Silicon Valley both fundraises for Hillary Clinton and “pays” her millions for short speeches.
For awhile now I have written about how Hillary Clinton is essentially being lobbied, bribed, and/or paid off through insanely lucrative speaking gigs. Wall Street has been spending lots of money to buy her good will. Naturally, Silicon Valley is also bidding for her favor.
As the Washington Post reports, “Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches.”
In one of her last gigs on the paid lecture circuit, Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed an eBay summit aimed at promoting women in the workplace, delivering a 20-minute talk that garnered her a $315,000 payday from the company.
Less than two months later, Clinton was feted at the San Francisco Bay-area home of eBay chief executive John Donahoe and his wife, Eileen, for one of the first fundraisers supporting Clinton’s newly announced presidential campaign.
The two events spotlight the unusually close financial ties between Clinton and a broad array of industries that have issues before the government and paid millions of dollars to her and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, in the months preceding the launch of her presidential campaign.
But the Washington story doesn’t leave us with just amazing anecdotes. They get the numbers and do the math: Since January of 2014, Hillary Clinton has “earned” $25 million by giving 104 speeches.
The tech sector was the largest single source of speaking fees for Clinton, followed by health care and financial services, according to the Post analysis.
Companies that paid her to speak include industry giants such as Xerox, Cisco Systems and Qualcomm, as well as start-ups and trade groups focused on biotechnology and medical technology.
The blurred line between personal and political is apparent in the cases of companies that hired Clinton to speak and are connected to prominent backers of her campaign. Salesforce.com, for instance, paid Clinton $451,000 to deliver two talks last year, and its CEO, Marc Benioff, is a major donor to Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that laid the groundwork for her presidential bid. Another major backer of the PAC is Irwin Jacobs, the former chairman of Qualcomm, which shelled out $335,000 for Clinton to speak in late October.
All of this money is over and above the questions about the Clinton Foundation. Basically corporate culture is buying our next President.
Or so they think.
It is up to us to do our best to make sure she loses.