POLITICO revealed on Tuesday exactly what Hillary Clinton said in her paid Wall Street speeches that she has given to big investment banks like Goldman Sachs over the years.
In October 2013, Clinton was paid $225, 000 for a speech at Goldman Sachs. Rather than any tough talk, which is a stance that Hillary has promised she would present to Wall Street, Clinton instead had some very warm words.
Clinton has been criticized by her opponent Bernie Sanders for her closeness with Wall Street banks which legally bribe politicians and crashed the economy in 2008.
“It was pretty glowing about us,” one person who watched the event said. “It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”
In total, Clinton earned more than $675, 000 from Goldman Sachs over three paid speeches.
Clinton has been under fire throughout the campaign for the massive amounts of money she was given by Wall Street firms for her speaking engagements, totaling around $3.7 million.
Hillary was on the defensive about her Wall Street speeches on Sunday.
“Let everybody who’s ever given a speech to any private group under any circumstances release them. We’ll all release them at the same time,” she said to George Stephanopoulous on ABC’s This Week. “I have never, ever been influenced in a view or a vote by anyone who has given me any kind of funding.”
The concern around her Wall Street donations is whether or not those donations have bought any influence with her, which is something Clinton strongly denied.
“I have never, ever been influenced in a view or a vote by anyone who has given me any kind of funding,” she said.
Clinton took a chance to attack Bernie Sanders on his indirect relationship to Wall Street as a U.S. Senator.
“Senator Sanders took about $200,000 from Wall Street firms. Not directly, but through the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee,” she said. “There was nothing wrong with that. It hasn’t changed his view! Well, it didn’t change my view or my vote either!”
“Not directly,” is the key take away here, because unlike Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Sander’s is entirely funded by small donors.
Goldman Sachs in fact is one of the top donor to all of the major candidates in both parties except for Bernie Sanders.
Whether or not Clinton will release the full transcripts to all of her speeches remains uncertain, but in the Democratic debate last Thursday she said “I will certainly look into it.”
[POLITICO] [ABC News]