HILLARY CLINTON: The Tip Of The Iceberg

Tip Of The ClintonOriginal inset illustration by Roberto Parada

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Emily’s List    $939,881  $930,961  $8,920

Citigroup Inc $883,547  $875,547  $8,000

DLA Piper       $847,930  $820,930  $27,000

Goldman Sachs $821,031  $811,031  $10,000

JPMorgan Chase & Co  $771,111  $768,111  $3,000

Morgan Stanley $754,538  $749,538  $5,000

University of California $608,858  $608,858 $0

Time Warner $591,524  $566,524  $25,000

Skadden, Arps et al $522,688  $518,188  $4,500

Corning Inc $492,750  $474,750  $18,000

Paul, Weiss et al $427,062  $427,062  $0

Kirkland & Ellis $443,420  $426,420  $17,000

Greenberg Traurig LLP $411,640  $403,540  $8,100

Sullivan & Cromwell $396,625  $396,625  $0

Akin, Gump et al $393,531  $390,031$3,500

21st Century Fox $363,899  $363,899  $0

National Amusements Inc $366,640  $363,640  $3,000

Lehman Brothers  $362,853  $359,853  $3,000

Harvard University $359,451  $359,451  $0

Ernst & Young $360,127  $340,127  $20,000


So Yeah, you probably heard it’s “what they offered.”  Um no*.

 Bloomberg says that the fee that Goldman Sachs paid isn’t “what they offered” – it’s what she charges.


Her fee for delivering speeches is at least $200,000, according to people familiar with the payments who weren’t authorized to talk publicly.  Clinton received payment for at least 27 addresses.  Some of her fees, including all of those for college campus appearances, have been donated to the family’s nonprofit foundation.

“All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,” Clinton said in an ABC News interview last week.

Her contract with the University of Buffalo for an Oct. 23 speech stipulated that her $275,000 fee be paid to her speaking agency, Harry Walker Agency Inc., and then remitted to the foundation.

Clinton retained the right to approve her surroundings — from the moderator to the set.  She also banned recording or broadcasting of her remarks, and required the school to pay $1,000 for a stenographer to transcribe Clinton’s remarks for her records.

Her husband was paid for 544 speeches between 2001 and 2012 with fees ranging from $28,100 to $750,000, according to financial-disclosure reports.

Since then, Bill has given more than 40 more speeches, including one for the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot, Israel that earned him $500,000. That’s correct, it was donated to the Clinton Foundation.  And the Republicans already have their lines of attack on Clinton for her post-government earnings, and Willie‘s too.  However.

Her earnings represent a fraction of the Clinton family’s total income and yet were large enough to rank her not only in the top 1 percent of the nation’s earners but in the top one-hundredth of the 1 percent.

“Bill and I have worked really hard and we’ve been successful,” she said last week in an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” “We believed we could pretty much make our way up the ladder. Now, I think a lot of young people don’t believe that anymore.”

(my emphasis)

She’s right.  A lot of young people don’t believe that anymore—  that a 1 percenter has got their backs.  It’s a lot to swallow.


Trouble ahead, Lady in red,
Take my advice you’d be better off dead.
Switchman’s sleeping, train hundred and two is
On the wrong track and headed for you.


* Hillary Clinton is represented by the elite “Harry Walker Agency,” which bills itself as the “world’s leading speaker’s bureau. ( Her page  on their website;  she’s “exclusive” to the agency.) 


  1. Avatar Michael Hart

    ‘Nose, that’s right: as Bernie has noted in a recent email:

    “During a campaign stop and fundraiser in New York yesterday, Hillary Clinton was asked by a young woman if she’d stop taking money from the fossil fuel industry. It was a simple question, one she could have easily answered with a “yes,” or, perhaps because of the way she funds her campaign, responded with a “no.”

    Instead, she said she was “sick of the Sanders campaign lying” about the donations she receives.

    Now, here’s the truth — the hard numbers don’t lie. And it’s something everyone should know as this video spreads online and is covered in the news: The fossil fuel industry has given more than $4.5 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her top super PAC, including 11 lobbyists who have bundled more than $1 million to her put her in the White House.

    Earlier in this campaign, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley signed a pledge to refuse money from fossil fuel interests. No Republican added their name, which isn’t surprising given that they don’t believe climate change is real. But neither did Hillary Clinton. It’s time for her to distance herself from the Republicans on this issue and add her name.

    Ask Hillary Clinton to sign the pledge launched by Greenpeace USA and 20 other organizations asking all presidential candidates to reject fossil fuel contributions, because you cannot be expected to take an industry on while you’re taking their money”: http://tinyurl.com/zzmcojc

  2. Avatar BlueNose

    The fossil fuel industry has given more than $4.5 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her top super PAC, including 11 lobbyists who have bundled more than $1 million to her put her in the White House.

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