Hillary Clinton defended her acceptance of generous speaking fees from Goldman Sachs by arguing that Wall Street is "not giving me very much money now" during a televised town hall in New Hampshire Wednesday evening.
But Federal Election Commission filings indicate not only Goldman Sachs, but other major financial firms, have poured money into Clinton's campaign and political action committee. Her close ties to Wall Street have become a frequent criticism from her sole rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose progressive appeal is structured largely around his hostility to big banks.
As the race between Sanders and Clinton tightens, the Vermont senator has drilled down on Clinton's acceptance of $675,000 for three speeches she delivered to Goldman Sachs in the two years between her time as secretary of state and the launch of her presidential campaign.
Morgan Stanley and Bank of America have also paid Clinton six figure sums for speeches, bringing the total she actually pocketed from Wall Street well above $1 million.
Even so, her ties to Goldman Sachs have featured far more prominently in the 2016 race as a symbol of her entanglement with the special interests most loathed by progressives.
Clinton has raked in more political donations from Goldman Sachs than Sen. Ted Cruz this cycle, despite the fact that Cruz's wife is an executive at the investment bank.
Goldman Sachs was her 40th largest campaign contributor last year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Overall, Clinton took in $17.2 million from the securities and investment industry in 2015, a haul topped only by the nearly $34 million Jeb Bush raised last year from the same sector.
By comparison, Cruz raised $1.2 million from the industry. His chief rival, Donald Trump, has accused the Texas senator of being "owned" by Goldman Sachs because he took out a loan from the bank to sustain his 2012 Senate bid.
Goldman Sachs is far from the only Wall Street giant to fund Clinton's campaign.
For example, Wells Fargo executives have pumped more than $100,000 directly into her campaign since she announced in April last year, according to FEC filings. That sum is made more impressive by the fact that campaign donations are capped at $2,700 per person.
Facing pressure from the Left over her financial connection to Wall Street, Clinton pushed back a campaign fundraiser with an investment firm affiliated with Bain Capital that was slated for Friday, according to a report by Politico. She will now wait until after the New Hampshire primary to attend the event, but has refused to scrap it altogether.
Clinton dared the public to find an instance in which her acceptance of money from big banks swayed her political positions, arguing Wednesday she had never allowed the generosity of Wall Street to soften her populist resolve.
"Name one thing they've influenced me on," she told CNN host Anderson Cooper. "Just name one thing."
During her eight years as a senator from New York, Clinton represented much of the financial sector leading up to the economic crisis that began in 2007. She had six years in office prior to the housing market crash to impose the same kind of rules on Wall Street she now touts on the trail.
However, a Washington Examiner review of the economic bills Clinton sponsored or co-sponsored during her years in Congress turned up only three that could be considered related to the causes of the crisis. All three were put forward after Clinton had announced her first bid for the White House, and only after the housing market had imploded.
Her Senate voting record indicates she seldom participated in votes related to Wall Street, although she now promises an assortment of regulations designed to limit the power of big banks.
Clinton's refusal to support the revival of Glass-Steagall, legislation repealed by her husband that separated commercial and investment banking activities within the same firms, has stood out as perhaps the most stark contrast between her positions and those of her chief opponent. Sanders has repeatedly questioned why Clinton is against a policy whose repeal has been credited by some with setting the stage for the 2008 economic crisis.
While her failure to regulate the financial sector as a senator does not necessarily mean she was influenced by the banks that funded her two congressional campaigns, donated to her family's foundation, and paid her and her husband for speeches, it reignites longstanding questions about Clinton's sincerity as Sanders attracts a growing number of anti-Wall Street progressives with his promise to break up the nation's biggest banks.