The Clinton’s family income since 2007 totals a whopping $139.1 million, most of it thanks to speeches given to Big Pharma, Big Oil and Big Banking industries at a starting price of $225,000 per speech.
In the context of her presidential campaign, what is more important than the amount of money she and Bill have earned over the past eight years is who was paying the two of them. After all, Clinton served a great deal of that time as President Obama’s secretary of state. Lists of these influence peddlers can be found here for Hillary and here for Bill.
As you will see, a large number of banks, financial institutions, Big Pharma corporations and petrochemical firms have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to these dynastic politicians just to hear them “speak.” It turns out that the biggest contributor for both Hillary and Bill was Wall Street, not Main Street.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political donations at all campaign levels, Clinton’s campaign had raised more than $47 million as of June 30; 83 percent of this amount came from large individual donors.
When she announced her campaign in June, she decried “secret” campaign money.
“We have to stop the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political process, and drowning out the voices of our people,” she said.
“We need justices on the Supreme Court who will protect every citizen’s right to vote, rather than every corporation’s right to buy elections,” she continued, referring to a recent high court ruling that greatly expanded corporate and union donation limits.
“If necessary, I will support a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. I want to make it easier for every citizen to vote. That’s why I proposed universal, automatic registration, and expanded early voting,” Hillary said.