In this clip, famed billionaire Mark Cuban takes a FOX News host to task for holding Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to an unfair double standard regarding public speaking fees after leaving the State Department. Neil Cavuto attempted to smear the former Secretary of State for collecting $250,000 in speaking fees – but Cuban shut him down quickly by reminding him that former President and conservative patron saint Ronald Reagan collected similar amounts after his presidency.
“Look. You have to ask yourself what’s the market for a former president giving a speech, right? So first of all, Ronald Reagan was paid more than a million dollars for speeches in 1989. He went to Japan and gave two speeches.
Second of all, Bill Clinton made, I think it was $250K give or take, for a lot of speeches. I’ve made $250K for a bunch of speeches. For the most part, he gets paid a little more than I do, but the point is he was right inside the market. He wasn’t getting paid more or less than the market.”
When Cavuto tried to insinuate that the money going to the Clinton Foundation was somehow part of a “pay to play scheme” in which donors bought influence with donations, Cuban knocked that down too:
“In order to determine if there is any quid pro quo, there’s go to be some money destined for the trade-off…they’ve been investigated more than anybody!”
The Clinton Foundation receives stellar marks from watchdog organizations in terms of their transparency and effectiveness. Any suggestion otherwise is part of the Republican smear campaign that desperately is trying to paint the Clintons as fundamentally dishonest in a disgusting slight to the family of Americans who have dedicated their lives to public service.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.