NBC: Clintons’ Wealth and Scandals Are A Problem For Campaign

• May 28, 2015 8:22 am


Hillary Clinton is facing additional scrutiny after the discovery of her husband’s shell corporation, created so the Clintons would not have to report earnings.

The shell company, licensed as WJC,LLC, has zero employees according to an AP report.

The 2016 Democratic frontrunner has faced criticism for secrecy, including for her use of a private email account and server while at the State Department.

After being caught with the server, Clinton admitted she deleted all of the emails off of it, leaving the American public with no way to know whether she disclosed all relevant emails. Similarly, the Clinton Foundation failed to report more than 1,000 donations, violating the Memorandum of Understanding with the White House.

Despite the plethora of controversies, a new problem has risen for the Clintons: their wealth.

"Both Hillary and Bill Clinton are being trailed by questions over money, including foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and their own finances after raking in over $25 million in paid speeches since the beginning of 2014," MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell said.

In the 2012 election cycle, Democrats disparaged Mitt Romney for his wealth and labeled him as "out of touch" with ordinary Americans. Hillary Clinton is now the wealthiest candidate running for president this cycle.

Bill Clinton, himself, attacked Romney for the secrecy surrounding his finances. He claimed the public "ought to know" the details of Romney’s finances.

"The voters can make up their own minds about whether they think it’s a good thing for a person who wants to be president to minimize his own tax liability," Clinton said.

The Clintons now find themselves attacked by the likes of Bernie Sanders for their wealth.

"This whole idea of a shell company, LLCs; it is creating this ‘other’ aspect," Meet the Press host Chuck Todd said.