’s director of engagement, charged with getting Hillary’s best friends in line with the campaign’s central message.
Meredith Shepard seems to be a seasoned political events planner—likely a boon to a national grassroots political effort. Team Clinton seems to have relied on Shepard as an aide to Balenger to conduct outreach to major donors and Clinton’s most dedicated activists (including Clinton’s friends and family).
Flicker, Ehrari, Ryan and Rosenzweig are all listed in various publications as affiliates of the Clinton campaign, mostly handling activist operations.
It’s no surprise that Clinton supporters would be part of the “resistance.” But it is odd that people who worked very closely with Clinton’s inner circle, including Huma, would end up at the heart of the single largest group organizing anti-Trump events, particularly as “strategic advisers.”
The Women’s March seems to have demurred on registering with the IRS as a non-profit, at least for now, so it may be some time until its top financiers emerge. There is probably no doubt, though, that many of the contacts Balenger and Shepard cultivated as part of Clinton’s team will show up on that same list.