Hillary Clinton has given several private speeches to big banks and taken huge amounts of money in return recently. She has earned $675,000 from Goldman Sachs alone.
This fact has prompted some to suggest Clinton is being bought by Wall Street.
In an appearance on Meet The Press Sunday, Clinton denied the accusations, when asked if the bankers are expecting “anything in return.”
“Why do you think one of these big banks paid you over $200,000 for a speech?” asked Chuck Todd.
“Look, I gave speeches to a wide array of groups from health care groups to auto dealers and many, many more, and I think what they were interested in, because what we talked about was the world coming off of four years as secretary of state in a complicated world, people were interested in what I saw, what I thought,” Clinton said. “You know, I think Americans who are doing business in every aspect of the economy want to know more about the world. I actually think it’s a good conversation for people to be having.”
“You don’t think they expect anything in return?” Todd followed up.
“Absolutely not.” Clinton said, repeating previous claims that she somehow battled Wall Street in the past.
“You know, first of all, I was a senator from New York. I took them on when I was senator. I took on the carried interest loophole. I took on what was happening in the mortgage markets. I was talking about that in 2006.”
She then attempted to deflect the Wall Street ties on to Republicans.
“They know exactly where I stand, and I’ll tell you, Chuck, it’s really interesting to me that now Karl Rove has taken money from the financial interests who run an ad against me to try to influence Democrats not to support me.”
“Why? Ask yourself why. Because he knows, number one, I know what must be done and number two, I know how to get it done, to make sure that Wall Street writ large, not just the banks, but the investment banks, the hedge funds and everybody else, no longer can wreck our economy the way they did in 2008.”
Clinton has consistently attempted to avoid talking about her Wall Street ties. Indeed, she has invoked the 9/11 attacks on numerous occasions as justification for accepting huge donations from big bankers.
It seems that Hillary’s default position on the matter is to just blurt out “9/11” and hope that any detractors shut up about it.
The fact is that while Clinton preaches about standing “for a lot of regulation on big banks and on the financial services sector,” and drones on about wealth inequality, she is raking it in from wealthy Wall St. donors.
Outside the paid speeches Clinton has also received sizeable donations from officials at Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase to name a few.
But never mind, because 9/11.
When a reporter confronted Clinton last week and asked if she would release transcripts of the speeches she has made to private banks, she cackled in his face and ignored him.