Court documents and interviews indicate that in early 2008, as Clinton struggled to make up ground against Obama in the primaries, White directly approached the Clinton campaign, pitching his ability to help organize supporters in urban areas. After campaign officials declined his services, a longtime Clinton adviser, Minyon Moore, helped connect White with Thompson, who agreed to fund his canvassing operation, according to the documents and interviews.
Utrecht, the Clinton campaign attorney, emphasized in her statement that the campaign “turned down Mr. White’s services.”
Moore is not identified in the documents, but several people with knowledge of the case said she is the campaign official described in those documents.
Moore, who began her career in Chicago as an organizer for Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign and for Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, became one of the Clintons’ closest political advisers. She served as director of political affairs in the Clinton White House and later as chief executive of the Democratic National Committee.
On Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, Moore was a senior adviser, working closely with many departments of the campaign, and she was particularly instrumental in African American outreach. She was one of the District’s 21 “superdelegates.”
Moore now works at Dewey Square Group, a Washington-based consulting firm, where she heads the multicultural and state and local affairs practices.
The court documents quote from e-mails detailing the conversations. A person described as a senior campaign official told White, “Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to use the street teams.” The person described himself or herself as a “big fan” and expressed a hope that “we can work together soon.”
People close to the case who were not authorized to speak publicly about it said the senior official is Guy Cecil, who served as Clinton’s national political and field director. Cecil, now executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, declined to comment.
Two days later, White followed up with Cecil and Moore, according to the documents.
According to the documents, Moore wrote back to White and Cecil: “I am piping up saying we need your services.” Moore told Cecil in the same message, “Let’s [find] some money. I will fight for it.”