MSNBC political reporter Benjy Sarlin said that the revelation of a shell company used by Bill Clinton to funnel payments to him from his speaking fees could pose a problem for Hillary Clinton as she runs for president, given the Democrats’ past attacks on the wealth of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Mitt Romney.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the omission of the existence of the shell company WJC, LLC from Hillary’s campaign finance reports was not illegal since it had assets of less than $1,000. But the very nature of its existence will make it harder to convince voters that she is more like them.
Sarlin told MSNBC News Nation host Tamron Hall that while there isn’t anything fundamentally wrong with using a shell company, it isn’t something the average person does. But it points to how the Clinton’s earn their money from multi-million dollar speaking tours and consultant fees—things the average person doesn’t conceive of as a normal kind of job or source of income.
Clinton’s wealth could also be problematic for Hillary in another way, according to Sarlin.
The Democrats pounded GOP presidential nominees Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney for their wealth, and made Romney’s Swiss bank account the subject of an ad, even though it was completely legal. The purpose was to paint a picture that they couldn’t possibly relate to the average American because they earn the bulk of their money from sources other than normal jobs.
That strategy may now come back to bite the Democrats, as Hillary is likely to be far and away the wealthiest candidate in the race. The Republicans will be missing a huge opportunity if they don’t make a point of exposing the Democrats’ hypocrisy on this issue.
Bonus video of Hillary with a southern accent.