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CNN: The two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks. “What being part of the establishment is, is in the last quarter, having a super PAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street, that throughout one’s life raised a whole lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests.” –Sanders
WashPo: Hillary Rodham Clinton and former president Bill Clinton earned in excess of $25 million for delivering 104 speeches since the beginning of 2014.
Quartz: Bill Clinton once paid $750 for a speech in Hong Kong, and Ben Bernanke got $400, and Forbes says that Trump got $1.5 M per speech for a series of series of talks on real estate.
PundiFact: Some speaking fees go to the Clinton Foundation.
WashPo: But the new disclosure indicates that the former president has also spent considerable time speaking on the foundation’s behalf — 73 times since 2002. Hillary Clinton has delivered 15 such speeches, including one address to Goldman Sachs and another to JPMorgan Chase. Chelsea Clinton, who has taken on an increasingly active role at the foundation, has collected fees for the charity from nine organizations.
Salon: Hillary Clinton accepted speaking fees from Goldman Sachs for three engagements between June and October of 2013 totaling $675,000. … What was $675,000 in pocket change for Goldman Sachs is $675,000 in lost savings and lost homes for bilked investors – $675,000 that went into the pockets of an already incredibly wealthy Hillary Clinton.
Business Insider: His campaign quickly noted the moment Wednesday night. It sent out a release to reporters detailing Clinton’s connections to the investment bank, along with news clips describing the role that Goldman Sachs played in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis. (after here poor answer — “Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered” .)
HuffPo: Hillary not Truthful about Wall Street Speaking Fees — Hillary is veering from the truth when she suggests her $225,000 per speech fee, paid three times by Goldman Sachs, was “what they offered.” It was not what they offered — it was what Team Hillary demanded. A review of her 2014 tax return posted on her website shows that $225,000 was her minimum fee. She received $225,000 for 34 of the 41 speeches listed on her tax return. Of the remaining 7 speeches, two were for 250,000 and the others for $265,000, $275,000, $285,000, $305,000 and $400,000. In total she received $9,680,000 for these speaking engagements in 2013.
NYPost: Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speeches were contracted and negotiated by the Harry Walker Agency, and her Goldman payments ($225,000 a speech) were on par with her typical speaking fees. “We host hundreds of conferences around the world for our clients as do so many other companies,” spokesman Andrew Williams said in a statement. “Businesses want speakers that will interest the attendees of their conferences.” In New Hampshire Thursday night, Sanders suggested Goldman used the speech fees to win influential friends. “Goldman Sachs makes huge amounts of campaign contributions and provides speakers fees to help people, you know, work with them,” Sanders said.
Here are the sources and more extensive quotes from the press.
Nearly half of the financialsector donations made to support Hillary Clinton’s current presidential run have come from just two wealthy financiers: billionaire investor George Soros, who gave $7 million last year to the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action, and hedge-fund manager S. Donald Sussman, who gave the group $2.5 million. —WashPo
Sanders takes money from DSCC and attends their lobbyist parties. Also $7 million given to Priorities USA Action (Clinton) came from labor unions.
‘Now, Secretary Clinton’s Super PAC, as I understand it, received $25 million dollars last reporting period, $15 million dollars from Wall Street,’ Sanders said. ‘Our average contribution is $27 dollars, I’m very proud of that.’ Daily Mail
“Bernie appreciates the help he has gotten from the DSCC, whose funds come from millions of Americans’ individual contributions, labor organizations, environmental groups, women’s organizations and others. To say that every nickel that Bernie received came from Wall Street is beyond preposterous,” Weaver said.
[Sanders] complained on the campaign trail Friday that dialing for dollars “affects your entire being. … What he didn’t mention: The Vermont senator and presidential candidate is a prolific fundraiser himself and has regularly benefited from the Democratic Party apparatus. In recent years, Sanders has been billed as one of the hosts for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s retreats for the “Majority Trust” — an elite group of top donors who give more than $30,000 per year — at Martha’s Vineyard in the summer and Palm Beach, Florida, in the winter. CNN has obtained invitations that listed Sanders as a host for at least one Majority Trust event in each year since 2011. The retreats are typically attended by 100 or more donors who have either contributed the annual legal maximum of $33,400 to the DSCC, raised more than $100,000 for the party or both. —CNN
Meredith Burak is a third-generation Wall Street executive. At 32, she has worked in global wealth management for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. She thinks Wall Street is one of the few places in the country where people can truly realize the American Dream. And she’s supporting Bernie Sanders for president of the United States. –CNBC
20:02 What being part of the establishment is, is having a superPac that in the last quarter raised 15 million dollars from wall st. Feb. 4th, new hampshire debate
“There are two Democratic visions for regulating Wall Street. One says it’s OK to take millions from big banks, and then tell them what to do.” Bernie Sander’s Ad WSJ A campaign spokesman, Michael Briggs, said Thursday that the ad isn’t “directed at Secretary Clinton exclusively,” but also at everyone in the “Democratic establishment who believe you can take Wall Street’s money and then somehow turn around and rein in the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior.”
“While we’re talking about votes, you’re the one who voted to deregulate swaps and derivatives in 2000, which contributed to the overleveraging of Lehman Brothers, which was one of the culprits that brought down the economy,” ThinkProgress
Soros and Donald Sussman contributions
Clinton Foundation Projects One independent philanthropy watchdog did an analysis of Clinton Foundation funding and concluded that about 89 percent of its funding went to charity.
Clinton Development Initiative: training African farmers to get access to seeds, equipment and markets for their crops.
Clinton Climate Initiative: reforestation projects in Africa and the Caribbean; renewable energy projects in island nations.
Clinton Health Access Initiative: works to lower cost of HIV/AIDS medicine, scale up pediatric AIDS treatment.
Clinton Health Matters: works in US to develop wellness and physical activity plans.