A few more stories challenging a myth about the wealthy. Democrats are the party of the rich.
Bill doubled speaking fees from foreign groups while Hillary was secretary of state
May 19, 2015 by Sarah Westwood
Former President Bill Clinton netted millions in speaking fees from appearances around the world while his wife served as secretary of state, but earned far less from abroad in the years since Hillary Clinton left the State Department.
Bill Clinton took in $2.2 million from just six international speeches in 2014, according to financial disclosure forms released Friday as required by Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy.
By contrast, the former president reportedly earned more than twice as much for appearances made across borders while Hillary Clinton was in office. He reportedly made $4.8 million from 13 speeches in foreign countries in 2010, his wife’s first year as secretary of state.
In 2011, Bill Clinton reportedly drummed up at least $5.96 million in speaking fees for appearances he made outside the U.S.
Unions pour millions into Clinton Foundation
May 18, 2015 by Bill McMorris
Big labor funneled millions of dollars in dues money to the Clinton Foundation, according to a new report.
The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR), a union watchdog group, traced at least $2 million in donations from multiple union organizations and affiliates.
“U.S. Department of Labor’s union financial disclosure reports reveal that Big Labor gave at least $2,034,500 in union general treasury funds to Clinton Foundations. Union treasuries are funded mostly by compulsory union dues or fees collected from workers who would be fired for refusing to pay,” the NILRR report says. “As Mrs. Clinton became closer to her current run for president, donations amounts appear to have increased.”
The Clintons have turned their foundation into a lucrative “slush fund,” according to one charity watchdog group, and have received hundreds of millions of dollars from notable businesses, media personalities, and political luminaries. The family has maintained that none of those donations influenced her decisions as secretary of state and that the money is strictly philanthropic.
However, unions did not necessarily agree about the apolitical nature of the donations, according to NILRR.
“Some of these ‘donations’ are categorized by the unions as ‘political’ on their financial disclosure report” to the Labor Department, the report says.
ABC ‘turned a blind eye’ to star George Stephanopoulos’ being in regular contact with high-powered Democrats, it’s been claimed.
The news comes amid a scandal surrounding the fact he did not disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation between 2012 and 2014 while negotiating his $105million contract with ABC.
It will further fuel criticisms from Republicans that Stephanopoulos can’t be trusted to be impartial.
It claims that Stephanopoulos, who was a member of Clinton’s communications team in the 1992 presidential campaign, was in daily contact with important Democrats in 2009 while anchoring This Week and about to take over flagship show Good Morning America.
The report claims he took part in ’round robin chatter’ during which Democrat strategy was ‘more than likely…being hatched’.
It claims that he either didn’t tell bosses or the channel turned a blind eye to his links.
Stephanopoulos played down the claims, reportedly saying: ‘We just like talking to each other, and I learn a lot from it . . . and that’s why we’ve been doing it for so long.’
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