Hacked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta show her inner circle admitting to a “huge” $112,000 pay gap at The Clinton Foundation between the highest-paid men and women.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign website says “women earn less than men across our economy.” Stolen documents released by WikiLeaks demonstrate that her own foundation — as recently as February 2015 — was guilty of the same.
“Guys — Given the story yesterday about pay equity at the State Department, I wanted to flag something that came out of our research on pay equity at the Foundation,” future Clinton campaign staffer Ian Mandel said in an Feb. 24, 2015 email. “There are huge discrepancies, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they went here next. See a summary below from Karuna.”
Karuna Seshasai, another future addition to the Democrat hopeful’s campaign, then addressed The Clinton Foundation’s “huge” gender pay gap.
“3 out of the 11 highest paid employees of the Foundation are women. Avg salary of the highest paid men is $294,157.50, while the avg salary of the highest paid women is $181,576.66 ($112K difference),” Mrs. Seshasai said in an email seen by campaign manager Robby Mook and Cheryl Mills, Mrs. Clinton’s State Department chief of staff. “Median salary of the highest paid men is $346,106, while the median salary of the highest paid women is $185,386 ($190K difference).”
Mrs. Seshasai’s analysis came just one day after a report by The Washington Free Beacon that detailed Mrs. Clinton’s gender pay gap for staff during her time as a New York senator.
“Hillary Clinton portrays herself as a champion of women in the workforce, but women working for her in the U.S. Senate were paid 72 cents for each dollar paid to men, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of her Senate years’ salary data,” the website wrote Feb. 23, 2015. “During those years, the median annual salary for a woman working in Clinton’s office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man, according to the analysis of data compiled from official Senate expenditure reports.”
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has vowed to release up to 50,000 documents from Mr. Podesta’s hacked server before the U.S. presidential election Nov. 8.
The U.S. intelligence community has blamed Russian state actors for the theft.