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Sun Mar 20, 2016, 09:46 AM

Meet the lobbyists, donors and bundlers behind Hillary's $157 million juggernaut

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=post&forum=1251

<The superlobbyist brother of John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, he runs Podesta Group — a powerhouse firm for defense contractors (Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Bechtel), pharmaceutical and health insurance giants (Merck and Blue Cross-Blue Shield) and banking and private equity firms (Well Fargo, Credit Suisse Group, KKR). Podesta has used his D.C. mansion, famously decorated with expensive modern art, to host a Clinton fundraiser (offering fine Italian cooking by him and his brother) as well as a book party for Clinton super-PAC attack dog David Brock (co-hosted by Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias and Clinton email pal Sidney Blumenthal.) Another branch of Podesta’s portfolio: foreign governments, including several — Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Burma and the Maldives — accused by the State Department of human rights abuses. A new senior partner working on the firm’s new $1.68 million a year Saudi account: David Adams, former assistant secretary for legislative affairs while Clinton was secretary of state.>

<Two of his McGuireWoods colleagues, Andrew Smith and former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, are also bundlers who have raised $240,000 for the Clinton campaign while lobbying for clients that include Smithfield Foods (now owned by the Chinese-based Shuanghui Group) and Dandong Port Group, a Hong Kong-registered port and grain importing firm owned by secretive Chinese billionaire Wenliang Wang, who has donated $2 million to the Clinton Foundation.>

<After serving as Hillary Clinton’s deputy secretary of state, Nides returned through the Wall Street revolving door to become vice chairman of Morgan Stanley. A top Clinton bundler, he has helped raise $205,198 from the investment bank’s executives and employees, including donations from the firm’s chief operating officer, its chiefs of fixed income and wealth management, two managing directors and four members of its board of directors. Morgan Stanley, which last year agreed to pay a $2.6 billion fine to settle U.S. government claims over its role in the 2008 financial crisis, has donated $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation. It also paid Hillary Clinton $225,000 for a speech in 2013, two and a half months afar she stepped down as secretary of state.>

<He is the chairman of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street colossus that last month agreed to pay a $5.1 billion fine to settle a Justice Department investigation for its role in marketing subprime mortgage bonds in the runup to the 2008 financial crisis. Among the Goldman executives who helped Blankfein’s firm profit from the crash: Donald Mullen, the former chief of its credit department, who last year made a $1 million donation to Clinton’s super-PAC, Priorities USA Action. “Sounds like we will make some serious money,” Mullen wrote in an email in the fall of 2007, after learning the subprime mortgage market was about to crash, according to a 2011 Senate report. The firm has also been the single biggest source of funds for Hillary Clinton’s post-government speaking career, paying her $625,000 for three speeches since she stepped down as secretary of state in 2012.>

<Goldman Sachs’ ties to the Clintons have been personal and political: Goldman’s executives and employees have contributed $750,000 to Clinton’s political campaigns, including $100,616 to this year’s run. The firm itself has donated at least $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation and paid $1.2 million to Bill Clinton for speeches dating back to 2001. Blankfein, who has described himself as a friend of Hillary Clinton, has lent a helping financial hand to the Clinton family: He (along with two other former Goldman executives) is among the investors in Eaglevale Partners, the hedge fund founded in 2011 by Marc Mezvinsky, husband of Chelsea Clinton, and the former secretary’s son in law.>

<An insight into Soros’ thinking was revealed in a State Department email in which a Clinton ally described a conversation in which Soros said “he has been impressed that he can always call/meet with you on an issue of policy” and that he regretted backing then-Sen. Barack Obama over her in 2008. >

And there is so much more in the article, these are only some lowlights.

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Reply Meet the lobbyists, donors and bundlers behind Hillary's $157 million juggernaut (Original post)
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 OP
polichick Mar 2016 #1
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 #2
PonyUp Mar 2016 #4
polichick Mar 2016 #13
CharlotteVale Mar 2016 #11
BeanMusical Mar 2016 #15
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 #17
polichick Mar 2016 #18
Uncle Joe Mar 2016 #3
vintx Mar 2016 #5
amborin Mar 2016 #6
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 #7
amborin Mar 2016 #12
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 #14
FlatBaroque Mar 2016 #8
BernieforPres2016 Mar 2016 #9
Scuba Mar 2016 #10
BeanMusical Mar 2016 #16
Lone_Wolf Mar 2016 #19
AzDar Mar 2016 #20

Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 09:53 AM

1. Clinton and Trump - two sides of the crony capitalist coin...

A political power player selling access and a corporate power player buying access.

Oh yippee - which one should I vote for?!

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Response to polichick (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:01 AM

2. The buyer can defend it much more easily than the seller

Trump is going to beat Hillary over the head with this in a general election campaign. He can easily defend buying influence. "Of course I did it. Every smart business person did it because you got a big return on investment. And I'm the one who knows how to stop it. I don't need to sell influence to get rich because I already am rich."

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Response to PonyUp (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:39 AM

13. Yikes - Bernie should enlarge that and display it behind him during every speech...

with the words "END CRONY CAPITALISM."

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Response to polichick (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:01 AM

11. +1

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Response to polichick (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:56 AM

15. "Clinton and Trump - two sides of the crony capitalist coin..."

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Response to BeanMusical (Reply #15)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 12:00 PM

17. Yikes!!!

That is a horrifying image. I'm going to have a hard time getting that one out of my head.

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Response to BeanMusical (Reply #15)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 03:01 PM

18. HA! Scary!

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:02 AM

3. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, BernieforPres2016.

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:08 AM

5. K&R!

 

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:22 AM

6. $30 Million in Paid Speeches in 16 months & Straight Into Their Personal Bank Accounts:

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Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband made at least $30 million over the last 16 months, mainly from giving paid speeches to corporations, banks and other organizations, according to financial disclosure forms filed with federal elections officials on Friday.


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/16/us/politics/clintons-reportedly-earned-30-million-in-the-last-16-months.html

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Response to amborin (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:28 AM

7. Your headline should be corrected to 16 months

Which is still a pretty impressive time period for pulling in $30 million for "speeches". Of course, Hillary wasn't sure she was running for President in 2016 at that point, and I'm sure the people paying for the "speeches" weren't either.

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:15 AM

12. you're right, sorry! need more coffee

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Response to amborin (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:40 AM

14. No big deal, I just didn't want somebody to have an excuse to Alert your post n/t

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:33 AM

8. Has there been any American politician in modern history

as corrupt as either one of the Clinton's?

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Response to FlatBaroque (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:37 AM

9. Duke Cunningham

But he was only a member of the House of Representatives and had to conduct his graft on a smaller scale. When you have a couple that have been President and Secretary of State and their Rolodex includes virtually every rich business person, government official and foreign despot in the world, the sky is the limit.

The Clintons are selling the entire government the way they once sold nights in the Lincoln Bedroom.

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:47 AM

10. How very progressive of her. Please don't overlook that some of Hillary's superdelegates ...

 

... are also lobbyists for the worst of the worst in America ...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12511258679

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 11:58 AM

16. Kick and R

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 03:09 PM

19. Democrats should be sticking up for the people...

...not powerful corporations. These DINO's like the Clinton's and Debbie Wasserman Schultz should just become Republicans.

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Response to BernieforPres2016 (Original post)

Sun Mar 20, 2016, 03:26 PM

20. Disgusting.

 

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