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Bill Clinton Got $10M For Speeches Last Year

From his undying fans at the Associated Press:

Bill Clinton Made $10 Million in Talks

Disclosure Forms Show Bill Clinton Made More Than $10 Million From Speeches Last Year


WASHINGTON — Former President Clinton made more than $10 million in paid speeches last year, according to new filings that show he and his presidential-candidate wife have at least $10 million in the bank, and may have closer to $50 million.

According to financial disclosure forms made public Thursday, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton hold two accounts, each valued at somewhere between $5 and $25 million. One is an old-fashioned bank account; the other is a blind trust.

The former president upped his speechmaking money from the previous year, garnering some $10.2 million in payments, compared with about $7.5 million the year before…

Six years out of power, Bill Clinton can still raise huge sums with a personal appearance. He made a staggering $450,000 for a single September speech in London, at a Fortune Forum event, as well as $200,000 for an April appearance in the Bahamas to speak to IBM, and another $200,000 for a New York speech to General Motors.

The former president’s earnings must be reported as the spouse of a senator. Disclosure rules do not require him to reveal everything. He received an advance from Random House for an unpublished manuscript, but is only required to say that it was greater than $1,000.

He also did not have to say how much he earns as a partner with Yucaipa Global Opportunities Fund, a Los Angeles-based investment firm…

Of course this is somewhat old news. And surely only the tip of the iceberg at that.

But why does Mr. Clinton still get a lavish pension from the US taxpayers?

I thought Democrats were all for “means testing.”

And you can bet this income was once again well sheltered from taxes by their used underwear deductions and highly questionable charities.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 14th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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