Now, just before the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton asks us to believe that she opposes the Columbia free trade agreement. We have already heard how her chief campaign strategist was, at the same time that he was directing Clinton's campaign, was also being paid by the government of Columbia to exercise his influence and help get the free trade agreement ratified. What we had not heard until yesterday was that Bill Clinton has received more than $800,000 from a Columbian group that supports ratification and, perhaps not surprisingly, Bill Clinton has endorsed the free trade agreement.
Former President Bill Clinton has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars speaking on behalf of a Colombia-based group pushing the trade pact, and representatives of that organization tell The Huffington Post that the former president shared their sentiment.Hopefully the political press will do its job this time around and actually look into Hillary Clinton's claims. It seems obvious to me that her credibility on the Columbia free trade agreement has been shredded.
In June 2005, Clinton was paid $800,000 by the Colombia-based Gold Service International to give four speeches throughout Latin America. The organization is, ostensibly, a development group tasked with bringing investment to the country and educating world leaders about the Colombia's business opportunities.
The group's chief operating officer, Andres Franco, said in an interview that the group supports the congressional ratification of the free trade agreement and that, when Clinton was on his speaking tour, he expressed similar opinions.