Capitol Report: Hillary Clinton paid millions by tech industry for speeches
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The technology industry has been good to Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Post writes that out of the $ 11.7 million that Clinton made by delivering 51 speeches since January 2014, $ 3.2 million came from the tech industry. That industry was the largest single source of speaking fees for Clinton, writes the Post. What’s more, several of the companies that paid Clinton to address their employees also have senior leaders who have been early and avid supporters of her presidential bid. Case in point: a 20-minute talk at an eBay summit garnered her $ 315,000. Two months after that, one of the first fundraisers supporting her campaign was held at the home of eBay’s chief executive.
No Clinton emails until January: The State Department says it doesn’t intend to make roughly 55,000 pages of emails that belong to Hillary Clinton available to the public until Jan. 15, 2016, two weeks before the Iowa caucuses. In March, a State Department spokeswoman said a review of Clinton’s emails would take months. But government lawyers disclosed the proposed January date for the first time Monday night, in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by VICE News. Clinton came under fire for using a personal email address for official business while she was secretary of state.
‘Long haul’: Jeb Bush says a presidential campaign would be a “long haul” if he chooses to run. Bush, the former governor of Florida, was back in his home state Monday, looking very much like someone who is running. Appearing at a fundraiser in Sweetwater, the Republican criticized the Obama administration’s foreign policy on Iran and Cuba and knocked the current state of the economy. “It’s a long haul if I choose to move forward,” Bush told CBS Miami. “So it’s always good to be home.”
Sanders to unveil free-college plan: Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, will unveil a plan Tuesday for free tuition at four-year public colleges and universities. The Hill reports Sanders’ plan would also “substantially lower” student debt and bring down rates on student loans. Clinton is expected to unveil a college student debt plan of her own.
Daley on free trade: Bill Daley, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, argues in a New York Times op-ed that opponents of free-trade deals have it wrong. Many Democrats are opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal sought by Obama, saying it will hurt American workers. Daley’s argument is multifaceted, but here is one part: “There is no path to middle-class prosperity without tearing down barriers to American exports,” he writes. He says by 2030, the world economy is expected to grow by $ 60 trillion, with nearly 90% of the growth occurring outside the U.S. “Our success depends on how much of that new wealth is spent on American products,” Daley writes. The TPP would eliminate tariffs and other barriers.