Tech paid for many Clinton speeches

Tech paid for many Clinton speeches
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The largest share of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz: 'Too many politicians are being subject to criminal prosecution' The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Democrats spar over electoral appeal of 'Medicare for All' MORE’s earnings from speeches in the past year came from the technology industry, according to a review from The Washington Post

The Post found that more than $3 million of Clinton’s $11.7 million in speaking fees since January 2014 came from the industry. 


A number of presidential candidates have courted the technology sector ahead of 2016. The industry played an important role in President Obama’s victory over Clinton in 2008, and it has only become more influential since then. 

Clinton collected fees from big names in the industry like Salesforce, Qualcomm, Cisco, Xerox, eBay and others. Qualcomm for example, paid her $335,000 last October, which ranks at the top end of her fees. Salesforce paid Clinton $225,500 twice, for speeches in February and October of last year. 

About a month before Clinton announced her presidential bid in April, eBay paid her $315,000 for a 20-minute speech. 

Other industries that paid large sums to hear the former secretary of State speak were healthcare and financial services, according to the report. 

Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Appeals court allows Trump emoluments case to move forward Trump commemorates 9/11 with warning to Taliban MORE, earned a combined $25 million from speeches, according to documents released last week. 

Bill Clinton collected speaking fees from big names like Microsoft and Oracle, but the largest share of his fees came from the financial services, insurance and real estate industries.