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    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. Their interests are sprawling and would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election this fall.

    The AP's review of federal records, regulatory filings and correspondence showed that almost all the 82 corporations, trade associations and other groups that paid for or sponsored Clinton's speeches have actively sought to sway the government — lobbying, bidding for contracts, commenting on federal policy and in some cases contacting State Department officials or Clinton herself during her tenure as secretary of state.

    Presidents are not generally bound by many of the ethics and conflict-of-interest regulations that apply to non-elected executive branch officials, although they are subject to laws covering related conduct, such as bribery and illegal gratuities. Clinton's 94 paid appearances over two years on the speech circuit leave her open to scrutiny over decisions she would make in the White House or influence that may affect the interests of her speech sponsors.
    AP - Full Article

    This is the sort of journalism I love - investigative, informative, and worth noting. But considering the nature of politics today, I struggle to see this affecting many peoples' votes.

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    Of course they do. Absolutely nothing new in that remark.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #4
        This is so generic that it is meaningless...
        WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. Their interests are sprawling and would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election this fall.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
          This is so generic that it is meaningless...
          WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. Their interests are sprawling and would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election this fall.
          Not when you're a Democrat and part of your popular platform is (supposedly) an anti-big business bent. There is a large amount of popular discontent amongst the Democratic base against Wall Street and such.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
            Not when you're a Democrat and part of your popular platform is (supposedly) an anti-big business bent.
            That would be the key point. Then again, the problem in some respect is not Clinton. She's just the latest instalment in a long line of bought-and-paid-for politicians. The problem is the large number of people who continue believe her tired shtick that she cares about Joe Lunchbox and Sally Handbag and is somehow an anti-business populist.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Skoblin View Post
              That would be the key point. Then again, the problem in some respect is not Clinton. She's just the latest instalment in a long line of bought-and-paid-for politicians. The problem is the large number of people who continue believe her tired shtick that she cares about Joe Lunchbox and Sally Handbag and is somehow an anti-business populist.
              That's what makes the people decrying her as some far-left radical as so hilarious. For being a holdover from the New Left, Sanders at least actually walks down that path. He actually possesses some strong, anti-capitalist tendencies.

              Hillary is so moderate that it hurts. Hell, her entire campaign so far has basically been her being dragged further left because of Sanders' rhetoric. She's a middle of the road, traditional democrat to the core. Her "leftist" credentials extend as far as healthcare and slightly higher taxes - which to an angry white man might scream "communist!" but really just demonstrate the disconnect between the rhetoric used and the reality of American mainstream political belief.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
                That's what makes the people decrying her as some far-left radical as so hilarious. For being a holdover from the New Left, Sanders at least actually walks down that path. He actually possesses some strong, anti-capitalist tendencies.

                Hillary is so moderate that it hurts. Hell, her entire campaign so far has basically been her being dragged further left because of Sanders' rhetoric. She's a middle of the road, traditional democrat to the core. Her "leftist" credentials extend as far as healthcare and slightly higher taxes - which to an angry white man might scream "communist!" but really just demonstrate the disconnect between the rhetoric used and the reality of American mainstream political belief.
                She is a far left radical. She just happens to either be a hypocritical or very logical left wing radical... or both.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
                  She is a far left radical. She just happens to either be a hypocritical or very logical left wing radical... or both.
                  Thanks for demonstrating my point in action there.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Skoblin View Post
                    That would be the key point. Then again, the problem in some respect is not Clinton. She's just the latest instalment in a long line of bought-and-paid-for politicians. The problem is the large number of people who continue believe her tired shtick that she cares about Joe Lunchbox and Sally Handbag and is somehow an anti-business populist.
                    I agree!

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                    • #11
                      That article is just a way for the author to say something that everybody already knows but makes it sound like he is writing something groundbreaking.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Checkertail20 View Post
                        That article is just a way for the author to say something that everybody already knows but makes it sound like he is writing something groundbreaking.
                        There's a big difference between saying something and demonstrating it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
                          This is so generic that it is meaningless...
                          WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. Their interests are sprawling and would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election this fall.
                          I'm really sure she is the only one that has followed that path.
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                          • #14
                            The old :tu quoque

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