When Hillary Clinton said that politics requires being two-faced because it is “like sausage being made”, she was speaking to a lobby group that represents some of the wealthiest landlords in America. They paid Hillary’s huge speaking fees in order to purchase a pound of influence at her political meat counter.
Hillary made the speech to the elite of the rental market. Membership fees at the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC) range from $5,000 – $15,000 per year. Eight of the executives of the “non-profit advocacy group” make over $200,000 per year and the president takes home over a million.
The leaders of the lobby group would not pay a quarter million for Hillary’s speech unless they expected something in return.
Hillary’s Research Director, Tony Carrk, was concerned enough to quote her speech in his leaked damage control memo. Here is what Hillary Clinton said to the room full of landlords:
“But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.”
Hillary tried to reassure the high rollers in the room that just because she is a Democrat who publicly supports the interests of tenants, the landlords should not be worried because she can always slice them a “private” deal, especially if they support her campaign financially.
Hillary boasted about her “public position” on rent issues at HillaryClinton.com. She promised to “check the skyrocketing rise of rental costs” because:
“Nearly half of all renters between age 25 and 34 pay 30 percent or more of their monthly income on rent, and one-fourth pay over half of their income on rent.”
Democratic voters who suffer from high rent costs only know what Hillary Clinton says in public, not what she says in private speeches where no reporters are allowed and no recordings can be made.
Without WikiLeaks they would not have learned that she told the landlord lobby that her campaign promises mean nothing. Carrk’s memo, exposed another example of Hillary accepting “dark money” through her private speeches. In return for massive speaking fees, Hillary made the following statement to Deutsche Bank executives on October 7, 2014:
“So even if it may not be 100 percent true, if the perception is that somehow the game is rigged, that should be a problem for all of us, and we have to be willing to make that absolutely clear. And if there are issues, if there’s wrongdoing, people have to be held accountable and we have to try to deter future bad behavior, because the public trust is at the core of both a free market economy and a democracy.”
Why would a German bank give a future U.S. President over $200,000 for a speech except to rig the game? At least one source says that the failing bank will need another massive bailout from the U.S. Treasury in the very near future.
If U.S. Presidential candidates sell favors like bratwursts to every foreign interest that is willing to pay, then the game is rigged and the nation is in serious trouble.
Hillary is right, trust is at the core of the American democracy, and the public position on trust for Hillary Clinton has never been lower.
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