Her defenders in the so-called “mainstream” media and her supporters on the campaign trail hate it, but a new documentary offering a harsh but honest indictment of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s penchant for money grubbing, offering favors and and selling access over their decades in politics is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival.
Titled “Clinton Cash,” the documentary based on a book with the same title by author Peter Schweizer is set for release the night before Clinton [presumably] is named the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, the UK’s Daily Mail reports.
The hour-long documentary follows the money that has streamed steadily to the Clintons since Bill left the White House, suggesting that the bulk of it came from a host of companies and countries who spent lavishly on them for access and other favorable treatment.
Among revelations in the film: Out of 13 speeches former President Bill Clinton gave that earned more than $500,000 on the speaking circuit, 11 of them came during his wife’s tenure as the U.S. secretary of state.
In addition, the film examines the $1.4 million Bill Clinton was given from a Nigerian newspaper to deliver just two speeches – speeches – in 2011 and 2012, despite Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck’s atrocious human rights record.
The Daily Mail reported further:
It also also lays out unsavory dealings in South Sudan, the Democratic of the Congo, and Haiti, as it constructs at [sic] thesis that regimes and companies ingratiated themselves with the Clintons through charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation and by offering hefty speaking fees to the Clintons.
The doc also examines who among the Clintons’ benefactors had the most to gain, such as TD Bank, a company that backed the Keystone XL pipeline and who paid Bill Clinton an amount of $2 million for speeches. While the film does not provide any evidence of ‘pay for play,’ so to speak, it does present a bevvy of information for viewers to consider, as well as mixing in images of blood-stained cash to drive home the point.
Just last week, nearly on cue, Hillary Clinton released a personal financial disclosure that revealed she was paid $5 million in advances for her dismal-selling 2014 book, “Hard Choices,” and another $1.5 million in speaking fees as she was preparing to run for president.
Based on the book by Hoover Institution fellow Schweizer, the film establishes connections between donations to the Clinton Foundation or paid to the ex-president for speeches and decisions by Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.
“Cronyism and self-enrichment are a bipartisan affair, and Hillary and Bill Clinton have perfected them on a global scale,” says Schweizer in the film.
The film was being shopped around at Cannes for a potential distributor; its creators were also looking to land a television deal.
The plan is for the documentary to air the night before this summer’s Democratic National Convention, when Hillary will be attempting to recover from persistent attacks from her chief Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont (who has threatened a messy convention) that she is beholden to special interests, and as well as recent findings by the State Department inspector general that she violated established rules when she set up her own private email server and used it for government business while heading up the State Department.
Schweizer narrates the hour-long flick, saying his investigation of the Clintons basically followed the “oldest adage in American politics” – “follow the money,” he said.
The Clintons have said they were “dead broke” after Bill Clinton left the White House (which might help explain why they helped themselves to many of the White House’s furnishings – all of which belonged to the American people), but they certainly aren’t broke anymore: They brought in (we won’t say “earned”) at least $136.5 million in an 11-year period, 2001-2012.
And while speaking fees certainly helped pay bills, Schweizer pointed out that while Bill Clinton had been out of office for nearly 10 years, his speaking fees suddenly rocketed skyward.
And why? Because Hillary Clinton had just been named secretary of state.