By Jeff Simpson
Last night, as we gear up for next weeks primary in New York, Bernie Sanders held a rally which drew by some estimates up to 50,000 people!
In 2008, then Senator Obama drew a crowd about half this size and the New York Times called it the tipping point in the election. When Bernie draws that crowd it is barely covered. I guess we know what the saying "Two Americas" means.
Now lets look into what Hillary was doing at this time. At a fund raiser in Communist Beijing, China with Goldman Sach's own Gary Gensler. I couldnt afford the $3000/plate and plane ticket to get there but I am assuming that Mr. Gensler and Ms. Clinton did not mention the $5 Billion dollar fine that Goldman Sachs was just given for selling faulty mortgage securities to their investors. At least it allowed the owners of sweat shops to give lots of money to Hillary to help influence American elections.
But Wait! There is more. Probably the biggest difference between the two and why Bernie draws 50,000 people for free and Hillary draws a couple hundred rich folks with big checks.
Verizon went on strike yesterday.
Senator Sanders, in a show of solidarity, walked the picket lines with the workers who are just trying to get a fair wage for their hard work. The 111 Billion dollar company did not get that big without the work of many hard working employees.
The company is doing well enough that Verizon Communications Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam received $18.3 million in total compensation last year, a 16 percent increase.
While Bernie was walking the picket line, we found out that Hillary was taking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from Verizon.
The Hillary Clinton campaign, meanwhile, has received tens of thousands of dollars from Verizon executives and lobbyists.
That’s not all. For a May 2013 speech, the corporation paid Clinton a whopping $225,000 honorarium, according to her tax records.
Verizon has also given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which investigative journalist Ken Silverstein has referred to as a “so-called charitable enterprise [that] has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.”
Moreover, the Clinton Foundation has partnered directly with Verizon, which is notorious for its vehement opposition to unions. The corporation is a partner in the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, and said it is “proud to partner with the Clinton Foundation.”
I did not have an extra $225000 to pay to see Hillary's speech, which is why she uses white noise machines so only paying customers can hear her.
I was however able to pay the fee to hear Bernie Sanders give his speech(it was free) to the Verizon workers. Instead of begging for the transcripts, we have actual video.