Accomplished people who are considered experts or knowledgeable on a subject are often paid to give speeches by organizations. I would think this would be understood, but apparently it’s not as it’s believed that being paid handsomely for delivering a speech means being owned by the organization who paid you. Thus, we have Hillary Clinton, unlike any other candidate in Presidential history, being asked to release her private transcripts, from private events, to prove that she is not beholden to those private interests because of the large amounts of money she was paid. That reasoning is illogical for accomplished people who are paid for speeched by many organizations and Tricia Beliso illustrates why.
Hillary Is One Of The Accomplished People
She’s paid handsomely for speeches because she majored in Political Science at Wellesley College and graduated from Yale Law School. She worked with the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
She was a professor at the University of Arkansas teaching criminal law, and practiced at the Rose Law Firm working pro bono in child advocacy. She founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families and was the first woman to be appointed as Chair of the Legal Services Corporation (by President Jimmy Carter) where she tripled funding from $90 million to $300 million. As First Lady of Arkansas, she chaired the Rural Health Advisory Committee providing medical facilities in the poorest zones, and lead the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee to improve the educational standard for teachers, curriculum and classroom size.
Hillary chaired the commanding position in the New World Foundation. She also served on the board of directors of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession that fought against gender bias.
She was the ‘First Lady of the United States’ to have an office in the West Wing. In addition to having the First Lady office in the East Wing where she was often called co-president for playing such an active role in public policies. Hilary created the State Children’s Health Insurance Program promoting immunizations and mammograms for breast cancer screenings and funded research on prostate cancer and childhood asthma. She also commenced the initiation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act, and created an Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice. She also visited 79 countries to amend their relations with the United States.
Post White House
She was the first woman & FLOTUS to be elected to the U.S. Senate representing New York and was then re-elected. She was appointed Secretary of State under the Obama administration where she continued to zealously advocate for women’s rights and human rights.
Hillary was awarded the Living Legacy Award in 1994, a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 1997, the Children of Chernobyl Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, the Mother Teresa Award for her humanitarian efforts in 1999, the Margaret Sanger Award for outstanding contributions to reproductive health and rights movement in 2009, the Martin Luther King Center’s Salute to Greatness Award in 2009, the George McGovern Leadership Award for her commitment and visionary approach to ending global hunger in 2010, the Champions for Change Award for Leadership in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace and Reconciliation in 2012.
Hillary has given numerous speeches, paid and unpaid, to numerous organizations because of her impressive background and tireless endeavors. To ask for transcripts from selective organizations (banks and financial firms) because you don’t like them, while ignoring the rest (women, children, minorities) is obviously political. She’s an accomplished woman and people will vote, or not vote, for her based on the entirety of her record and not from excerpts of speeches.