As Jeb Bush Pounces On The Hillary Email Scandal, The Real Winner Is... Goldman Sachs

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While the Clintons have had their share of funding snafus in recent history exposing the former "not truly well off" first lady as not only a puppet of not only Wall Street but also America's mega corporations, Hillary Clinton's use of personal email accounts as America's former top diplomat is a far more serious issue as it touches directly on accountability, and rational decision-making while in a top position of government power. To say that it impairs her image as a presidential candidate who puts the country ahead of her own interests, would be an understatement.

However, depending on just how aggressive the US DOJ is, it may have criminal implications as well: according to the Weekly Standard, citing CNN conversations with "experts", Hillary Clinton broke the law by using her personal email account to conduct official State Department business while she was secretary of state.

"This is a very big deal," Brianna Keilar said to host Chris Cuomo. "And you said she may have broken laws or rules here, Chris, well a lot of experts say that she did by using only a personal account while she was secretary of state. This is a huge development, especially as Hillary Clinton is just perhaps weeks from declaring her candidacy for president." Keilar went on to suggest other Democrats might be tempted to run for president after this latest revelation.

One person who was obviously delighted by the latest development was Clinton's main Republican competitors, Jeb Bush, whose camp on Monday was quick to pounce on the email scandal, while also invoking the farcical IRS Lois Lerner "excuse" that emails were lost due to failed hard drives. To wit from Politico:

"A potential rival of Clinton in the presidential campaign, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), called on the former secretary of state to make the collection of emails public.  “Hillary Clinton should release her emails. Hopefully she hasn’t already destroyed them,” Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. “Governor Bush believes transparency is a critical part of public service and of governing.”

As Bloomberg adds, "The revelation is an opportunity for Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, to contrast himself with Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, on the issue of transparency. Bush, a famously active e-mailer as governor of Florida, in December said he intended to release about 250,000 messages from his time as governor, to accompany an e-book"

Overnight, Bush added on Twitter:

But while one could ascribe victory to the Florida republican in this latest scrimish, the real victor of this spat between the so-called "left" and "right" is the firm that stand to benefit no matter who wins: Goldman Sachs.

Why? Because both Bush and Clinton are desperate to be courted by the bank that made bloodsucking molluscs infamous, and to have the opportunity to return the favor in spades once either of the two moves to occupy the oval office.

As Politico reports in the "Goldman Sachs Primary", one can "forget the Democratic and Republican primaries: The two biggest names in the 2016 presidential race are competing directly against each other in an elite forum, the halls of Goldman Sachs."

Which means that the FDIC-backed hedge fund which understands hedging better than anyone, is about to insure that whoever wins the now largely irrelevant presidential election in a world in which central banks call all the shots, Goldman will remain in control.

Enter Bush, who this week will enjoy not one but two Goldman-organized fundraisers:

Jeb Bush will be back in New York raising money next week with his sights set on Goldman, the wealthiest and most successful bank in Wall Street history. He has a pair of events scheduled for next Wednesday with current and former Goldman executives, sources familiar with Bush’s plans said.


Bush’s first Goldman event next Wednesday will take place at the Ritz Carlton and is being organized by Dina Powell, who heads the Goldman Sachs Foundation and served in the White House under George W. Bush. Other organizers include John Waldron, co-head of investment banking, Alison Mass, a senior investment banker, and Faryar Shirzad, a Goldman executive in Washington who also served in the George W. Bush administration. The $5,000 per head event is expected to include younger Goldman executives. 


The events signal that Bush hopes to go head to head for Goldman money and support with Hillary Clinton, who also has strong ties to the bank and is expected to raise large sums from its executives to help fund her likely presidential campaign. And it means the nation’s richest investment bank is increasingly putting its money on the two best-known candidates, both of whom are viewed across Wall Street as centrists who could cool some of the scorching anti-banker rhetoric and policies emanating from the Elizabeth Warren wing on the left and the tea party movement on the right.


The former Florida governor will rake in much larger checks of $50,000 per head later in the evening at a more exclusive affair organized by Jim Donovan, a senior Goldman executive who was a key fundraiser and adviser for Mitt Romney and is now playing the same role for Bush. It will also feature John Thain, a former Goldman president who went on to serve as CEO of the New York Stock Exchange and now heads middle-market lender CIT. Other organizers include Scott Kapnick, a former co-head of investment banking at Goldman who is now chief executive of Highbridge Capital along with Ed Forst, a former co-head of Goldman’s investment management division. Muneer Satter, a former Goldman executive who was a co-chair of Romney’s finance committee in 2012, is another organizer.


In addition to at least achieving parity with Clinton in the Wall Street money race, Bush is looking to muscle out other GOP candidates for financial services industry cash, especially New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. So far, Bush has succeeded in this effort on his way to what supporters hope will be a war chest as large as $100 million by the end of the first quarter for Bush’s Right to Rise political action committees. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker draws significant interest from Wall Street. But the other potential GOP candidates including Senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, whose wife works at Goldman, have drawn much less support.

But the fight to dislodge Clinton as Goldman's favorite future president will be an uphill one:

The battle for the hearts and wallets of Goldman Sachs titans goes right to the top. Goldman chief executive Lloyd Blankfein is close to Clinton and has held fundraisers for her. The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state gave a well-paid speech to Goldman executives in 2013.



She and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have both raised huge sums from Goldman and all across Wall Street for their campaigns and charitable foundation. But Blankfein has also made warm comments about some in the Republican field including Bush. Blankfein has indicated he would be fine with either a Bush or Clinton presidency.

Of course he would: it's called "hedging" after all.

Then again, perhaps Goldman's televised infatuation with leaning left has ended: 'Goldman, along with the rest of Wall Street, steered much of its cash to then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential cycle, helping him raise $16 million. But they abandoned Obama for favorite son Mitt Romney in 2012. Clinton is expected to draw Wall Street cash back to the Democratic Party in 2016. And Bush is moving early to make sure the former first lady does not establish any kind of dominance in the financial sector."

One thing is clear: both candidates are desperate to get access to Goldman's check book: "Executives at Goldman and other Wall Street banks are even more vital in 2016 because they can write giant checks to so-called super PACs backing individual candidates. And as long as Bush is not an announced candidate he can personally attend super PAC events like the one hosted by Kapnick. Once Bush is officially in the race, he will no longer be able to coordinate with his super PAC."

So what is the Goldman strategy here? All too simple: shower both candidates with money (money which was recently printed by the same Fed, whose all important New York branch is controlled by a former Goldmanite), and in return expect protection from the very top to assure nothing can ever touch the vampire squid.

“Goldman likes to play both sides of the fence and that’s especially true of a race like this where either of these two candidates — Bush and Clinton — could ultimately be helpful to them,” said Charles Geisst, a Wall Street historian at Manhattan College.


Campaign finance experts say Goldman is hoping another President Bush or President Clinton would both push for Wall Street-friendly policies and draw on Goldman’s executive ranks for expertise, a practice that has fallen out of favor in the years following the financial crisis.


“Goldman is a behemoth that invests in everything and advises every industry and what it wants is literally everything,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. “It’s concerned about tax reform, Dodd-Frank implementation, energy and nuclear power and everything else. It will be interesting to see who wins this Goldman Sachs sweepstakes because it is such an influential player.

It will be, and in the meantime, Goldman will make sure it is providing enough funding to both candidates just so when the time comes to callin a favor or two, either Hillary or Jeb pick up the phone.

In the meantime, the perfectly naive US public continues to believe in such quaint, long refuted, ideas as "democracy", "representation" and "left vs right", all of which have long since been LBOed (at record low rates) by Wall Street's FDIC-backed hedge fund, pardon, banking titans.

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kaiserhoff's picture

Jeb is wrong on the issues, starting with ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

We need to cut government in half in the first round, of a thirty round fight.

Tsar Pointless's picture

Yep. Let's start with eliminating the funding of free Viagra for middle-aged Republicans who are too fat and can no longer get it up.

JRobby's picture

They can't get it up with women. Little boys is another story.

Of course there could be the issue of the sub-conscious haunting them? Nah! Doubt that!

Latina Lover's picture

Goldman would be fine with either Bush or Clinton because they control both parties via their bankster buddies.

clade7's picture

No Shit...this is akin to asking a Galapagos Tortoise if he prefers a head of lettuce or a carrot...

toys for tits's picture



"No transparency for Clinton's Bush."

PAPA ROACH's picture

Whatever happened to that most awesomely named blog, "Fuck LLoyd Blankfein"?

HowdyDoody's picture

<-- Hilary Biliary is the only politician doing this
<-- Yeah right.

SheepDog-One's picture

The republicans are of course too rich to get the free Viagra subsidies though.

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Best definition of a Republican: "Someone who can't enjoy dinner unless they know someone else is going hungry".

The_Dude's picture

Would this then be true:  Democrat : "Someone who can't enjoy dinner unless they know everyone is equally hungry".

Mr.Danglemeat's picture

A lobbyist once told me that the difference between a Republican and a Democrat was that once you buy a Republican he stays bought.!

surf0766's picture

I agree then lets cut EBT to 0.

F0ster's picture

Hilary Clinton shows she's beyond incompentent to lead. Her emails must have been shared by every one of our enemies. Unbelievable. 

SheepDog-One's picture

'Our enemies' Al CIAda and CIASIS?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Her emails must have been shared by every one of our enemies

The people who hate us for our freedom? 

NotApplicable's picture

Could you possibly be any more naive? Her only enemies are "we the people."

sessinpo's picture

Government doesn't lead. It follows. And it follows to destruction.

Mr.Danglemeat's picture

That Blond Skag didn't do her job as a wife, why would we think that she'd do her job as President? (...she couldn't keep her husband in her bed...)

Fun Facts's picture

GWB is a borderline retard.

Does anyone remember "That's my Bush" on the comedy channel prior to his re invention as a superhero after the PNAC New Pearl Harbor?

His brother Jeb however is not borderline. He is a full on retard with Sheldon Adelson's steeley dan stuck in his rear.

Perfect political candidate for Zio Bolshevik Amerika.

surf0766's picture

They are progressives aka communists in hiding

dimwitted economist's picture

Jeb: no way

Hillary: NO FUCKING WAY!!!!! 

rand paul: maybe

HardAssets's picture

Fool Us once,… Shame on you.

Fool Us twice . . . .
and you can do it a third time, and fourth time, and fifth time . . . etc, etc.

Yeah, the dumbazzes can't wait till 2016. They actually think this is a representative democracy instead of a fascist cleptocracy.

ZomBiEHiGH's picture
ZomBiEHiGH (not verified) Mar 3, 2015 10:10 AM

The sheeple on reddit are such gems "Putin determined to start WW3?" "He seems to have the "If Russia is going down you're all going down with me" mentality." lulz

teslaberry's picture

reddit is a psyop cia controlled (conde nast) media outlet.


also most of the posts there are by paid cpororate or government paid commenters. 


it's a cesspool of manpiulation.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

I really can't wait for this soap opera/mindless entertainment to end..

sessinpo's picture

It does end. Unfortunately it ends with the death of millions of serfs like us. That is the great reset that some on here wish for.

On the other hand, I know a reset will happen. I just wish to find alternatives to stop repeating this cycle so future generations may have a better chance.

koaj's picture

find the architect...

cornfritter's picture

The snake / builder people have wisdom.  They lack love.  They lust to be lordlings, and they will not win in the end, probably destroying themselves along with much of humanity.  There is a solution, unfortunately they rejected the chief cornerstone.  They nailed Him to a tree, if we are to believe the story, choosing instead a world of murder, theft and deceit (to create their utopia without such things).  Blinded by the light. Now they must murder billions?

HardAssets's picture

The architects aren't important.
(They are greedy, fat little old men pervs and paid bespeckled geeks.)

The propagandists, order following trigger pullers and nuke button pushers have the ultimate say.

Want to find the latter ? Look in the mirror, folks. This goes on because we allow it, participate in it, and can't Imagine that it would be otherwise. And also, because we can't stand to think/say "I was fooled. I was wrong."

Yeah, keep looking for the next 'leader', the next Daddy or Mommy to make it all better.

tarsubil's picture

Maybe she's not infallible? Did the CNN talking head just say that? Does anyone else see this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

SheepDog-One's picture

I'm just puzzled as to why there is not a 150 foot white marble statue of Hitlery in D.C. yet.

Thirst Mutilator's picture

I was thinking that 10,000 marbles on the Inauguration Day parade would be a fine substitute.

JRobby's picture

It would seem that the oligarchs have a candidate in mind other than Billary. Stay tuned...........with vomit bags handy.

NotApplicable's picture

Just getting all the bad shit out of the way as early as possible.

JRobby's picture

True, Romney was betting on short memory span of sheeple.

Moski's picture

Funny that no one she emailed at the time seemed to noticed the oddity.  The "story" "broke" years later.

Captain Willard's picture

This election race is a farce. Oligarchs own both candidates, the racetrack, all the stewards, jockies, the toteboard, the betting machines and the tickets.

We're just left with the steaming horse shit.

SheepDog-One's picture

I'm betting this is just a red herring setup. Everyone will bluster about this for a good while, then Hitlery will come out looking perfectly clean and 'the victim' that we'll all have to feel sorry for now. It's all just a game 100%

riphowardkatz's picture

The NSA should release her emails