Target: Hillary Clinton
Goal: Allow the public to see the content of speeches given to Wall Street firms.
In 2013 Hillary Clinton gave multiple paid speeches to Wall Street corporations. Three of these were given to Goldman Sachs, a major investment banking firm that played a significant role in the economic crisis of 2008 and was subsequently bailed out by the Obama administration. Clinton reportedly received $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, which works out to $225,000 per speech.
It is safe to assume that Goldman Sachs would not shell out that kind of money to hear Hillary Clinton criticize its reckless profiteering and corrupt business practices. On the contrary, it is more likely that Clinton gave the firm a glowing endorsement, confident that her ties to Wall Street would not present an issue during the 2016 elections.
Bernie Sanders has flipped the script with his populist campaign. His relentless criticism of Wall Street is resonating with millions of people across the country who are tired of being ripped off by what Sanders calls “the billionaire class.” These people are now demanding that Hillary Clinton release the transcripts of the talks she gave to Goldman Sachs and other financial institutions, whose interests are in direct conflict with 99 percent of the population’s.
Clinton maintains that she has nothing to hide. She maintains that she is a progressive-minded politician who is intent on addressing the massive wealth inequality plaguing the American middle and working classes. If this is true, she should have no objection to releasing the transcripts for public scrutiny. After all, it is an opportunity to prove her detractors wrong.
Please lend your voice to the disaffected majority and sign the below petition, urging Hillary Clinton to be transparent about her relationship with Wall Street.
Millions of people in this country are concerned about your longstanding ties to Wall Street firms. They fear that, because these financial institutions are helping to fund your presidential campaign, you will repay them by implementing economic policies that cater to corporate interests. In other words, the American people are skeptical about your advertised commitment to ensuring their financial well-being.
The fact that, in 2013, you were paid $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs is problematic. It calls into question your stated intention to rein in Wall Street’s corrosive influence on our economy. And your reluctance to release the transcripts of these speeches does nothing to reassure the American people that your progressive talking points are genuine.
There is only one way to properly address this issue. Please release the transcripts of the speeches you gave to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms immediately.
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