Clinton Releases First Campaign Ads

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign released two campaign ads that will begin airing in key battleground states, New Hampshire and Iowa. Both ads focus on family and what she learned about family values from her mother, Dorothy. The ads are more personal in nature and show how Clinton was inspired by her mother’s story to seek public office. In the ad she says, “When I think about why I’m doing this I think about my mother Dorothy. She was abandoned by her parents at the age of eight, sent from Chicago to LA to live with grandparents who didn’t want her. But people showed her kindness, gave her a chance.”

Both ads are included in this post.

New Source: Hillary for America YouTube, Time

How to Access Clinton’s FOIA Emails

Hillary_Clinton_Twitter.JPEG-0e86c-6747The release of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails during her tenure as Secretary of State has certainly made headlines, and Clinton has said on several occasions that she wants the emails available to the public in the interest of transparency. News organizations release quotes from a few of her emails, but many average Americans have asked how they can read the emails from home. Since the release of the emails is part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all the emails are being posted to the State Department’s FOIA website. To access the emails that have been released so far, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to http://foia.state.gov/Search
  2. Type “Hillary Clinton” in the Search Terms field
  3. You will get results with a mix of emails and other documents
  4. Click on the arrow next to the “Posted Date” column header and select “Sort Descending” so that the recently released documents show first
  5. Click the title of the document in the “Subject” field to open a PDF copy

As of this posting, the search yields 3,445 emails and documents, and this number is going to continue to grow. The State Department will release batches of Clinton’s emails at the end of each month through the end of 2015. A total of 30,490 were turned over to the State Department, so this is going to be a long process.

News Source: State Department, The Washington Post

Clinton Releases Medical Records and Clean Bill of Health

Clinton takes part in a New Hampshire Independence Day Parade

Clinton takes part in a New Hampshire Independence Day Parade

Yesterday, the State Department released another batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her tenure as Secretary of States, and Clinton released two additional disclosures. The first release is common among those seeking public office: tax returns. The Clintons’ released their tax returns for 2007-2014, meaning that 38 years of personal tax records are now available to the public. But she also released something that isn’t common for any candidate: a note from her doctor.

The campaign released a letter from Dr. Lisa Bardack, chair of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group and Clinton’s personal physician since 2001. The letter contained information from her latest physical (dated March 21, 2015) including her blood pressure (100 over 65), cholesterol scores (Overall: 195; LDL:118; HDL: 64), various test results, and a list of her current medications (Coumadin, Armour Thyroid, antihistamines, and Vitamin B12) Dr. Bardack also addressed a concussion and blood clot Clinton suffered in 2012 for which Clinton still takes an anticoagulant. Dr. Bardack stated, “She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.”

There have been questions about Clinton’s health and age since she announced her candidacy in April. She and her campaign have opted to address the issue head on by releasing Clinton’s personal medical information. You can read the full letter by CLICKING HERE.

News Source: The Wall Street Journal, Politico

Clinton Calls for End to Cuban Embargo

MIAMI, FL - JULY 31:  Democratic Presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for an end to the Cuban trade embargo as she gives a policy speech at the Florida International University on July 31, 2015 in Miami, Florida. According to polls Clinton continues to lead the Democratic candidates running for the Democratic nomination.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech at Florida International University in Miami today in which she said, “It’s time for [GOP] leaders to either get on board or get out of the way. The Cuba embargo needs to go, once and for all.” Clinton called on Congress to vote to officially end the Cuban trade embargo. She also called for increasing business with Cuba and Latin America in general. The United States has a record of looking east and west as part of its foreign policy, but does not look toward Cuba and Latin America.

A video from the event will be posted when/if available.

News Source: Time

Clinton Speaks at the National Urban League Conference

usa-electionHillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Clinton spoke to a group of African-American leaders right before Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, and she took full advantage of it. While she did not mention him by name, she called out his record on race relations by calling out his campaign slogan and PAC, “Right to Rise.” Clinton said, “People can’t rise if they can’t afford health care. They can’t rise if the minimum wage is too low to live on. They can’t rise if their governor makes it harder for them to get a college education.”

She also spoke about the excessive use of force by law enforcement when confronting African-American suspects, and the continued issue of race discrimination saying, “We can’t go on like this. We are better than this. Things must change.” The full video of Clinton’s speech is available on C-SPAN.

News Source: The New York Times, Time

Hillary for America Writes Open Letter to The New York Times

Hillary for America communications director Jennifer Palmieri.

Hillary for America communications director Jennifer Palmieri.

After releasing a false story about a criminal investigation into the use of a personal email server by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Clinton campaign has released an open letter criticizing the inaccurate reporting by The New York Times. The letter, penned by communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was directed to Dean Baquet, the executive editor. The story originally said that the Department of Justice had been urged to open a criminal investigation. The story was later corrected to indicate the investigation was not criminal in nature but was a “security referral.”

In the letter, Palmieri wrote about the lack of response time given to the campaign by the news organization and she questioned the sources used for the article. She concluded by saying, “In closing, I wish to emphasize our genuine wish to have a constructive relationship with The New York Times. But we also are extremely troubled by the events that went into this erroneous report, and will be looking forward to discussing our concerns related to this incident so we can have confidence that it is not repeated in the future.”

Read the full letter by CLICKING HERE.

News Source: Business Insider, Hillary for America

Clintons Release 2007-2014 Tax Returns

bill-and-hilary-clintonToday, Bill and Hillary Clinton released their tax returns from 2007-2014. Over the last 8 years, the Clintons paid $43.8 million in taxes with a tax rate of 35.7% in 2014. The Clintons also reported donating roughly 10% of their income to charity. Due to the requirements of candidates, the Clintons have released several times over the years. To date, the Clintons have released 38 years of tax returns.

News Source: Time