HuffPo: “Ever wonder how Hillary Clinton can afford so many ads? Chances are, they were paid for with Wall Street cash. Hillary Clinton’s gotten 54 times more money from Wall Street interests than from all of Iowa. Hillary rewarded Wall Street with the $700 billion bailout. And Wall Street made her a multi-millionaire… Does Iowa really want Wall Street in the White House?” —Rove Ad ” “It also reveals that Rove’s operation believes Clinton is a more formidable general election candidate than her progressive challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders” –HuffPo
Politico: attacks Clinton as a tool of Wall Street and is funded by Republican strategist Karl Rove’s PAC, American Crossroads. … Like Rove, the Sanders camp has identified Clinton’s Wall Street connection as one of her biggest weaknesses among Democratic primary voters. At Sunday night’s debate, Sanders compared himself to Clinton, saying, “I don’t get personal speaking fees from Goldman Sachs.”
USA Today: (Goldman Sachs executive Donald Mullen donated $100,000 of the $15.65 million Priorities collected during the first six months of 2015, federal records show.)
WSJ: Rove Op-Ed attacking Hillary.
Rove.com: Attacks Hillary not Bernie
OpenSecrets: CrossRoads in 2014 received 12 million form finance industry. Also, all CR spending is against H.
Salon: Now, Rove is likely making the case to the big GOP donors, who are a little Super PAC shy, that he’s the only one who can stop Hillary from being elected president. More specifically, they have to stop her in the Democratic primary because the leading GOP candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, can’t beat her in the general election. The old socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, is an easier opponent for Trump or Cruz in November. So don’t waste your money with Bush, Rubio, Kasich, Christie. Send it to Crossroads. That’s the best investment. Rove will beat Clinton in the primary, so we will have a chance of winning in the general. That’s the pitch from Rove, and it’s just got to be the motivation behind the anti-Clinton ads.
Teaparty.org. A graphic in the ad shows Clinton receiving $6.4 million from Wall Street speaking fees and only $118,000 from Iowans contributing to her campaign.
Fortune: Argues against Rove and Sanders attacking Clinton on speaking fees: “The fracas about Clinton as a million-dollar speaker is merely name-calling, ad hominem attacks, and political maneuvering masquerading as legitimate criticism.”
The People’s View: “American Crossroads and Bernie Sanders helped Nevada caucus-goers see right through Hillary Clinton’s manufactured zeal on immigration reform after spewing virulent Trump-like rhetoric—and that one-two punch shaved Clinton’s 50-point lead a year ago to a slim, single digit win,” Steven Law, Crossroads CEO and president, said in a statement.” –American Crossroads. (also in the Daily Beast)