Why Hillary Clinton’s Paid Speeches Are Relevant

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org

On the fake-‘progressive’ (actually conservative-Democratic-Party) website that’s run by a longtime CIA asset Markos Moulitsas, “Daily Kos,” there was posted on February 24th an article by “motocat”, headlined, “I have personally been to a closed door corporate Clinton speech. This is what I experienced.” This person, he or she, didn’t indicate what the speech said, other than “how disappointing the whole thing was,” and, that it was a speech by Bill Clinton, not Hillary Clinton, and “It made me feel sort of sad to see how old and feeble he looked. The last time I had seen Bill speak was when he was running for his first term as President. He looked like a different man.”

Then the author went into speculation about what might be in Hillary Clinton’s speeches:

Everyone wondering what Hillary possibly could have said in 30 minutes that was worth 250K is missing the point. These people are celebrities. They are booked to deliver paid speeches, because it benefits those who book them in some way. You might as well ask what Kanye West could possibly say in 45 minutes at Madison Square Garden that would be worth 250K to the promoter.

I have no doubt that Hillary does not want to release the transcripts of those speeches because those pouring through them for a gotcha news story or to prove a point, will surely find praise for the institutions she was speaking on behalf of. In this political climate, that would be a bad news cycle for her. I also have no doubt that she also showered glowing praise on the countless colleges whose commission speeches she spoke at, as well as praised the accomplishments of whatever non-profit she spoke on behalf of. Does anyone really think her speech to the US Green building council in 2013 was fair and balanced about negative aspects of what the Green building council has done? No. These are performances for a purpose.

Personally, I am surprised she just doesn’t come out and say the following.

For many years I worked as a paid speaker. I gave speeches to many different organizations in many different industries, who all paid me very well. It was my job, and part of my job was to be inspiring, encouraging, and flattering to those people in the audience and those who paid me.’

I’m not sure what people expect to find in these corporate event speeches she gave dozens of throughout the year. Backroom promises? Revelations about how she plans to screw the middle class? Confessions of cardinal sins? No company or speaker would be so stupid as to include that sort of thing in a corporate event speech anyway.

There are many important issues to be focusing on right now in this race and debate, but this isn’t one of them.”

There were over a thousand reader-comments to that idiotic article, as of April 1st, and then it said: “Comments are closed on this story.” The readers who had gotten through the article and were sufficiently struck by it to enter a comment to it were generally debating each other, via comments such as “What makes the diarist think that a pubic [that person’s perhaps Freudian misspelling of ‘public’] event selling tickets has any comparison to the intimate and closed door speeches given by the Clintons to the upper echelon of high finance?” versus (responding to that one): “or the private intimate talks by Bernie and with his supporters. How doe [that person’s misspelling of ‘do’, of course] we know Bernie has not promised something.” In other words: a foolish article elicited over a thousand comments from foolish readers, at that Democratic-Party propaganda site. They’re just the Democratic Party equivalent of Rush Limbaugh’s Republican-Party fools – no different, except for the labels they give themselves.

Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches (which none of those fools knew anything about – not even the article’s writer did) are not relevant because of anything that they said (which was public to all attendees; her meaningful comments might have been made privately to the executive who had hired her for the speech), but because the organizations that paid typically $225,000 to her, for each of them, were paying a servant, for extremely valuable services that that servant is being expected to provide to the owners and top executives of that organization if that servant becomes the U.S. President (or, in the case of her husband Bill) for valuable services that already were provided by that servant when he was a President. They’re pay-offs, for services that are anticipated, or else that have already been provided. They are not (such as the author was assuming) for “the speech.

The fools who had read that article weren’t commenting about how atrocious and stupid it was; they were debating with each other, on the basis of their ignorance and stupidity, which enabled that article to hold their interest and then to engage comments from them upon other idiots’ comments about it.

This is how enough of such self-characterizing ‘liberal’ voters become suckered into voting for a far-right (except on ‘social’ issues) candidate who is as atrocious and unqualified to serve as President as is Hillary Clinton.

However, if her speeches are relevant as prospective, and/or retrospective, pay-offs to her, then who and what are these groups that have been providing these pay-offs to her: Here’s the complete list, as it was tabulated and posted online in March by the lawyer Paul Campos (then copied without credit to him, by several others). And, as you can see, they are anything but “the countless colleges whose commission speeches she spoke at, as well as praised the accomplishments of whatever non-profit she spoke on behalf of.”



March 19, 2015 American Camping Association Atlantic City, NJ $260,000.00

March 11, 2015 eBay Inc. San Jose, CA $315,000.00

February 24, 2015 Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women Santa Clara, CA $225,500.00

January 22, 2015 Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Whistler, Canada $150,000.00

January 21, 2015 tinePublic Inc. Winnipeg, Canada $262,000.00

January 21, 2015 tinePublic Inc. Saskatoon, Canada $262,500.00

December 4, 2014 Massachusetts Conference for Women Boston, MA $205,500.00

October 14, 2014 Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA $225,500.00

October 14, 2014 Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA $335,000.00

October 13, 2014 Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers Colorado Springs, CO $225,500.00

October 8, 2014 Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) Chicago, IL $265,000.00

October 7, 2014 Deutsche Bank AG New York, NY $280,000.00

October 6, 2014 Canada 2020 Ottawa, Canada $215,500.00

October 2, 2014 Commercial Real Estate Women Network Miami Beach, FL $225,500.00

September 15, 2014 Cardiovascular Research Foundation Washington, DC $275,000.00

September 4, 2014 Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLP San Diego, CA $225,500.00

August 28, 2014 Nexenta System, Inc. San Francisco, CA $300,000.00

August 28, 2014 Cisco Las Vegas, NV $325,000.00

July 29, 2014 Corning, Inc. Corning, NY $225,500.00

July 26, 2014 Ameriprise Boston, MA $225,500.00

July 22, 2014 Knewton, Inc. San Francisco, CA $225,500.00

June 26, 2014 GTCR Chicago, IL $280,000.00

June 25, 2014 Biotechnology Industry Organization San Diego, CA $335,000.00

June 25, 2014 Innovation Arts and Entertainment San Francisco, CA $150,000.00

June 20, 2014 Innovation Arts and Entertainment Austin, TX $150,000.00

June 18, 2014 tinePublic Inc. Toronto, Canada $150,000.00

June 18, 2014 tinePublic Inc. Edmonton, Canada $100,000.00

June 10, 2014 United Fresh Produce Association Chicago, IL $225,000.00

June 2, 2014 International Deli-Dairy-Bakery Association Denver, CO $225,500.00

June 2, 2014 Let’s Talk Entertainment Denver, CO $265,000.00

May 6, 2014 National Council for Behavorial Healthcare Washington, DC $225,500.00

April 11, 2014 California Medical Association (via Satellite) San Diego, CA $100,000.00

April 10, 2014 Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. Las Vegas, NV $225,500.00

April 10, 2014 Let’s Talk Entertainment San Jose, CA $265,000.00

April 8, 2014 Marketo, Inc. San Francisco, CA $225,500.00

April 8, 2014 World Affairs Council Portland, OR $250,500.00

March 24, 2014 Academic Partnerships Dallas, TX $225,500.00

March 18, 2014 Xerox Corporation New York, NY $225,000.00

March 18, 2014 Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Montreal, Canada $275,000.00

March 13, 2014 Pharmaceutical Care Management Association Orlando, FL $225,500.00

March 13, 2014 Drug Chemical and Associated Technologies New York, NY $250,000.00

March 6, 2014 tinePublic Inc. Calgary, Canada $225,500.00

March 5, 2014 The Vancouver Board of Trade Vancouver, Canada $275,500.00

March 4, 2014 Association of Corporate Counsel – Southern California Los Angeles, CA $225,500.00

February 27, 2014 A&E Television Networks New York, NY $280,000.00

February 26, 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Orlando, FL $225,500.00

February 17, 2014 Novo Nordisk A/S Mexico City, Mexico $125,000.00

February 6, 2014 Salesforce.com Las Vegas, NV $225,500.00

January 27, 2014 National Automobile Dealers Association New Orleans, LA $325,500.00

January 27, 2014 Premier Health Alliance Miami, FL $225,500.00

January 6, 2014 GE Boca Raton, FL $225,500.00

November 21, 2013 U.S. Green Building Council Philadelphia, PA $225,000.00

November 18, 2013 CME Group Naples, FL $225,000.00

November 18, 2013 Press Ganey Orlando, FL $225,000.00

November 14, 2013 CB Richard Ellis, Inc. New York, NY $250,000.00

November 13, 2013 Mediacorp Canada, Inc. Toronto, Canada $225,000.00

November 9, 2013 National Association of Realtors San Francisco, CA $225,000.00

November 7, 2013 Golden Tree Asset Management New York, NY $275,000.00

November 6, 2013 Beaumont Health System Troy, MI $305,000.00

November 4, 2013 Mase Productions, Inc. Orlando, FL $225,000.00

November 4, 2013 London Drugs, Ltd. Mississauga, ON $225,000.00

October 29, 2013 The Goldman Sachs Group Tuscon, AZ $225,000.00

October 28, 2013 Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago $400,000.00

October 27, 2013 Beth El Synagogue Minneapolis, MN $225,000.00

October 24, 2013 Accenture New York, NY $225,000.00

October 24, 2013 The Goldman Sachs Group New York, NY $225,000.00

October 23, 2013 SAP Global Marketing, Inc. New York, NY $225,000.00

October 15, 2013 National Association of Convenience Stores Atlanta, GA $265,000.00

October 4, 2013 Long Island Association Long Island, NY $225,000.00

September 19, 2013 American Society of Travel Agents, Inc. Miami, FL $225,000.00

September 18, 2013 American Society for Clinical Pathology Chicago, IL $225,000.00

August 12, 2013 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Las Vegas, NV $225,000.00

August 7, 2013 Global Business Travel Association San Diego, CA $225,000.00

July 11, 2013 UBS Wealth Management New York, NY $225,000.00

June 24, 2013 American Jewish University University City, CA $225,000.00

June 24, 2013 Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Company, LP Palos Verdes, CA $225,000.00

June 20, 2013 Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Boston, MA $225,000.00

June 20, 2013 Let’s Talk Entertainment, Inc. Toronto, Canada $250,000.00

June 17, 2013 Economic Club of Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, MI $225,000.00

June 16, 2013 Society for Human Resource Management Chicago, IL $285,000.00

June 6, 2013 Spencer Stuart New York, NY $225,000.00

June 4, 2013 The Goldman Sachs Group Palmetto Bluffs, SC $225,000.00

May 29, 2013 Sanford C. Bernstein and Co., LLC New York, NY $225,000.00

May 21, 2013 Verizon Communications, Inc. Washington, DC $225,000.00

May 16, 2013 Itau BBA USA Securities New York, NY $225,000.00

May 14, 2013 Apollo Management Holdings, LP New York, NY $225,000.00

May 8, 2013 Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA $225,000.00

April 30, 2013 Fidelity Investments Naples, FL $225,000.00

April 24, 2013 Deutsche Bank Washington, DC $225,000.00

April 24, 2013 National Multi Housing Council Dallas, TX $225,000.00

April 18, 2013 Morgan Stanley Washington, DC $225,000.00

None of the 91 speeches was to a college, nor to any other such type of organization.

At zerohedge, the payments for all the speeches were totaled to: $21,667,000.

Here are some of the other routes through which she is also preparing for her ultimate retirement (and her and Bill’s bequest to daughter Chelsea): arms deals, oil and gas (and here), and donors.

Anyone who would presume that Hillary Clinton gets paid those types of fees for “her speeches,” because she’s a “celebrity,” needs to go back to elementary school. (But, of course, since the aristocracy are in control of the country, the elementary schools aren’t even teaching about such matters – nor are the high schools, which should be.)

In other words: her paid speeches are just a part of the legal graft she’s in politics for. “You might as well ask what Kanye West could possibly say in 45 minutes at Madison Square Garden that would be worth 250K to the promoter.” No, it’s not like that, at all.

Hillary Clinton is no Kanye West. She makes her money in a very different way. Serving a far wealthier clientele. What she serves them, is us.

After all: how else would you get a wealth-distribution that’s like this?

It requires lots of lies, and lots of suckers for them, to make them believe in “the system.”

To produce the meat, shepherds are needed; and people such as Hillary Clinton are specialized in doing that type of job.

Hello, meat; this is the farm.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.