Clinton’s Attempt To Put Herself In The Populists’ Corner Highlights Her Hypocrisy On The Issues

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Bloomberg : “Hillary Clinton Comes Out Swinging At CEOs And Hedge Fund Managers” (Jennifer Epstein, “Hillary Clinton Comes Out Swinging At CEOs And Hedge Fund Managers,” Bloomberg, 4/14/15)

CLINTON’S HYPOCRISY ON FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES

At Yesterday’s Roundtable Discussion, Clinton Suggested “Tougher Regulation Of For-Profit Colleges.” “But she did stress that education would be a key part of her economic message, endorsing President Barack Obama’s push to make community college free and suggesting that she supports tougher regulation of for-profit colleges.” (Jennifer Epstein, “Hillary Clinton Comes Out Swinging At CEOs And Hedge Fund Managers,” Bloomberg, 4/14/15)

On For-Profit Colleges, Clinton Hopes To “Flesh Out The Bad Actors.” “Without specifically naming the for-profit college sector, Clinton added that she hopes to ‘flesh out the bad actors,’ referring to schools that take advantage of students. ‘We need a new vision,’ she said, ‘of how we’re going to do education that can get people excited again.'” (Emily DeRuy, “Hillary Clinton Thinks Community College Should Be Free,” Fusion, 4/14/15)

But Bill Clinton Is The Honorary Chancellor Of The “Largest-For-Profit” College Company In The Country

New York Magazine Headline: “Bill Clinton Is The Face Of A Massive For-Profit College Company” (Caroline Bankoff, “Bill Clinton Is The Face Of A Massive For-Profit College,” New York Magazine, 1/6/14)

“Laureate Education Inc. Is America’s Largest-For-Profit College Company By Enrollment.” “While it doesn’t have the name recognition of say, the University of Phoenix, Laureate Education Inc. is America’s largest for-profit college company by enrollment, though most of its 800,000 students attend one of the 70 schools it runs overseas.” (Caroline Bankoff, “Bill Clinton Is The Face Of A Massive For-Profit College,” New York Magazine, 1/6/14)

Clinton Is Compensated For His Role At Laureate, “Because It Otherwise Certainly Wouldn’t Seem Worth It To Be Aligned With A Widely Criticized, Often Predatory Industry When Your Wife Is Almost Definitely About To Run For President.” “While some of the company’s schools are highly ranked, others have been accused of low admissions and academic standards, ‘turbocharging enrollment’ to boost revenues, and deceptiveness about tuition costs – the same troubling practices that caused the Obama administration to try to stanch the flow of federal-student-loan dollars to for-profit schools in the United States. Clinton is, of course, compensated for his role at Laureate, though the company would not comment on what they are paying him. It must be a lot, because it otherwise certainly wouldn’t seem worth it to be aligned with a widely criticized, often predatory industry when your wife is almost definitely about to run for president.” (Caroline Bankoff, “Bill Clinton Is The face Of A Massive For-Profit College Company,” New York Magazine ,1/6/14)

On Hillary Clinton’s 2012 Personal Financial Disclosure, Laureate Education Inc. Is Listed Under Spouse’s Income Of “Unascertainable Value” And “Nonemployee Compensation Over $1,000.” (Hillary Clinton Personal Financial Disclosure, Filed 5/15/12)

Laureate’s Private Chancellor Douglas L. Becker Refused To Say How Much Clinton Would Make As Honorary Chancellor. “Laureate evolved out of Sylvan Learning Systems, a publicly traded company until three years ago. Sylvan’s founder, Douglas L. Becker, took Laureate private in 2007 in a $3.82 billion buyout and has spent the past three years steering the company’s education business abroad. Becker said Clinton had expressed interest in learning more about Laureate’s efforts during his world travels in recent years. … Becker declined to say how much Clinton would be compensated for his position at Laureate.” (Gus G. Sentementes, “Laureate Enlists Clinton As ‘Honorary Chancellor,'” The Baltimore Sun, 4/27/10)

Key Members Of The Clinton Administration Sit On The Company’s Board.”Laureate has installed several people from Clinton’s administration in key executive and board positions, including Richard Riley, the former secretary of education; Joseph Duffy, the former head of the information agency; and Henry Cisneros, Clinton’s secretary of housing and urban development.” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,” Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

Laureate Education Inc. Is A Sponsor Of The Clinton Global Initiative

Laureate Education Inc. Sponsored The Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) CGI U In 2012. “Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), CGI U brings together students, national youth organizations, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities engaged in efforts to create positive change. CGI University is grateful for the support of its sponsors: The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Microsoft, Laureate Education, Andy Nahas and The Prospect Fund.” (Clinton Global Initiative, “President Clinton Announces Program For The Fifth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting,” Press Release, 3/8/12)

Laureate International Universities Has Donated Between $1,000,001 And $5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 4/15/15)

Laureate’s Track Record Makes It A “Bad Actor” That Clinton Aims To Target

Some Of Laureate’s Colleges “Have Drawn Criticism From Teachers, Students And Government Officials.” “That growth may come at a cost. While some of Laureate’s colleges rank high in private surveys, including Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Bluche, Switzerland, others have drawn criticism from teachers, students and government officials.” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,” Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

Critics Say Laureate Increases Revenue By Driving Up Enrollment “Often Without A Parallel Increase In Academic Investment.” “They say Laureate boosts revenue at struggling colleges by turbocharging enrollment, often without a parallel increase in academic investment.” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,” Bloomberg , 1/6/14)

Since Laureate’s Takeover Of Centro Universitario IBMR, The School’s Quality Ranking Fell From 41 To 132. “Since Laureate took over IBMR in 2010, its quality ranking among small colleges in Brazil has dropped to 132 from 41, according to the government’s National Institute of Studies and Educational Research.” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,”Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

The Rio State Legislature’s Investigative Commission On Private Universities Targeted IBMR. “In April, the Rio State Legislature’s Investigative Commission on Private Universities issued a report criticizing for-profit colleges for firing professors. It singled out Laureate’s takeover of IBMR.” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,” Bloomberg , 1/6/14)

IBMR Has Increased Enrollment Through Aggressive Telemarketing Practices That Are Banned In The United States. “Laureate has also revamped the school’s sales operation. At IBMR’s telemarketing center, which didn’t exist before the company arrived, the school pays recruiters based on the number of students they sign up, a tactic that the U.S. Congress restricted in 1992 to stem misleading marketing gimmicks.” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,” Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

Laureate Increased 10,000 Students At Chile’s UDLA While Reducing Teachers, Leaving Graduation Rates As Low As 15 Percent In Some Majors. “In its decision, the commission wrote that, since 2010, UDLA’s academic standards have suffered as it has added almost 10,000 students while reducing the number of full- and half-time teachers to 399 from 408. Graduation rates were as low as 15 percent in some majors.” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,” Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

One Student Says The University’s Reputation Has Declined So Much, That “This Has Become The Place You Go When No One Else Will Accept You.” “Some UDLA students say its reputation has declined. ‘I meet people all the time who transfer here when they flunk out elsewhere,’ says Arturo Bisono, 25, an agronomy major. ‘This has become the place you go when no one else will accept you.'” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,”Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

At IBMR, Laureate Accepts Students “Who Score As Poorly As 20 Percent On The Entrance Exam.” “IBMR’s growth stems in part from its low admissions standards. Students who score as poorly as 20 percent on the entrance exam can get in, according to the school.” (Mina Kimes and Michael Smith, “Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain Amid Controversy,” Bloomberg, 1/6/14)

CLINTON’S HYPOCRISY ON INCOME INEQUALITY

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton Called It “Wrong When CEOs Make 300 Times More Than The American Worker.” “Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign here Tuesday with aggressive attacks on the financial system as she offered broad strokes of her case for running at her first formal event. ‘I think it’s fair to say that if you look across the country, the deck is stacked in favor of those already at the top,’ she said at a roundtable in an auto tech lab at Kirkwood Community College. ‘There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker … There’s something wrong when American workers keep getting more productive … but that productivity is not matched in their paychecks.'” (Jennifer Epstein, “Hillary Clinton Comes Out Swinging At CEOs And Hedge Fund Managers,” Bloomberg, 4/14/15)

But Over The Past Two Years, Clinton Herself Made Between $200,000 And $300,000 For A Single 90 Minute Paid Speaking Events. “Hillary Clinton is making gobs of it these days. UCLA paid her $300,000 for a speech in March. She is making millions off the publication of her new book. Private companies and trade groups are paying her a reported $200,000 per speech.” (Peter Nicholas, “Why Hillary Clinton Wants Big Speaking Fees,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/40/14)

For Her Six Figure Fee, Clinton Has Restricted Events To A “Continuous 90 Minutes. “”The ‘total amount of time Secretary Clinton is participating in the event’ should be a ‘continuous 90 minutes.'” (Maggie Haberman, “No Crudites, But Hillary Clinton Still Has A Long List Of Demands For Speech,” The New York Times‘ First Draft , 2/26/15)

With The Average American Worker Making Under $50,000 A Year, Clinton Earns In 90 Minutes Over 4 Times What The Average Worker Does In A Year. (Current Population Survey Table P-43, United States Census Department, Accessed 4/15/15; Peter Nicholas, “Why Hillary Clinton Wants Big Speaking Fees,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/40/14)

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As Clinton Rails Against Income Inequality, The Clinton Household Had An Income Of At Least $16.7 Million Was 327 Times The Median American Family Income In 2012. “As we reported recently, according to their 2012 income disclosed in government forms, the Clintons made at least $16.7 million in income that year, largely from Bill Clinton’s speeches. That total is based on income disclosed in forms that provide income ranges, and the $16.7 million total uses the minimum amount from each stated range.”

In 2012 The Median Family Income Was $51,017 In Current Dollars. (Current Population Survey H-6, United States Census Department, Accessed 4/15/15)

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Making Over 4 Times What The Average Worker Makes Isn’t Enough For Clinton, She Has A List Of Luxurious Demands For The Events She Is Paid To Attend

In Addition To Her Speaking Fee, She Has Demanded A “Chartered Round-Trip Private Air Transportation” Specifying “A Gulfstream 450 Or Larger Jet.” “In late January, a trade group for general counsels sought to have Mrs. Clinton as its keynote speaker for a conference in Miami in April. An executive with the Harry Walker Agency, which represents Mrs. Clinton, responded in an email, obtained by The New York Times, that in addition to the $225,000 fee, the hosts would also have to pay for “chartered round-trip private air transportation (e.g., a Gulfstream 450 or larger jet)” and business-class tickets for two advance staff members.” (Maggie Haberman, “No Crudites, But Hillary Clinton Still Has A Long List Of Demands For Speech,” The New York Times’ First Draft , 2/26/15)

Despite Having Her Transportation Paid For And Receiving Six Figures, Clinton Demands A $500 “Travel Stipend,” A Stenographer, And Up To Five Rooms For Her Travelling Entourage. “But the January email did set out other specific requirements, including a travel stipend of $500, a stenographer, ‘up to three (3) adjoining or contiguous single rooms for her travel aides and up to two (2) additional single rooms for the advance staff.'” (Maggie Haberman, “No Crudites, But Hillary Clinton Still Has A Long List Of Demands For Speech,” The New York Times’ First Draft , 2/26/15)

For Speaking Engagements, Clinton Requires “Diet Ginger Ale, Crudité, Hummus, And Sliced Fruit,” And Specified “Onstage Refreshments.” “A team at the Harry Walker Agency, a speaker’s bureau handling Clinton’s appearance, requested snacks in the green room (‘diet ginger ale, crudité, hummus, and sliced fruit,’ they wrote in an email obtained by the Washington Post.)” (Jake Miller, “Behind The Scenes Of Hillary Clinton’s $300,000 Speech At UCLA,” CBS News, 11/28/14)

“They Described Her Preferred Onstage Refreshments (Water, Both Hot And Room Temperature, And Lemon Wedges).” (Jake Miller, “Behind The Scenes Of Hillary Clinton’s $300,000 Speech At UCLA,” CBS News, 11/28/14)

CLINTON’S HYPOCRISY ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

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Yesterday, Clinton Said We Must Stop Unaccountable Money In Politics.CLINTON: “Because there are those who don’t agree with what I think we should be doing and they are pretty powerful forces. We need to build the economy of tomorrow, not yesterday. We need to strengthen families and communities because that’s where it all starts. We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment.” (Hillary Clinton,Remarks at Kirkwood Community College, Monticello, IA, 4/14/15)

Despite Clinton’s Statements Supporting Limited Money In Politics, Supporters Are Prepared To Raise Massive Sums Of Money For Her Presidential Bid. “Even though Clinton has said she wants to limit money in politics, people close to her are preparing to raise massive sums for a possible presidential bid.” (Dan Merica, “Hillary Clinton Would Consider Backing Bid To Limit Money In Politics,” CNN, 7/21/14)

Before Clinton Even Left The State Department, Ready For Hillary Had Already Begun Working On Her Presidential Campaign. “Before Clinton had even left the State Department, last February, Ready for Hillary, a political-action committee supported by some of her old pals, had emerged. Emily’s List, another PAC, introduced its Madam President initiative.” (Amy Chozick, “Planet Hillary,” The New York Times Magazine, 1/24/14)

Clinton’s Campaign Is Expected To Cost $2.5 Billion. “But even as Mrs. Clinton attempts to set aside her celebrity and offer herself as a fighter for ordinary voters, her finance team and the outside groups supporting her candidacy have started collecting checks in what is expected to be a $2.5 billion effort, dwarfing the vast majority of her would-be rivals in both parties.” (Amy Chozick and Maggie Haberman, “Hillary Clinton To Announce 2016 Run For President On Sunday,” The New York Times , 4/10/15)

Clintonworld Has Already Reached Out To Potential “Hillstarters” Who Will Need To Raise $27,000 In 30 Days. “Hillary Clinton’s fundraising machinery cranked up on Monday, a day after she launched her presidential bid, with senior campaign officials holding an afternoon conference call aimed at recruiting people to raise the $1 billion her team hopes to collect. …An email sent Sunday by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign said those who commit to becoming ‘Hillstarters’ must raise $27,000 in campaign donations within 30 days. The money will go toward Mrs. Clinton’s Democratic primary race, as opposed to the general election, the email said.” (Peter Nicholas, “Clinton Aides Recruit ‘Hillstarters’ in $1 Billion Fundraising Drive,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/13/15)

“Fundraisers Who Meet The $27,000 Goal Will Be Rewarded With An Invitation To A ‘Finance Leadership Summit With Hillary’ Next Month, According To A Copy Of The Email.” (Peter Nicholas, “Clinton Aides Recruit ‘Hillstarters’ in $1 Billion Fundraising Drive,”The Wall Street Journal , 4/13/15)

The Last Time Clinton Ran She Pulled The Same Trick, Paying Lip Service To Campaign Finance Reform While Refusing To Actually Lift A Finger To Do Anything About It

The Philadelphia Inquirer ‘s Dick Polman: Clinton’s “Basic Posture On This Issue Mirrors Her Husband’s Behavior During The ’90s; When Bill Was President, He Repeatedly Vowed To Work For Campaign-Finance Reform, But Didn’t Lift A Finger To Follow Through.” “[Sen. Clinton’s] basic posture on this issue mirrors her husband’s behavior during the ’90s; when Bill was president, he repeatedly vowed to work for campaign-finance reform, but didn’t lift a finger to follow through. Then he got saddled with the 1996 fund-raising scandal … culminating in 22 guilty pleas and scores of shady characters fleeing the country to avoid questioning.” (Dick Polman, Op-Ed, “Clinton Talks Reform, But Takes Cash,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/30/07)

“During Her Six-Year Senate Career, Clinton Has Never Once Championed Campaign-Finance Reform.” (Dick Polman, Op-Ed, “Clinton Talks Reform, But Takes Cash,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/30/07)

“Clinton’s Rhetoric Aside, She Has Done Virtually Nothing To Change The System.””Clinton’s rhetoric aside, she has done virtually nothing to change the system. And she risks political damage if voters begin to suspect that her reform talk is merely a cover for politics as usual.” (Dick Polman, Op-Ed, “Clinton Talks Reform, But Takes Cash,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/30/07)

Clinton Was The First Candidate To “Completely Opt Out Of The Public Funding System That Has Existed For More Than 30 Years.” “Clinton’s campaign was the first to completely opt out of the public funding system that has existed for more than 30 years. Her advisers believe she can raise more money on her own than she would have been eligible to receive under the existing system. Other candidates have since followed suit, including Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.” (Jeffrey Gold, “Clinton Backs Public Funds For Campaigns,” The Associated Press, 4/2/07)

Clinton Has Repeatedly Claimed That Public Funding Of Elections Is The “Only Way To Really Change” The Political System. SEN. CLINTON: “[I]’m very much in favor of public financing, which is the only way to really change a lot of the problems that we have in our campaign finance system.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 9/23/07)

Clinton Refused To Support Then-Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) Public Financing Bill. “In fact, her rival Barack Obama has been touting a public-financing bill designed to wean candidates away from the chase for private money; the bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this year, yet Clinton won’t endorse it.” (Dick Polman, Op-Ed, “Clinton Talks Reform, But Takes Cash,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/30/07)

But Clinton Claimed She Would Co-Sponsor Any Legislation That Moves America Toward Public Financing. ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “Will you co-sponsor the legislation on public financing that Senator Obama has introduced?” SEN. CLINTON: “I’m going to co-sponsor anything that looks like it can move us in that direction…” (ABC’s “This Week,” 9/23/07)

Clinton Resisted Efforts By Then-Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) To Further Regulate Soft Money, Claiming He Was “Not Living In The Real World.” “Sens. Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold engaged in a heated argument over the impact a new campaign finance law will have on Senate Democrats, Feingold said Friday. ‘You’re not living in the real world,’ Clinton screamed at him during the closed-door meeting of about two-dozen Senate Democrats on Thursday, according to Feingold, D-Wis., the party’s leading proponent of the law.” (Frederic J. Frommer, “Clinton, Feingold Have Shouting Match Over New Campaign Finance Law,” The Associated Press, 7/19/02)

When Asked About Eliminating 527 Organizations, Clinton Claimed She Would “Have No Problem With Eliminating Any Group That Is Misusing Their Financial Position To Spread Inaccurate Falsehoods.” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “Do you agree with the president? He’d like to see all of these so-called 527 advocacy groups that are putting out all these attack ads, attack ads against John Kerry, the Swift Boat ads, attack ads against the president, would you like to see those 527 organizations removed?” Sen. Clinton: “You know, I have no problem with eliminating any group that is misusing their financial position to spread inaccurate falsehoods.” (CNN’s “Late Edition,” 8/29/04)

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