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Hillary Clinton Rakes in Verizon Cash While Bernie Sanders Supports Company’s Striking Workers

Verizon paid Hillary $225,000 for speech and poured money into Clinton Foundation.

While Clinton received a 6-figure payday for a speech to Verizon executives, Sanders has spoken passionately in support of striking Verizon workers on multiple occasions. (Photo: Reuters)

In some ways, it would hard for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to be more different.

Hillary Clinton, a Wall Street-backed multimillionaire, served for six years on the board of directors of Walmart, the world’s largest company based on sales. She remained silent at a time when the mega-corporation was viciously cracking down on workers’ attempts to unionize.

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has been unflinching in his support of the labor movement. Sanders has spoken passionately in support of striking Verizon workers on multiple occasions.

The Hillary Clinton campaign, meanwhile, has received tens of thousands of dollars from Verizon executives and lobbyists.

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That’s not all. For a May 2013 speech, the corporation paid Clinton a whopping $225,000 honorarium, according to her tax records.

Verizon has also given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which investigative journalist Ken Silverstein has referred to as a “so-called charitable enterprise [that] has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.”

Moreover, the Clinton Foundation has partnered directly with Verizon, which is notorious for its vehement opposition to unions. The corporation is a partner in the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, and said it is “proud to partner with the Clinton Foundation.”

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Ben Norton

Ben Norton

Ben Norton is a journalist and writer based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter: @BenjaminNorton

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