Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Clinton’s Have Collected $35m from Financial Businesses

Hillary says she is no friend of Wall Street. But Wall Street is certainly a friend of hers.

In the 18 months prior to announcing her campaign for president, Hillary addressed private equity investors in California and New York, delivered remarks to bankers in Hilton Head, and spoke to brokers in Florida. She said nice, warm, things to them.

Her efforts capped a nearly 15-year period in which Clinton and hubby Bill made at least $35 million by giving 164 speeches to financial services, real estate and insurance companies, according to an Associated Press analysis.

The lucrative relationship between the Clinton family and the nation’s finance industry has emerged as a key issue. Her rivals accuse her of being too cozy with Wall Street. Hillary merely tells a gullible public to ignore the evidence and elect her anyway, whatever, it’s my turn.

This of course directly plays into the GOP’s argument that Clinton can’t be trusted and will flout the rules to get ahead. How that now plays out on the road to 2016 is the, pardon the joke, $35 million question.

The bulk of the Clinton’s’ paid speeches to the financial industry came after the 2008 economic crash. From 2009 to 2014, the couple made $26 million from 109 appearances sponsored by banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, private equity firms and real estate businesses, and at those industries’ conferences and before their trade organizations.

With Hillary Clinton serving as secretary of state for most of that period, her husband brought in the bulk of the money, nearly $17 million. That included $250,000 Bill Clinton earned for mingling with investment managers in New York after she released a video announcing her second bid for the White House. Coincidental timing, I’m sure Clinton would say.

Beyond the personal income, Clinton also has close political ties to the finance industry. Over the course of her career, from her 2000 run for the Senate to the two presidential campaigns, people working in the finance, insurance and real estate industries have given her campaigns more than donors from any other lines of work, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Her top two contributors over those years were Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, the center found.