Since leaving her post as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton earned millions of dollars delivering 41 paid speeches in the U.S. to a variety of companies and organizations. At least 10 of those groups have been lobbying Congress and federal agencies on trade, an issue that has divided Democrats as the Obama administration pushes for a 12-nation pacific trade deal – and around which Hillary Clinton has remained mum.
Clinton has spoken in general terms on trade, saying in New Hampshire last month that any trade deal “has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security.” But the issue pits liberal Democrats against the White House and Republicans, and there’s a chorus of Democrats are calling for Clinton to weigh in.
In the weeks since she launched her presidential bid, Clinton has been dogged by questions aboutwhether special interests sought to buy influence while she was secretary of state through donations to the Clinton Foundation and through Bill Clinton’s paid speeches. For the first time, Hillary Clinton’s financial disclosures provide a picture of the speaking engagements for which she was paid since leaving the State Department and at a time when she was actively considering whether to run for president.
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