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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Washington Post, "Before Senate win, Rubio turned political ‘juice’ into personal profits": Marco Made Less in Two Years Than Hillary's Income From Two Speeches

In a Washington Post article entitled "Before Senate win, Rubio turned political ‘juice’ into personal profits," Rosalind S. Helderman examines Marco Rubio's income during the two-year interval between stepping down as Florida House speaker in 2008 and becoming a US Senator in 2010. Helderman writes:

"Even before he left office in late 2008, his longtime aide sent a letter on behalf of a new private consulting group Rubio was launching, seeking business from a potentially major client: Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami’s busy public medical center.

That was an initial step in what became a profitable two-year stretch for Rubio between his time as a state legislator and his 2010 election to the U.S. Senate. Although he spent much of his time on the campaign trail, Rubio built a consulting and legal practice that made more than half a million dollars."

Helderman acknowledges that following "a complaint filed by a political critic who, among other things, alleged that the former speaker had scored clients as remuneration for his legislative support," Florida ethics officials who investigated the matter "found no evidence to support the allegation."

This smacks of scandal? Is The Washington Post remotely aware of how many former members of Congress go on build highly lucrative careers at law firms or lobbying organizations, built upon their knowledge of the ins and outs of politics and the legislative arena?

Any mention of Hillary Clinton in Helderman's article? Not one. Apparently, it doesn't matter that Hillary and Bill Clinton earned in excess of $25 million for 104 speeches since early 2014 and that Hillary charged $300,000 to speak at public universities.

How do you begin to compare income of $500,000 over the course of two years with $300,000 for a one-hour speech? Answer: You don't.


  1. Or, the $500,000 that Bill Clinton got paid by the JNF
    to speak at President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday celebration. Next time the JNF comes to my door with a 'Pushka' asking for a donation, I'll tell them that I gave at the office.

    1. That was the story on June 3, 2013.

      by June 9, 2013, the JNF withdrew from writing that check to Bill:

  2. Interesting timing by WaPo, to hit Rubio as a distraction from the sewage out of New York?

    Did they notice the conviction of New York's former Speaker of the Assembly, only 'former' because the indictments forced him to step down, but Sheldon Silver did just apply for his state pension?
    Steven Malanga

    Silver Hauled Away

    New York’s just-convicted former assembly speaker believed that the people’s money was his money.

    December 1, 2015
    "...Silver was convicted by a Manhattan jury on Monday on seven counts of corruption. “Today, Sheldon Silver got justice, and at long last, so did the people of New York,” said United States attorney Preet Bharara. The emphasis should be on the “at long last.” Silver served in the state legislature for 39 years, including 21 as speaker. He ruled with an iron grip during one of the most corrupt periods in Albany’s history. It was during Silver’s reign that New Yorkers came to refer almost habitually to Albany as a dysfunctional place, and cynicism of state government reached epic proportions.

    [still angry over the corruption of every New York lawyer I called when the managing agent of my now former apartment was flagrantly, proudly breaking every law...that is how deep the corruption flows]