Date: February 11, 2016

9 companies that paid Clinton to speak and donated to Clinton Foundation also lobbied Clinton at State Department

According to a Bombs and Dollars analysis of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s paid speeches over the past two years, the Clintons earned $2.5 million giving speeches to companies that also lobbied the State Department while Clinton was Secretary of State and donated to the Clinton Foundation.

In all, the Clintons raked in $25 million giving paid speeches in 2014 and 2015, according to financial records summarized by Politico, with Bill demanding higher fees per speech–$254,000 to $235,000.

The companies that lobbied, paid, and contributed to Clinton-related institutions were concentrated in the information technology and telecommunications industries.

Group Speaker Number of Speeches Total Speaking Fees Amount Contributed to Clinton Fnd.
GE Hillary Clinton 1 $225,500 Over $500,000
Salesforce.com Hillary Clinton 2 $451,000 Over $125,000
Qualcomm Hillary Clinton 1 $335,000 Over $103,000
Microsoft Bill Clinton 1 $225,000 Over $26 million*
American Institute of Architects Bill Clinton 1 $250,000 Over $50,000
AT&T Bill Clinton 1 $225,000 Over $11,000
SAP Bill Clinton 1 $250,000 Over $10,250
Telefonica Bill Clinton 1 $175,000 Over $10,000
Oracle Bill Clinton 1 $300,000 Over $250

*Vox, which analyzed donations to the Clinton Foundation, included the Gates Foundation’s contributions. Donations reported by the Clinton Foundation are in ranges, so a company that gave over $125,000 could have given up to $300,000, for example.

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Taiwanese political rivalries explained by baseball (Crosspost)

Crossposted from Mitchell Blatt’s ChinaTravelWriter blog.

A few weeks before I went to Taiwan, I was sitting in a noodle shop in Nanjing, China when a young man started a conversation with me about how much he hated Japan. China had held a heavy-handed military parade a few months before to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, and Nanjing was the site of one of the worst brutalities in the Pacific theatre. The Kuomintang (KMT) government that remains in charge of Taiwan until May 2016 instructed schools to teach that Nanjing to be the legitimate capital of the Republic of China (Taiwan), according to a 2013 Taipei Times article.

In the crowd at the Japan vs. Mexico baseball game (part of the WBSC Premier12) in Taiwan’s functioning capital, Taipei, it felt more like I was in Japan. Down 0-1 in the bottom of the second, Japan hit a home run with a man on first to take the lead, and the crowd stood as one and cheered. Some waved Japanese flags. Many wore jerseys of Japanese teams. A few groups in the bleachers even chanted in Japanese. If you want to see the difference between Taiwan and China, a baseball game isn’t a bad place to look.

Earlier that week, I watched as Taiwanese independence activists protested Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeuo’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, which was the first such meeting of KMT and Communist leaders since the end of the Chinese Civil War. “Japan is better than China,” more than one protester told me.

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