According to recent reports, one of the scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton’s fledgling presidential candidacy have now at least partially ensnared one of her likely Republican rivals. Reports that the Clintons have gotten rich from giving speeches over the last 15 years have damaged Hillary’s credibility as a populist candidate who can relate to working class Americans.
As it turns out, one of the speeches for which Hillary Clinton took home a six-figure paycheck was funded by Academic Partnerships. The private sector education company reportedly paid Clinton $225,500 last year for a speech she gave in Dallas.
Jeb Bush, expected to announce his 2016 intentions in the near future, happened to have been an advisor, board member, and high-level investor at Academic Partnerships at the time Hillary Clinton was invited to speak. The former Florida governor also addressed the audience at the same event.
First Look explained that Bush’s involvement with the company began in 2011, and he was one of its public faces until he resigned last December to consider a White House bid.
Even prior to reports of this connection, Clinton and Bush have faced similar criticism regarding their perceived inevitability as nominees and the idea that, fairly or not, both give the appearance of creating a dynastic executive branch given their respective relationships with previous presidents.
“If the GOPe rams Jeb down our throats,” one Twitter user wrote, “they are no better than Queen Hillary and her merry band of thieves.”
Since the financial connection between the two politicos came to light, conservative criticism of Bush has only continued.
“JEB IS DONE!!” declared the Organization of Conservative Americans in a recent Twitter post.
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