#FeelTheBern: Money Talks, And Shows Why Hillary Cannot Be Trusted
Hillary Clinton is a populist, a true defender of middle- and lower-class Americans-or at least that’s what her overproduced campaign would like you to believe.
Her recent financial disclosures present a very different portrait of Mrs. Clinton. Alongside her husband, she has raked in almost $30 million dollars over the past 16 months alone, largely from public speaking appearances, where she charges around $200,000 dollars per rant. That total includes a $5 million dollar book deal, but fails to include the generous support she obtains from fundraisers hosted by her wealthy liberal allies, where seats at the table go for $2,700 dollars a pop.
Incidentally, the very same Daily Mail reporter who first broke the fundraising story was recently ejected from Hillary’s campaign, which just goes to show you the lengths Mrs. Clinton is willing to go to squelch any detractors attempting to portray her as anything but an upstanding progressive heroine, rather than the snobbish Washington insider she is.
A recent article from The Hill reveals that the candidate pool for the 2016 general election is filled with the rich and out-of-touch: former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina ranks first with a net worth of $59 million; wealthy Washington scion Jeb Bush has been raking in $1 million a year plus from LIBOR-rigging bank Barclays; Ted Cruz has about $1.3 million, not including his congressional salary, nor the exorbitant sums of money accumulated by his wife Heidi, a managing director at Goldman Sachs.
On the lower end of the scale is anti-abortion zealot and rape redefiner Lindsey Graham, anti-union advocate Scott Walker, and professional anti-intellectual “Bubba” Mike Huckabee.
Comparatively, Bernie Sanders’ finances appear to be the most human on the list. Senator Sanders has reported a minimum net worth of just under $176,000 dollars, mirrored by a congressional salary of $174,000 dollars annually. Any fees he has collected from public speaking events have been donated to charitable organizations. There are no large donations or pledges of support from big financial institutions and no fiscal irregularities like those with Marco Rubio. Senator Sanders finances are as clear-cut as his rhetoric.
Let’s take a quick look at Hillary Clinton’s donors over the past several years:
Hillary Clinton received large sums of money from individuals associated with prominent Wall Street institutions during her tenure as a New York State senator, including such big names as Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and even the defunct Lehman Brothers, firms that bear a great deal of responsibility for the 2008 financial collapse and the economic fallout that followed. It seems she’s speaking to a very specific set of individuals, those who speak largely via their checkbooks and their bountiful bank accounts.
Compare that with Bernie Sanders’ donors, and the results are striking:
Senator Sanders has gotten most of his campaign donations from scrappy unions and their associated PACs. The donations are significantly smaller than Hillary’s and are largely accumulated over time via Union PACs, rather than huge individual donations obtained through ritzy “insider-only” fundraising dinners.
If money talks, then it is saying a great deal about who has Hillary Clinton’s “populist” ear and who doesn’t.