A tale of two speeches and audiences.
Hillary Clinton was paid over $21 million in closed-door speeching fees, some not even timing an hour, to Wall Street big banks. Nobody knows what she said to them. Nobody knows what she promised them, should she take over the Oval Office. And we are not allowed to see the transcripts of those extremely lucrative speeches. But we know what she is shouting at everyone else in her stump speeches about Wall Street. Given the two conflicting relationships Hillary is displaying to us it ‘really requires a willing suspension of disbelief’ that she is not in a quid pro quo relationship with Wall Street, the big banks, and the hedge funds. Seriously, given what we actually do know about the Clinton cash-raking, we know damn well she is up to absolutely no good for her own benefit.
So, while Hillary trashes and thrashes Wall Street and big banks in her ear-piercing stump speeches, and you know damn well she will full-throatedly, America had better be fully informed of her promises and assurances she gave to those very entities so that the court of public opinion can decide exactly who she is lying to and trying to hoodwink.
It is said if we were to see those Wall Street speeches transcripts it would cost Hillary the election for sure…
Mr. Sanders has implied that there are only two possible answers: (a) the money wasn’t for the speeches themselves, but for the influence major institutional players on Wall Street thought that money could buy them if and when Clinton ran for President; or (b) the speeches laid out a defense of Wall Street greed so passionate and total that hearing it uttered by a person of power and influence was worth every penny.
Per Clinton surrogates and attendees at these speeches, the answer appears to be both (a) and (b).
Now here are a few examples of what we’ve heard from others:
1. Former Nebraska Governor and Senator Bob Kerrey (Clinton surrogate)
“Making the transcripts of the Goldman speeches public would have been devastating….[and] when the GOP gets done telling the Clinton Global Initiative fund-raising and expense story, Bernie supporters will wonder why he didn’t do the same….[As for] the email story, it’s not about emails. It is about [Hillary] wanting to avoid the reach of citizens using the Freedom of Information Act to find out what their government is doing, and then not telling the truth about why she did.”
2. Goldman Sachs Employee #1 (present at one of the speeches)
“[The speech] was pretty glowing about [Goldman Sachs]. 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.”
3. Goldman Sachs Employee #2 (present at one of the speeches)
“In this environment, [what she said to us at Goldman Sachs] could be made to look really bad.”
4. Goldman Sachs Executive or Client #1 (present at one of the speeches)
“Mrs. Clinton didn’t single out bankers or any other group for causing the 2008 financial crisis. Instead, she effectively said, ‘We’re all in this together, we’ve got to find our way out of it together.’”
5. Paraphrase of Several Attendees’ Accounts From The Wall Street Journal
“She didn’t often talk about the financial crisis, but when she did, she almost always struck an amicable tone. In some cases, she thanked the audience for what they had done for the country. One attendee said the warmth with which Mrs. Clinton greeted guests bordered on ‘gushy.’ She spoke sympathetically about the financial industry.”
6. Goldman Sachs Employee #3 (present at one of the speeches)
“It was like, ‘Here’s someone who doesn’t want to vilify us but wants to get business back in the game. Like, maybe here’s someone who can lead us out of the wilderness.’”
7. Paraphrase of Several Attendees’ Accounts From Politico
“Clinton offered a message that the collected plutocrats found reassuring, declaring that the banker-bashing so popular within both political parties was unproductive and indeed foolish. Striking a soothing note on the global financial crisis, she told the audience, ‘We all got into this mess together, and we’re all going to have to work together to get out of it.’”
The problem with the quotes above is not merely their content — which suggests a presidential candidate not only “gushingly” fond of Wall Street speculators but unwilling to admonish them even to the smallest degree — but also that they reveal Clinton to have been dishonest about that content with American voters.
That all sounds bad enough. It’s what is not being revealed that is worse.
Seriously, if this were anyone else they would, at the very least, be on trial right now for even half of what the Clintons have been doing. You know damn well.
Hedge-Fund Money: $48.5 Million for Hillary Clinton, $19,000 for Donald Trump.
Political donations from people at hedge funds have vaulted this election, and far more has gone to the Democratic nominee than to the Republican
Hedge funds are playing a far bigger role in 2016 than in past elections—and Hillary Clinton has been the single biggest beneficiary.
Owners and employees of hedge funds have made $122.7 million in campaign contributions this election cycle, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics—more than twice what they gave in the entire 2012 cycle and nearly 14% of total money donated from all sources so far.
(Breitbart) – The review of Clinton’s donors shows that her top five donors are owners or employees of investment firms, and seven such firms have contributed up to $48.5 million to her.
This sector of political donors have given to Republicans, but the Journal also points out that hedge funders who have given to Republican candidates have picked candidates who opposed Mr. Trump.
The massive donations to Team Hillary are in stark contrast to Clinton’s oft proclaimed desire to put an end to these types of political donations.
During her Thursday acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, for instance, Clinton again pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices “who will get money out of politics.” If necessary, she said, “we’ll pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United!”
The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling helped ensure the ability of people and corporations to make political donations to whomever they wish, classifying such donations as covered under our right to freedom of speech.
In the past, Clinton has declared that the right to free political speech has had a “pernicious effect” on the country.
Nonetheless, the very people on whom she says she would lower the boom have donated large sums of money to her campaign…
And as if big Wall Street money quid quo pro isn’t bad enough, how about all those lucrative foreign donations she hustled for while Secretary of State???
— Justice First (@CUBASIKASTRONO) July 29, 2016
Do you want a real eye-opener to Hillary and Bill Clinton’s huge money laundering machine?
Clinton’s relationship with hedge fund managers: it’s complicated … I’m sure that’s very similar to what Al Capone told the presecutor.
During her event in Harrisburg, a young man began protesting Clinton. "Wall Street Has Her Bought," the man shouted.
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 30, 2016
Clinton's response: "I have to tell you. Some people don’t want to know what the facts are. That’s ok." https://t.co/7PchpbxgVb
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 30, 2016