Hillary Clinton filed financial documents Tuesday showing that in 2015 she earned more than $5 million in royalties from her book ‘Hard Choices’ and about $1.5 million in speaking fees before she launched her presidential campaign.
Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, continued his lucrative speaking tour through last November, more than six months after his wife entered the race, reaping more than $5 million from banking, tech and other corporate interests.
Clinton’s campaign released her disclosure publicly hours after Republican Donald Trump put out a statement describing his personal wealth at $10 billion.
She used the release to sting Trump for refusing to publicly release his tax returns, a theme she and her surrogates have repeated in recent days, asking what Trump is ‘hiding.’ Last year, she released her own family tax returns covering 1977 to 2014.
Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street interests between 2013 and 2015 spurred questions about her own lack of transparency, leading to repeated calls from her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, for transcripts of her talks to banks, investment houses and other financial interests.
The six speeches disclosed in Mrs Clinton’s latest documents include the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce paying her $150,000 for a talk in January 2015, following two other speeches in Canada that also were co-sponsored by the bank.
In all, she made at least 94 appearances before corporate and other special interests between 2013 and 2015, earning more than $21.6 million for her services.
Here’s the breakdown on Hillary’s income from speeches:
tinePublic Inc. – Winnipeg, Canada – $262,500
tinePublic Inc. – Saskatoon, Canada – $262,500
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce – Whistler, Canada – $150,000
Watermark’s Silicon Valley Conference for Women – Santa Clara, CA – $225,500
eBay – San Jose, CA – $315,000
American Camping Association, New York Section – Atlantic City, NJ – $260,000
A review of federal records, regulatory filings and correspondence by the Associated Press showed that almost all the 82 corporations, trade associations and other groups that paid for or sponsored Clinton’s speeches have actively sought to sway the government – lobbying, bidding for contracts, commenting on federal policy and in some cases contacting State Department officials or Clinton herself during her tenure as secretary of state.
CLINTON: Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered… But you know anybody who knows me who thinks that they can influence me, name anything they’ve influenced me on. Just name one thing. I’m out here every day saying I’m going to shut them down, I’m going after them. I’m going to jail them if they should be jailed. I’m going to break them up. I mean they’re not giving me very much money now. I can tell you that much.
For someone who talks a tough game against banks, Hillary is certainly not following up that talk with action is she? Three of the firms she spoke to — Goldman, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America — ended up settling with the federal government for $5.1 billion, $13 billion and $16.6 billion, respectively, for their roles in the financial crisis. Of course, Clinton vows in her speeches to her supporters that she will go after the “big, bad banks”. I think what she really meant was she will go after them as far as fundraising is concerned.
Hillary is a laughing stock! Does this woman NOT have ANY principles left? She’s about as transparent as a blackboard. Of course, what did you expect? It’s called power, money and selling your soul to the highest bidder. The more money you donate…the more power she has to support your efforts. She doesn’t care if you are from Russia, China, or Canada. She will take your money. As for transparency…one word says it all…#Benghazi.
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