There’s a short phrase that always seems to be accurate when someone is looking for answers, especially in politics – “follow the money”. When you want to know why the men and women who represent you and I are not listening to their constituents, there’s usually a trail of money that will lead you to the answers; it may be lobbyists, power, or the GOP Establishment, but there’s usually money involved. The same goes for Hillary and the Clinton Foundation.
Mandatory financial disclosures released this month show that, in just the two years from April 2013 to March 2015, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state collected $21,667,000 in “speaking fees,” not to mention the cool $5 mil she corralled as an advance for her 2014 flop book, “Hard Choices.”
Throw in the additional $26,630,000 her ex-president husband hoovered up in personal-appearance “honoraria,” and the nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief that the former first couple — who, according to Hillary, were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001 with some of the furniture in tow — can finally make ends meet.
No wonder Donald Trump calls her “crooked Hillary.”
A look at Mrs. Clinton’s speaking venues and the whopping sums she’s received since she left State gives us an indication who’s desperate for a place at the trough — and whom another Clinton administration might favor.
First off, there’s Wall Street and the financial-services industry. Democratic champions of the Little Guy are always in bed with the Street — they don’t call Barack Obama “President Goldman Sachs” for nothing, but Mrs. Clinton has room for Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice and their 10 best friends. Multiple trips to Goldman Sachs. Morgan Stanley. Deutsche Bank. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. UBS Wealth Management.
As the character of Che Guevara sings in “Evita”: “And the money kept rolling in.” And all at the bargain price of $225,000 a pop . . . to say what? We don’t know, because Hillary won’t release the transcripts.
I’m guessing she’s certainly no speaking about how she didn’t take the call for Benghazi though. How about you?
Big Pharma and health-care companies also make the list; they want to keep on the good side of the woman who tried to force HillaryCare down our throats in 1993 and who’s sure to morph ObamaCare into the “single-payer” socialized-medicine model so beloved of “progressives.” So say hello to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores ($225,000) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society ($225,500).
The entertainment industry has an enormous effect on the popular culture, so no surprise seeing the A&E Networks on the list. American Jews donate lustily to the Democratic Party, so throw in the Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis and the Jewish United Fund of Chicago.
The United Fresh Produce Association. The National Automobile Dealers Association ponied up $325,000. Even eBay forked over protection money, er, an honorarium. Because taking care of constituents is what the Clintons do — as long as the constituents take care of them.
You get the gist of it…the list goes on and on. Clintons took in over $21 MILLION! That$21 MILLION!!!
Welcome to the “pay to play” game of “Who wants me to be President?” I don’t know about you, but I can remember Hillary saying when her and Bill left office – they were “dead broke”.
“You have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton said. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It was not easy. Bill has worked really hard. And it’s been amazing to me. He’s worked very hard.”
No. It was not that Bill was working hard. It was that he was “hardly working”. Afterall, how long does it take to scam people with obnoxious fees for speaking? Better yet, how long does it take to sell your soul? I wouldn’t know, but it seems Hillary has a pretty good indication. All you have to do is follow the money. There’s a $21 Million trail leading to the answers. My guess is that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Maybe her new book should have been called “Hardly Any Choices”.