WikiLeaks: Aides Felt Clinton Needed to Give Speech on 'Political Corruption'

By Susan Jones | November 4, 2016 | 11:03am EDT
Democrat Hillary Clinton greeting supporters in Columbia, S.C. earlier this year. (AP File Photo)

( - Concerned about "political corruption," the Clinton campaign team in February 2016 mulled having Hillary Clinton "do a big speech" on "changing the way we do business."

The suggestion came in a February 17, 2016 email from Clinton adviser Neera Tanden. The email is part of the WikiLeaks distribution.

I know we have to get through Nevada and South Carolina [primaries], but after that, can we do a big speech, maybe near Congress, on changing the way we do business?

I was looking at some of the open ended responses in the story in USA Today on their national poll, and how Sanders people think she's [Clinton] kowtowing to big corporations who fund her.  Can she break through that by outlining an agenda to make Congress work for the people again: stricter laws on bribery; ban lobbyists literally from the capital (sic) building, or just report out all meetings; she would probably have to do something on her own fundraising.

Should I work some ideas up?..seems like we need to do something in this space.

I briefed the caucus and the Sen Dem message group on our trust in government stuff...[Sens.] Schumer, Klobuchar, Warren really got it."

In response to Tanden's suggestion, Clinton campaign adviser Jake Sullivan responded, "I am for you working up some ideas.  I am into this."

The USA Today story referenced by Tanden begins:


The nexus among private companies, Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton family foundations is closer and more complex than even Donald Trump has claimed so far.

While it is widely known that some companies and foreign governments gave money to the foundations, perhaps in an effort to gain favor, one of the key parts of the puzzle hasn’t been reported: At least a dozen of those same companies lobbied the State Department, using lobbyists who doubled as major Clinton campaign fundraisers.




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