Friday, June 27, 2014

There is nothing wrong with making money …

… but don’t pee on my tent and tell me it’s raining.

“Bill Clinton has been paid $104.9 million for 542 speeches around the world between January 2001, when he left the White House, and January 2013, when Hillary Clinton stepped down as secretary of state, according to a Washington Post review of the family's federal financial disclosures.”

“The financial industry has been Bill Clinton's most frequent sponsor. The Post review showed that Wall Street banks and other financial services firms have hired him for at least 102 appearances and paid him $19.6 million.”

Chelsea Clinton said in an interview she tried but could not become interested in money. She no longer has a $600,000 contract with NBC, but works for her father’s foundation.

And, yes, former Bush administration people make speeches and sometimes are paid a less embarrassing amount. Condoleezza Rice got $25,000 from Montana State University in September 2012; $150,000 for an April 2014 talk at the University of Minnesota, where a revived Students for a Democratic Society found her fee “troubling” and said the money could be spent on better things.

Mrs. Clinton will be at the Chenal Walmart Supercenter in Little Rock today, signing books.

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