Hillary Clinton (AP/Wilfredo Lee)

What's Hillary waiting for? 80 days after promising "I will look into it," Clinton still has not released her paid speeches to Wall Street

IWillLookIntoIt.com has been tracking how long it's been since Hillary pledged to "look into" releasing transcripts


Ben Norton
April 25, 2016 8:58PM (UTC)

Exactly 80 days ago, Hillary Clinton promised to the world that she would "look into" releasing the transcripts of her paid speeches to Wall Street firms and other corporations.

In the time since, Clinton has not released a single transcript.

Her opponent, Bernie Sanders, has persistently brought up the speeches in presidential debates. When asked about them in the New Hampshire debate on Feb. 4, Clinton insisted "I will look into it. I don't know the status, but I will certainly look into it."

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After leaving the State Department in 2013, Hillary raked in millions of dollars for Wall Street speeches.

She made roughly $3 million for a mere 12 talks to Wall Street banks, private equity firms and other financial corporations from 2013 to 2015 — more than most Americans will make in their lifetime.

For just three speeches, Goldman Sachs paid Clinton $675,000.

On Jan. 22, investigative journalist Lee Fang asked Clinton if she would release the transcripts of her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs. She did not even answer the question; she instead literally laughed it off.

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Together, the Clintons made more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary launched her presidential campaign in spring 2015.

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Bill and Hillary gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May 2015, making an average of more than $210,000 for each talk.

At least $7.7 million of the Clintons' enormous wealth was earned from 39 speeches to big banks.

Soon after Hillary made her pledge in February to "look into" the transcripts, Jed McChesney, a web developer in Olathe, Kansas, created the website IWillLookIntoIt.com.

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The simple site calculates the exact time that has passed that "Hillary Clinton has been looking into releasing her transcripts for paid speeches to Wall St. and other special interests."

"To me, it was the equivalent of her saying, 'Let them eat cake,'" McChesney told the Associated Press, which reported on his website after Sanders tweeted a link to it.

McChesney said the incident made him a fan of Sanders, whom he described as "genuine" and "the real deal."

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Ben Norton

Ben Norton is a politics reporter and staff writer at AlterNet. You can find him on Twitter at @BenjaminNorton.

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