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Donald Trump is profiting from companies he publicly thrashes for outsourcing jobs

Perhaps you've heard Donald Trump sharply criticize Nabisco, Carrier, and Ford for closing down U.S. manufacturing facilities and moving those jobs to Mexico, China, or some other country, or recall his proposed boycott of Apple. According to a financial disclosure form Trump's campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, and made public Wednesday, Trump owns stocks and bonds in all of those companies (or their parent companies). According to Bloomberg News, he's earned up to $75,000 from bonds issued by Nabisco (Mondalez International), Ford, and Carrier (United Technologies Corp.) since January 2015. He currently holds $1.1 million to $2.25 million in Apple stock.

Overall, since his last financial disclosure statement in July 2015, Trump's declared liquid wealth had decreased from $78 million-$232 million to the $61 million-$173 million in Tuesday's disclosure. The FEC filing is designed to flag conflicts of interest, not reveal wealth, but The Wall Street Journal determined from looking through the report that Trump has increased his revenue from licensing his name overseas but lost income from his beauty pageant and menswear businesses.

Trump reported $800,000 in income from paid speaking engagements since January 2015, but none of those were after he announced his presidential candidacy (last July, he reported $1.75 million from seven paid speeches between January 2014 and July 2015). Hillary Clinton released her FEC filing Tuesday, and it showed that she earned $1.7 million for speeches in the 16 months before she announced her candidacy, while Bill Clinton earned $5 million through November 2015. Hillary Clinton's biggest investment, $5 million to $25 million, is in the Vanguard 500 Index Fund.