Wikileaks released an email from Tony Carrk, Hillary for America Research Director, that contains attached transcripts for three private speeches that were given at Goldman Sachs hosted events. In one of the speeches given for Goldman Sachs, which she was paid $225,000 for at the Builders and Innovators Summit event on October 29, 2013, Hillary seems to endorse the type of candidate that Donald Trump has been running as.
In the transcripts, a person just listed as “male attendee” poses a question for the Democratic party’s Presidential candidate. “As entrepreneurs, we risk a lot,” he begins. “And Mike Bloomberg had 30 billion other reasons than to take office. Do we need a wholesale change in Washington that has more to do with people that don’t need the job than have the job?”
Clinton responds with “that’s a really interesting question. You know, I would like to see more successful business people run for office. I really would like to see that because I do think, you know, you don’t have to have 30 billion, but you have a certain level of freedom. And there’s that memorable phrase from a former member of the Senate: You can be maybe rented but never bought. And I think it’s important to have people with those experience.”
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So, in essence, she says that successful business people would benefit from running for office because they would not be bought.
In the second presidential debate, Trump brought up the issue of special interests funding campaigns.In the debate, when referring to Clinton’s funding, he said that “I’m not taking all of this big money from all of these different corporations like she’s doing. What I ask is this. So I’m putting in more than – by the time it’s finished, I’ll have more than $100 million invested. Pretty much self-funding money. We’re raising money for the Republican Party, and we’re doing tremendously on the small donations, $61 average or so. I ask Hillary, why doesn’t – she made $250 million by being in office. She used the power of her office to make a lot of money. Why isn’t she funding, not for $100 million or $20 million or $25 million or $30 million into your own campaign? It’s $30 million less for special interests that will tell you exactly what to do and it would really, I think, be a nice sign to the American public. Why aren’t you putting some money in?”
Clinton did not respond.
Her campaign has struggled with issues of transparency during this entire election season, but this email leak in particular should provide reassurance for voters of no foul play. Besides, these are the same people that she said “I represented all of you for eight years” in another speech released by Wikileaks.