For nearly anyone, the idea of being paid $250,000 for one speech is unimaginable. For many people, that amount is more than they will make in their entire lives. But even for those who are in the political sphere, a $250,000 speech can still be quite the hefty bonus.

In the Democratic primary race, there has been a great deal of controversy over who is making what money and where the money is coming from and what sort of promises are attached to that money.

Both candidates say that they want to repeal Citizens United and get money out of politics, but only one of those candidates is actively walking the walk in that talk.

Many argue that what Hillary Clinton said in her speeches to Goldman Sachs and others doesn’t matter, but as Bernie Sanders pointed out this week, the amount of money Clinton got for those speeches was more than Sanders, a sitting U.S. Senator, made for the entire year.


That sort of price tag makes many wonder what sort of bang the big banks got for their buck. Clinton’s refusal to release the transcripts only fans the flames of doubt even more.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at