In order to fully appreciate Jeryl Bier’s contribution to the worst week for the Clintons in years, one has to first watch Hillary Clinton in action explaining her raison d’être for 2016. The Democratic only-runner came out of hiding for a brief moment at an Emily’s List dinner on Tuesday. She chose not to comment on the scandals that have erupted around her tenure at State — taking millions from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation and evading the Federal Records Act during her entire term as Secretary of State — but instead asked the crowd whether they’re ready to see a woman become President:
However, this is the statement which pertains to Jeryl’s latest:
Don’t you want to see more women running for mayor and governor who will put our families first? Don’t you want to see more women running for Congress who will follow in the footsteps of Barbara Mikulski and champion equal pay and equal opportunity?
I’m certain they do. They probably would like to see women who’ve had the opportunity to set an example through their own actions to provide equal pay and equal access for women — not just in telling others how to behave, but actually following through on their own actions. Hillary Clinton had eight years in the Senate to set that example, and failed miserably; in fact, she did worse than average, paying women on her staff less than 70 cents on the dollar to the men in her final two years.
That’s in the public sector, though. How does the Clinton Foundation, run by herself and Bill Clinton, stack up on equal pay and equal opportunity? Not terribly well. Of the top eleven positions in the foundation, women only have three — and they’re #9, #10, and #11:
While the Clinton Foundation regularly posts annual reports and financial statements on its website, there is no requirement that the organization list compensation for all employees. The 990 form, however, asks for a list of directors, officers, trustees, and “key employees,” as well as the next five most highly compensated employees not in those other categories. For 2013, this list is comprised of twenty-three names, eleven of whom received compensation (members of the board of directors are not paid, except for the chairman, who also served as CEO). When sorted by total compensation, the first eight names on the list are men, followed by three women below[.]
It’s worth noting that this data comes from 2013, which is when Hillary returned to active participation in the foundation. It’s also the worst of the five years that Jeryl analyzes, with the three women averaging 63 cents on the dollar, significantly below the peak in 2011 when it was 77 cents on the dollar, and there were four women instead of three.
Also, take a look at the job titles, too. Graham and Streett have unique titles on this list, but Virginia Ehrlich is one of five CEOs within the foundation. The other four — all men — earned an average of $302,120 in 2013. Ehrlich only earned 66.5% of that average for the same position, and only 50.9% of Lindsey’s salary. The closest Ehrlich got to any of the other four CEOs in 2013 was 82.5% of Harrison’s salary.
Hillary Clinton and her family like to talk about “champion[ing] equal pay,” but in reality, they’re playing Emily’s List and progressives for chumps.
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