Hillary Clinton has faced controversy since it was exposed that she was paid $675,000 for three speeches given to Goldman Sachs.
When Anderson Cooper asked her during a Democratic town hall why she accepted this sum, all she could respond was, “I don’t know. That’s what they offered.”
Later, in a Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Clinton was asked whether she would release the transcripts of her speeches, to which she replied, “I will look into it.”
Well she “looked into it,” and it’s clear that there is no conceivable manner in which she’ll release the transcripts. She told ABC’s “This Week” that “Let everybody who’s ever given a speech to any private group under any circumstances release them. We’ll all release them at the same time,” which essentially means no way in hell.
Politico, however, got in contact with a few attendees of these speeches and they had somewhat damning things to say.
While Clinton, of course, did not say anything egregious, one attendee stated that, “It was pretty glowing about us. It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”
For someone who claims to be a champion of policing Wall Street and comprehensively addressing campaign finance reform, this is not a good look.
“It would bury her against Sanders,” the attendee said. “It really makes her look like an ally of the firm.”
Clinton has attempted to combat this by claiming that even Bernie Sanders has received $200,000 from Wall Street in donations, which is a blatant lie.
According to TIME, Sanders received money from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) when running for Senate ($37,000 directly, and $60,000 for advertisements)—while the DSCC does receive contributions from Wall Street, Sanders in no way directly took any specific donations from Wall Street when receiving general money from the DSCC fund. The additional $100,000 she includes was not even given to Sanders, but to the Vermont Democratic Party. And this money is only .0016 percent of the DSCC’s overall spending in one year.
When it comes to her ties to Wall Street, Clinton’s attempts at obfuscating her involvement or denouncing Sanders are transparent. She and her husband have received a total of $153 million in paid speeches since 2001, so concerns about her being in bed with the banks are entirely valid.
She either has to release these Goldman Sachs transcripts, or let the rampant negative speculation continue.
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