New information released by the Government Accountability Group indicates that Bill Clinton received $1.8 million in speaking fees from TD Bank, one of the largest shareholders of the pending Keystone XL project. Clinton received the $1.8 million between November 2008 and May 2011 in return for 10 speeches, though the Huffington Post reports that Hillary did not go home empty handed. TD Bank held a $1.6 billion investment in the pipeline project.
Predictably, Hillary did not go home empty handed and received as much $1.6 million in speaking fees from TD Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. As it turns out, Canadian Imperial is also a major shareholder in the Keystone XL project and is heavily connected to the pipeline’s promotion.
From Breitbart News:
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and TD Bank were both primary sponsors of paid Clinton speeches in 2014 and early 2015, although only the former appears on the financial disclosure form she filed May 15. According to that document, CIBC paid Clinton $150,000 for a speech she gave in Whistler, British Columbia, on Jan. 22, 2015.
Clinton reported that another five speeches she gave across Canada were paid for by tinePublic Inc., a promotional company known for hosting speeches by world leaders and celebrities. Another speech was reported as paid for by the think tank Canada 2020, while yet another speech was reportedly funded by the Vancouver Board of Trade. But a review of invitations, press releases and media reports for those seven other speeches reveals that they, too, were either sponsored by or directly involved the two banks.
Peter Schweizer gets into the details with FOX’s Bill Hemmer: