Clinton Speeches May Have Violated FEC Campaign Rules

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Nov. 7 2017, Updated 4:53 a.m. ET

Since the Democratic primary race began, Hillary has maintained that she did not know she would run for president until shortly before she announced. But the facts in the case point to a much different truth. Clinton gave her last paid speech to the American Camping Association in Atlantic City for $260,000 on March 19, 2015. Less than one month later, on April 12, she announced her bid for president.

The topic of her last speech concerned the J-1 Visa program, something several candidates have been critical of. Bernie Sanders on Twitter criticized it, saying it was a program that had “morphed into a low-wage jobs program” that permits large corporations to hire cheaper foreign labor. Even Donald Trump, whose empire relies on J-1 Visas has blasted it, calling for its elimination.

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Specifically, the J-1 program was originally meant to give foreign students an opportunity to experience life in the United States for a few months while working. Instead, tales of cramped accommodations, low pay and high rents, making their time in the program more closely resemble indentured servitude than cultural visitors.

So, why was Hillary Clinton giving a speech to the ACA about the program less than one month before she announced her run for president?

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