Excerpt from: The RootsAction.org
For a speech? Are you kidding?
While many Americans find it difficult to sit through a full presidential debate, Wall Street, Big Pharma, and corporate technology interests have shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars supposedly just to hear Hillary or Bill Clinton give a speech.
According to a new report by Consortium News, Hillary Clinton took in $11.8 million in 51 speaking fees from January 2014 to May 2015, when she officially launched her presidential campaign. Bill Clinton delivered 53 paid speeches to bring in $13.3 million during that same period. That’s over $25 million total, largely if not entirely from wealthy parties with a strong interest in influencing U.S. government policy.
This system of rewarding former politicians is one of the great corrupting forces in Washington, DC, but the revolving door that brings some politicians back into power makes it many times worse. It smacks of political bribery.
According to the Washington Post, since 1974 when Bill Clinton ran for Congress, the Clintons have raised at least $3 billion, including at least $69 million just from the employees and political action committees of banks, insurance companies, and securities and investment firms.
According to the International Business Times, the Clintons’ foundation took in money from foreign nations while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, nations such as Saudi Arabia for which she then waived restrictions on U.S. weapons sales. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that Bill Clinton was receiving big speaking fees from companies, groups, and a foreign government with interests in influencing the U.S. State Department.
Urge the Clintons to clear their corrupted image by donating their $25 million in recent lecture fees to organizations legitimately working for campaign finance reform, Wall Street reform, environmental protection, and peace.
Eight-digit donors to the Clintons’ foundation include Saudi Arabia and Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk. Seven-digit donors include: Kuwait, ExxonMobil, Friends of Saudi Arabia, James Murdoch (son of Rupert), Qatar, Boeing, Dow, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart and the United Arab Emirates. Those chipping in at least half a million include Bank of America, Chevron, Monsanto and Citigroup. And they don’t even get a speech!
Let’s insist that the Clintons pay forward their $25 million in speaking fees from private interests to genuine public interest groups that seek to undo the damage of corporate dominance and abuse.
- Please sign the above petition by going the Roots Action web site.
— The RootsAction.org Team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.
Consortium News: The Clintons’ Paid Speech Bonanza
Washington Post: Two Clintons. 41 Years. $3 Billion.
Wall Street Journal: Speaking Fees Meet Politics for Clintons
International Business Times: Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals