consultants are sandburs

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Speeches in exchange for money Bill Clinton did not give, but considered. Iran. Congo. North Korea.

WashExaminer, a rightwing outlet, here; ABC News, here; this websearch.

The ABC item stated in part:

While Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, Bill Clinton earned speaking fees around the globe totaling more than $48 million -- speeches that had to be vetted by the State Department to ensure there were no conflicts of interest with his wife's work as America's top diplomat. These newly revealed emails show speech requests that the State Department refused to approve.

[italics added, subject to dispute, "earned," vs "received" as proper wording] Many sources report many different numbers for money acceptance by one or the other of the Clinton spouses [apart from Chelsea's current speech giving for money]. In part, some speech fees went to Clinton pockets directly; some yielded cash for the foundation, and some reports do not distinguish one from the other.

The $48 million Bill Clinton haul noted in the above quote is staggering as a figure; but what was personal into-pocket take vs what was something less direct? The item does not present any breakdown of the gross figure.

Along the lines of the last paragraph, Atlantic; title and subtitle: "Hillary Clinton Makes It Hard to Follow the Money - Her family's foundation collects millions from foreign donors. As secretary of state, she benefited from pricey intelligence reports, but it's unknown who footed the bill. To whom is she beholden?"

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