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Release The Secret Transcripts!

- February 8, 2016

Clinton Won't Because We Already Know How Much Her Paid Speeches Conflict With Her Current Political Positions

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Clinton has received $21.5 million in paid speaking fees since stepping down as Secretary of State, but refuses to release transcripts, despite requiring a stenographer provide her a transcript for which she maintains sole ownership.
  • At a speech in Canada that netted her $150,000, Clinton praised the country's single-payer health care system and spoke favorably about fossil fuel extraction.
    • Now, Clinton is attacking Sanders' single-payer plan as "risky" and is opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • At a speech to a pharmaceutical industry group that netted her $335,000, Clinton backed more government incentives to generate profits spoke favorably about GMOs.
    • Now, Clinton says these incentives are 'price-gouging,' 'predatory,' and 'outrageous,' and she decries attempts to restrict GMO labeling on the campaign trail.

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HILLARY CLINTON WON'T RELEASE TRANSCRIPTS OF HER $21.5 MILLION IN PAID SPEAKING FEES

Clinton Has Made $21.5 Million From Paid Speaking Events

Clinton Has Made $21.5 Million On Speeches After Stepping Down As Secretary Of State. "Clinton made about $21.5 million on speeches after she stepped down as the nation's top diplomat in early 2013 and before she launched her presidential campaign in the spring of 2015." (Anita Kumar, "It Was Clinton Who Required Transcripts Of Her Speeches," McClatchy, 2/7/16)

Clinton Has Said She Will Only "Look At" Releasing Transcripts Until After The New Hampshire Primary

Clinton's Campaign Says She'll Only "Look At" Possibly Releasing Her Transcripts After The New Hampshire Primary. "After the Thursday debate, Clinton aides continued to tell reporters that they'll 'look into' the question. Over the weekend, they ruled out the possibility that she might release the transcripts to the public anytime before the Tuesday primary. 'She said she'd look at it,' said Clinton chairman John Podesta on MSNBC. 'She also said that once New Hampshire is done, she'll take a look at that.'" (Ruby Cramer, "Contracts: Clinton Owns Transcripts And Rights To Paid Speeches," BuzzFeed, 2/7/16)

Clinton Required A Stenographer At All Her Paid Speaking Events, For Which She Maintained Custody

Clinton's Paid Speaking Contracts Had A Stipulation Requiring A Transcript Be Produced, With Clinton Having Full Ownership And Control Of Their Release. "Hillary Clinton, who faces mounting pressure to release transcripts of her paid speeches, routinely demanded that a stenographer be present at her events so she could maintain a record of what she said. At least four of Clinton's contracts include a clause stating a transcript would be produced for Clinton and that the former secretary of state would own them and control their release, according to contracts obtained by McClatchy." (Anita Kumar, "It Was Clinton Who Required Transcripts Of Her Speeches," McClatchy, 2/7/16)

McClatchy Headline: "It Was Clinton Who Required Transcripts Of Her Speeches" (Anita Kumar, "It Was Clinton Who Required Transcripts Of Her Speeches," McClatchy, 2/7/16)

BUT THIS IS WHAT CLINTON SAID WHEN THE CAMERAS WERE ON

Clinton Made Comments About Single Payer Health Care That Conflict With Her Campaign-Trail Rhetoric, But Catered To Her Paying Crowd

Clinton Said ObamaCare Was A Way To Move Forward "To Affordable Universal Healthcare Coverage Like You Have Here In Canada" At The CIBC Global Perspectives Series In Canada In January 2015. CLINTON: "So we're in a learning period as we move forward with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and I'm hoping that whatever the shortfalls or the glitches have been, which you know in a big piece of legislation you're going to have those will be remedied and we can really take a hard look at what's succeeding fix what isn't and keep moving forward to get to affordable universal healthcare coverage like you have here in Canada." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks To The CIBC Global Perspectives Series, Saskatoon, MB, 1/21/15)

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  • Hillary Clinton Was Paid $150,000 For Her Appearance. (Hillary Clinton, Remarks To The CIBC Global Perspectives Series, Saskatoon, MB, 1/21/15)

But Now That Clinton Is Being Threatened By Single-Payer Advocate , She Argues That Bernie Sanders' Single-Payer Health Care Plan "Will Never, Ever Come To Pass." "Hillary Clinton on Friday cast Bernie Sanders' plan for single-payer health insurance as an 'idea that will never, ever come to pass.' The swipe builds on Clinton's repeated rhetoric against the Vermont senator's proposed single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care plan that he proposed earlier this month. The plan would provide health coverage to all Americans but would be paid for by raising taxes on most Americans." (Dan Merica, "Clinton: Sanders' Health Care Plan 'Will Never, Ever Come To Pass,'" CNN, 1/29/16)

Clinton Dodges On The "Merits" Of A State-Run Single Payer Proposed By Her Opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders. TAPPER: "Now I know that was a long timing ago, but you said in the Q&A single-payer would not be politically feasible. In a perfect world, do you believe that single-payer would ultimately lower health care costs?" CLINTON: "Well, I believe in universal health care, and I think we have now, finally, after many decades of efforts, thanks to President Obama, a plan that will get us to universal health care. It's the Affordable Care Act. So I'm not interested in what the Republicans are trying to do, which is to repeal it as they consistently vote to do, and I also think it would be a mistake to really thrust our country into another contentious national debate about how we're going to provide quality, affordable health care to everybody so -" TAPPER: "Right, but on the merits." CLINTON: "Well, the merits are, we need to get to universal health care. That is the merit. The merit is, how do we get to universal health care where everybody's covered, where everybody can afford it, we've had some experimentation with states, actually Vermont tried to do single-payer. They found that the cost and the taxes that were required were prohibitive. Colorado, now has a referendum on its ballot, so it's going to also pursue it. I'm a big believer in letting states experiment, but when it comes to where we are right now in 2016, I'm going to defend, protect, and improve the affordable care act." (Hillary Clinton, CNN's "State Of The Union", 1/17/16)

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  • Clinton Has Called Sanders' Health Care Plan A "Risky Deal." "'His plan would take Medicare and Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act health-care insurance and private employer health insurance and he would take that all together and send health insurance to the states, turning over your and my health insurance to governors,' Clinton said, naming the state's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad. 'I don't believe number one we should be starting over. We had enough of a fight to get to the Affordable Care Act. So I don't want to rip it up and start over.' Clinton called Sanders's plan a 'risky deal.'" (Abby Phillip and Philip Rucker, "Clinton In Iowa Attacks Sanders Health-Care Plan As A 'Risky Deal,'" The Washington Post, 1/11/16)

Clinton Made Comments About The Oil & Gas Industry That Conflict With Her Campaign-Trail Rhetoric, But Catered To Her Paying Crowd

Clinton Touted The "Safe, Environmentally Appropriate" Extracting Of Fossil Fuels Occurring In Canada, Mexico And The United States At The CIBC Global Perspectives Series In Canada In January 2015. CLINTON: "Canada, United States, Mexico are really uniquely positioned to take advantage of developments in energy production. But that should go hand in hand with investing in energy efficiency, clean renewable energy development, new technology for a more safe, environmentally appropriate, extracting, and using traditional conventional fossil fuels. I think this is an amazing opportunity for us, the three countries that are the core of North America." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks To The CIBC Global Perspectives Series, Saskatoon, MB, 1/21/15)

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Since May 2015, Clinton Has Come Out Against The Keystone XL Pipeline And Calling For Prohibitions On Oil Drilling In The Article, Which Have "Helped To Shore Up Her Appeal To The Green Wing Of Her Party." "Since Clinton's op-ed supporting biofuels in May, she's tacked to the left on environmental issues, criticizing the now-denied Keystone XL pipeline and calling for prohibitions on oil drilling in Arctic waters. Those stances have helped shore up her appeal to the green wing of her party, and though the pro-ethanol campaign group America's Renewable Future is 'confident that Secretary Clinton will continue to be a champion for the biofuels industry and for the RFS, including corn ethanol,' she may again split with her former boss." (Alex Guillen and Jenny Hopkinson, "Clinton's Iowa Dilemma," Politico, 11/24/15)

  • To Attract Green Voters During The 2016 Campaign, Clinton "Has Followed Sanders's Lead To The Left" On A Number Of Environmental Issues. "Clinton has followed Sanders's lead to the left. She came out against the Keystone XL pipeline just months before President Barack Obama rejected it. She knocked the dangers of Arctic drilling last August, as Shell faced increasing scrutiny and abandoned its exploratory drilling just one month later. And she opposed Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on the grounds it would hurt American jobs and wages, but the move earned her points with green groups who opposed the deal for other reasons." (Rebecca Leber, "Bernie Sanders's Radical Environmental Proposal," New Republic, 1/27/16)

Clinton Now Tries To Deflect Her Close Relationship To The Fossil Fuel Industry Claiming Her Donations From Them Came Because They "Must Have Put It In The Wrong Envelope..." QUESTION: "Hello, thank you for being with us this afternoon. You've taken many strong stands and actions for human rights, women's rights, and education in your campaign. These are actions which Republicans have often overlooked or ignored. You've also said that you support renewable energy in our country but have taken over $150,000 from the big oil and gas industries. These are industries which are in direct conflict with your interest in renewable energies, and I'm wondering if you'd be willing to take one step further away from the Republicans and take a stand against any more [garbled] campaign contributions from them?" CLINTON: "Yeah, I don't even know what you're referring to, but big oil knows I'm not their friend, so I can't imagine. They must have put it in the wrong envelope, because I've been very clear about that. And I want to take away all their subsidies, I've been public about that. We're going to move those $6 billion a year into clean renewable energy. You know, I will certainly take a hard look at that. It is not something that I've paid any attention to, because they know where I stand, and they know what I will do." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Town Hall, Dover, NH, 2/3/16)

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Clinton Made Comments About The Drug Industry That Conflict With Her Campaign-Trail Rhetoric, But Catered To Her Paying Crowd

Clinton Said The United States Should Look Into "Sensible Solutions" To "Encourage And Incentivize Risk-Taking" In The Pharmaceutical Industry In Remarks To The BIO International Conference In 2014. QUESTION: "So, we were talking backstage about pharmaceutical, bio-pharmaceutical industries. And I was explaining to you that is costs $1.2 or $1.5 billion to bring a drug to market. It's one of the riskiest ventures. These people are incredible risk-takers and entrepreneurs. Most of their projects fail, and most of the drugs that are approved by the FDA never pay for themselves. And, as I was saying to you, every country, every state wants us to come and set up because they want the jobs, they want the benefits, but they don't want to pay for anything. They believe that our prices are too high, and they want to drive them down. You can't be engaged in the riskiest venture and not have high reward, the economics don't work out, and it's a dilemma for us. What are your thoughts on that and what do you think we should do?" … CLINTON: "I do think that this is going to become an increasing challenge for the domestic industry, because I think that what we'll see is more and more state capitalism, state-owned business, very large guarantees coming from other countries. Not just the tax system, which has its own issues, but real subsidization for these kinds of risky enterprises outside of our country. If we don't come up with some sensible solutions that continue to encourage and incentivize risk-taking and figure out what the appropriate balance is for the reward side and of course the costs to health care and one of the ideas that I know people have been trying to come to grips with, is there any way in our system to embed some kind of foundational, for want of a better word, sort of insurance against risk that could be affordable and could be available to all of you who do this important work." (Hillary Clinton , Remarks To BIO International Conference, San Diego, CA, 6/25/14)

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  • Hillary Clinton Was Paid $335,000 For Her Appearance. (Hillary Clinton, Remarks To BIO International Conference, San Diego, CA, 6/25/14)

On The Campaign Trail, Clinton Is Now Calling Pharmaceutical Companies "Bad Actors" Who Are "Making A Fortune Off Of People's Misfortune." "Hillary Clinton took direct aim at pharmaceutical companies on Tuesday when she unveiled a plan to lower prescription drug prices, charging that some 'bad actors' are 'making a fortune off of people's misfortune.'" (Dan Merica, "Clinton Takes On 'Profiteering' Drug Companies," CNN, 9/22/16)

  • "'Price-Gouging. 'Predatory.' 'Outrageous.' Those Are Just A Few Of The Barbs Presidential Candidates, Including Hillary Clinton, Have Thrown The Way Of The Pharmaceutical Industry This Campaign Season." (Zachary Tracer, "Even Ss Clinton Bashes Drugmakers, Insurers May Still Feel Heat," Bloomberg, 2/3/16)

Clinton Has Run Ads Attacking The Pharmaceutical Industry. CLINTON: "For Lin's family the big stress is paying $400 a month in medical and drug costs for Aiden. For other families it is higher deductibles, premiums, and co-pay's that keep adding up. That's why we've got to crack down on price gouging, cap out-of-pocket costs, and fast track approval of less expensive generic drugs. Because we've got to get health care costs under control for Lin's family and for yours. I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve this message." (Hillary Clinton, "Aidan," Hillary Clinton Youtube Channel, Accessed 12/5/15)

Clinton Made Comments About The Genetically Modified Organisms That Conflict With Her Campaign-Trail Rhetoric, But Catered To Her Paying Crowd

Clinton Came Out In Favor Of Genetically Modified Seeds And Said They Were Scientifically Solid In Remarks To The BIO International Conference In 2014. QUESTION: "A lot of our companies are of course in agricultural biotechnology. 90% of the corn, cotton, soy in this country is GMO. It's used extensively throughout the world and every credible scientific analysis said it's a safe as can be. And yet we face, I think there were some protesters here today, an unrelenting onslaught that is anti-science and frankly, although we love organic farmers and all of that. It's... the fight is largely funded by people who have an economic interest in making GMO the bogeyman so frankly, they can charge two or three times more for their products. Where do you stand on all of this?" CLINTON: "Well, I stand in favor of using seeds and products that have a proven track record that you say and I agree that is scientifically provable and continue to try and make the case that are skeptical that they may not know what they are eating already, because the question of genetically modified food or hybrids has gone on for many, many years and there is again a big gap between what the facts are and what the perceptions are." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks To BIO International Conference, San Diego, CA, 6/25/14)

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In December Clinton Told A New Hampshire Audience She Favored More Testing On The Safety Of GMOs And Also Favored Allowing States To Mandate GMO Labeling. CLINTON: "There is a move going on right now in the Congress to prevent states from requiring labels. Yes, one of the many, many efforts that they are engaged in right now. So we have to stop that. We cannot let the federal government preempt that, because the information should be available to you as a consumer, what's in your food. And I think the more we can get that information out. We also need to do more testing and research, we haven't done enough. And so we can make statements, but we don't really have the information. We are extrapolating, we've got to have more government funded research and they're trying to block that as well. So those are some of the things I'll try to do." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Salem, NH, 12/8/15)

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