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  • Bill Clinton Won’t Stop Giving $500,000 Speeches: “I Got to Pay Our Bills”

    At the center of the swirling storm involving millions of dollars in foreign donations and then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton, is her husband and former president Bill Clinton.

    The allegations about Bill and Hillary using their positions of power and influence to self-enrich at the expense of American security, aren’t going away.

    CBS News political director and future “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson said the allegations against the Clintons in the forthcoming books Clinton Cash “is going to dog the Clinton campaign in a number of ways going forward.”

    Indeed, a majority of Bill Clinton’s major speaking gigs of $500,000 or higher came only after his wife Hillary became Obama’s secretary of state:

    1. 2003 — Japan, $500,000 Sakura Asset Management (Japanese finance corporation) (A note: This speech was canceled, but the fee went to Clinton’s presidential library foundation);
    2. 2008 — California, $500,000, Power Within (life coach Anthony Robbins’ brand);
    3. 2010 — Russia, $500,000, Renaissance Capital (Russian finance corporation);
    4. 2010 — United Arab Emirates, $500,000, Novo Nordisk (Danish pharmaceutical company);
    5. 2011 — Nigeria, $700,000, THISDAY (newspaper);
    6. 2011 — Austria, $500,000, Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation(Austrian nongovernmental organization);
    7. 2011 — Netherlands, $600,000, Achmea (Dutch finance corporation);
    8. 2011 — China, $550,000, Huatuo CEO Forum (business conference);
    9. 2011 — United Arab Emirates, $500,000, Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (international environmental information organization);
    10. 2011 — Hong Kong, $750,000, Ericsson (Swedish multinational communications technology company);
    11. 2012 — Nigeria, $700,000, THISDAY (newspaper);
    12. 2012 — Austria, $500,000, Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation(Austrian nongovernmental organization);
    13. 2012 — Italy, $500,000, Technogym (fitness equipment manufacturer).

    However, when asked, Bill Clinton says he has no plans to stop taking massive amounts of money to give speeches even though the perception “looks bad.”

    “To pay my bills,” Clinton told NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden as to why he’ll keep giving speeches for money. “Any kind of disclosure is a target. But it looks bad. There’s no facts, of course, but it looks bad. People like to hear me speak.”

    When asked if he’ll stop taking big checks for speeches if Hillary wins the election, Bill said maybe but “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

    This guy will always be the gift that keeps on giving, to the GOP not Hillary, that is.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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