Skip to comments.[Bubba] Clinton has received $16 million in post-presidency benefits
Posted on 03/13/2015 2:52:55 AM PDT by Zakeet
Former President Bill Clinton has received nearly $16 million in taxpayer funds since leaving the White House, covering everything from his pension to personnel to benefits -- and renewing questions over how much taxpayers really should spend on ex-presidents who make millions after leaving office.
A new Politico report and analysis examined the payments since he left office in 2001, and claimed it amounts to more than any other ex-president has received. Meanwhile, Politico points out, Clinton has a personal annual income that beats all the other living former presidents. His $15 million advance -- then a record -- for his 2008 memoir was just a sliver of his earnings. According to reports he's made more than $106 million in speaking fees alone since 2001.
Clintons wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also has earned millions in speaking fees -- and released a memoir, for which she reportedly got a $14 million advance, last year. In the first 16 months after leaving Foggy Bottom in 2012, she made at total of $12 million in personal income, according to Bloomberg.
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They are so poor that Bubba has to beg flights on Jeffrey Epstein's bunny jet, Pantsuits can't afford a government email account, and the pair was forced to set up a foundation to rake in foreign and corporate cash.
“According to reports he’s made more than $106 million in speaking fees alone since 2001.”
Why pay anything to hear a perjurer speak?
Am not satisfied with the comment that the server was purchased with his funds. Maybe out of some of the funds allowed to set up his office by the government but not out of his bank account. I want to see receipt!
Am thinking the foundation is using it also and THAT is the primary reason they don’t want it in IG hands
How many universities are run by liberals, who have these two speak, and paid through tuition fees.
And how much student debt went into their coffers.
But they care about education, right?
The parasitic Clinton's haven't used their own money for anything since their Arkansas days when they stated grifting off taxpayers.
Cong Jason Chaffetz's investigation needs to start w/ the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB):
<><> getting the documents which list Sen and Secy Hillary's govt-issue electronic devices, and whether they were returned;
<><> any documents Bill might have signed off on, and,
<><> the entire range of tax-paid outlays to finance ex-pres Clinton....including electronics at his Harlem office, and hand-held devices in his possession.
Come spring 2017, what will Zero’s speaker’s fee be?
Bill Clinton, and pedophile pal, Jeffrey Epstein
Photo: WireImage/Gregory P. Mango
Tax-exempt Clinton Foundation Accepted $25,000
(and a wire-transfer from a Swiss Bank) from Epstein
By DANIEL HALPER / Jan 8, 2015
EXCERPT On July 18, 2006, the tax-exempt Clinton Foundation received a $25,000 check from the C.O.U.Q. Foundation, whose president was known pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The Epstein donation is revealed in the C.O.U.Q. Foundation's 990 tax form, filed with the IRS.
Clinton flew on Epstein's plane to get donations for The Clinton Foundation from Mideast potetentate, the mega-rich Sultan of Brunei, who has announced he will kill homosexuals.
Epstein's pedophilia proclivities where well-known even when the Clinton Foundation accepted his generous gift" the New York Times has reported.
Epstein also kept Clinton on speed dial court documents show. Lawyers stumbled upon 21 e-mail addresses phone numbers for the fun-loving ex-president and his personal aide, Doug Band, stashed away in Jeffrey Epsteins electronic directory, according to court documents.
The lawyers considered subpoenaing Clinton in the pedophile case, since he might well be a source of relevant information but Bubba was never deposed. Clinton's close ties to Epstein will likely come up in his wife's 2016 presidential run.
Daniel Halper is author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.
Epstein, 62, is often called a "self-made billionaire," though his actual net worth remains undocumented. He began his career as a teacher at the elite Dalton school before leaving for wall street----working at Bear Stearns----and then going into business for himself as a financial adviser. According to a 2002 profile in New York magazine, Epstein only took clients who invested at least $1 billion and gave him complete control of the money.
Court documents in Clinton pal, Jeffrey Epstein's underage sex investigation, show that Epstein listed 21 private e-mail addresses and phone numbers for Clinton and his pal, Doug Band, CEO of Teneo.
Epstein kept Bill Clinton on speed dial as reports surfaced about Clinton attending sex parties at Epstein's "Orgy Island." Lawyers perusing documents stumbled upon 21 e-mail addresses and phone numbers for the fun-loving ex-president and his so-called "personal aide," Doug Band, stashed away in Jeffrey Epsteins electronic directory, according to court documents.
REMINDER An earlier two-year federal investigation revealed an elaborate web to carry out multiple frauds. The frauds used a sophisticated system of multiple telephone voice-mail accounts and post office boxes to avoid detection.
The Buckraking Clintons sucking up foreign donations is morally reprehensible----but the real problem is what exactly they are doing with the foreign monies once its in their Foundation's tax-exempt coffers.
THE REPORT WE ALL WANT TO SEE:
<><> dates and times of Hillary's emails WRT to US foreign policy issues,
<><> dates and times of Obama's official statements on said foreign policy issues,
<><> dates and times of foreign govt donations to the Clinton Foundation(s).
Let the money laundering, tax evasion and govt fraud investigations begin....start w/ the Clinton Foundation, The Epstein Foundation and Teneo.
Sen Charles Grassley recently demanded internal documents----including emails----about a program in which some of Clinton's political advisers and fixers worked for Hillary at State while simultaneously working in the private sector.
FACTOID Then Secy Hillary gave her aide, Huma Abedin, State Dept special status" ---- in effect Huma was working for state AND working as a private contractor for Teneo Holdings. Read on.
Back n 1/14. Sen Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) probed Hillary's State Dept aide's employment status...... asking how Huma Abedin got a sweetheart deal as an outside private six-figure consultant while at the State Department.
Abedin and hubby, disgraced sexter/loser ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, purportedly hauled in some $350,000 in outside income on top of Abedins $135,000 govt salary.
Abedin held special government employee status, and worked a sideline---as a private contractor. One of Huma's clients was Bill CLinton's Company---- Teneo Holdings--- a consulting firm that calls itself the next chapter in strategic advisory.
HUMAN EVENTS EXCERPT: Last Dec, a former employee of bankrupt MF Global accused former president Clinton---- chairman of Teneo's advisory board----of collecting $50,000 per month through his Teneo advisory firm in the months before MFG careened towards its Halloween filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as hundreds of millions of investor funds disappeared.
Teneo was hired by MF Globals former CEO Jon S. Corzine to improve his image and to enhance his connections with Clintons political family, said the employee, who asked that his name be withheld because he feared retribution, according to HE.
The source, who is no longer associated with MF Global, said Teneo is a dual-track company with one side devoted to merchant and investment banking and the other side set up to provide image and strategy consulting services. The Teneo contract with MF Global lasted at least five months, the source said. The board cancelled it after Corzine resigned.
The trustee for cheated MFG investors later sued JPMorgan bank for return of about $450M that MFG had wire- transferred to JPM's bank.
An earlier NYT's expose also tarred Bill Clinton WRT Teneo's sub rosa dealings. Teneo is run by Clinton aide---Doug Band. Prosecutors found Band listed w/ Clinton in pedophile's Jeffry Epsteiin's records as having a shocking 21 email addresses and tele nos.
All a good reason not to vote for Hillary, because that technically makes BJ POTUS again.
1) Clintons own words show his often expressed innate hostility to, and utter contempt for, the core principles of the American founding:
``If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the governments ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees. -- President Bill Clinton, August 12, 1993
``The purpose of government is to reign in the rights of the people - Bill Clinton during an interview on MTV in 1993
``We cant be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans that we forget about reality. -- President Bill Clinton, quoted in USA Today, March 11, 1993, Page 2A, ``NRA change: `Omnipotent to powerful by Debbie Howlett
When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly that they would work for the common good, as well as for the individual welfare However, now theres a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say theres too much freedom. When personal freedoms being abused, you have to move to limit it. Bill Clinton, April 19, 1995
2) Clinton inevitably pursued his own political advantage at the expense of American interests and national security. Here is just one of many possible examples:
It is well documented that Clinton and the Democrats took illegal campaign money from groups and individuals tied directly to the Chinese Peoples Republican Army. It is therefore not surprising that In January 1998 Clinton went against the advice of then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Pentagon experts by lifting long-standing restrictions against the export of American satellites to China for launch on Chinese rockets. Not only did he move control over such decisions from the more security-focused State Department to the Commerce Department, but he intervened in a Justice Department investigation of Loral Space & Communications, retroactively enabling Loral to sell critical missile technology to the Chinese. Interestingly enough, Clintons decision was made at the request of Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz, whose earlier $1.3 million campaign donation made him the single biggest contributor to the Democratic election effort.
The result, as stated eloquently by syndicated columnist Linda Bowles, was that the Democrats got money from satellite companies and from Chinese communists; China got supercomputors, advanced production equipment and missile technology; Loral got its satellites launched at bargain basement prices . . . and the transfer of sensitive missile technology gave China [for the first time] the capability of depositing bombs on American cities. Incidentally, Loral ultimately failed to benefit from this permanent injury to Americas security interests: in July 2003, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, and in order to raise cash was forced to sell its most profitable business a fleet of communications satellites orbiting over North America.
3) On two occasions, Clinton used military action for the specific purpose of distracting the American public from the fallout of the Lewinsky affair:
On August 20, three days after Clinton finally admitted publicly to the Lewinsky affair, the news media was poised to focus on that days grand jury testimony by Monica Lewinsky. That same morning, Clinton personally went on national television to gravely announce his bombing of a Sudanese chemical weapons factory, and a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. It was the first time most Americans ever heard the name of Osama bin Laden. The factory bombing in Sudan killed an innocent night watchman, but accomplished little else. It later was proven that the plant was making badly needed pharmaceuticals for people in that poverty-stricken part of the world, but no chemical weapons.
Several months later, the U.S. Center for Nonproliferation Studies, part of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, stated: "...the evidence indicates that the facility had no role whatsoever in chemical weapons development." Kroll Associates, one of the world's most reputable investigative firms, also confirmed that there was no link in any way between the plant and any terrorist organization. As for the Afghanistan bombing, it failed to do any damage at all to bin Laden or his organization. Clintons action was accurately characterized by George W. Bush when he said right after 9-11: "When I take action, Im not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt.
Clintons pointless and murderous military actions did not make Americans safer that day, although they did destroy an innocent life, and for all the good they did certainly could have been delayed in any case. But they did succeed in diverting media attention from Lewinskys grand jury testimony for a 24-hour news cycle, which was the main point. So I guess, they werent a total loss.
On December 16, 1998, on the eve of the scheduled House vote on his impeachment, Bill Clinton launched a surprise bombing attack on Baghdad. As justification for this exploit, he cited the urgent threat that Saddams weapons of mass destruction posed to America, and the need for immediate action. Almost immediately, the House Democrats held a caucus and emerged calling for a delay in the impeachment proceedings. House minority leader Dick Gephardt made a statement: "We obviously should pass a resolution by saying that we stand behind the troops. I would hope that we do not take up impeachment until the hostilities have completely ended."
Conveniently, a delay so near the end of the House term would have caused the vote to be taken up in the next session when the newly elected House membership would be seated with more Democratic representation, thereby improving Clintons chances of dodging impeachment.
The Republicans did, in fact, agree to delay the hearings, but only for a day or two. Amazingly, Clinton ended the bombing raid after only 70 hours -- once it became clear that in spite of the brief delay, the vote would still be held in the current session.
Once the bombing stopped, Clinton touted the effectiveness and importance of the mission. As reported by ABC News : We have inflicted significant damage on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programs, on the command structures that direct and protect that capability, and on his military and security infrastructure, he said. Defense secretary William Cohen echoed the point: We estimate that Saddam's missile program has been set back by at least a year.
Whether or not one buys Clintons assessment of that mission, it is difficult to believe that its timing was so critical that it required commencement virtually at the moment the House was scheduled to vote on the impeachment¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬. I think the most reasonable conclusion is that Clinton cynically deployed US military assets and placed military personnel in harms way for purely political reasons.
4) Clintons reckless sexual behavior was a threat to American national security:
Clinton and his supporters have been very effective in persuading large numbers of Americans that the Lewinsky scandal was only about sex. But I see a bigger issue here, because Clinton is on record as saying that he would have done anything to keep knowledge of the Lewinsky affair from becoming public.
To me, that statement raises a very serious question: What if, instead of sending her recorded Lewinsky conversations to Ken Starr, Linda Tripp had instead secretly offered them for sale, say, to the Chinese government? Or to the Russians? Or even to agents of Saddam?
What kind of blackmail leverage would those tapes have provided to a foreign government in dealing with America on sensitive trade, security or military issues? One of the few things Clinton ever said that I believe is that he would have done anything to keep the Lewinsky affair secret. Given his demonstrated track record of selling out American interests for personal or political gain (and there are more examples that I could have cited here), how far would he have gone in compromising Americas real interests in order to protect his own neck when threatened with blackmail?
Pretty far, I believe. Equally distressing is the prospect Clinton might, in fact, have succumbed to foreign black mail on other occasions in order to hide different sexual episodes that ultimately did not become public. There is no way to know, of course, but I prefer presidents for whom such a scenario is not a plausible possibility.
And dont even get me started on the war crime in Kosovo.
WAR IN KOSOVO
During Bill Clintons 1999 NATO-led war in Kosovo which according to some estimates cost as much as $75 billion we bombed Belgrade for 78 days, killed almost 3,000 civilians, and shredded the civilian infrastructure (including every bridge across the Danube.)
We devastated the environment, bombed the Chinese embassy, came very close to engaging in armed combat against Russian forces, and in general, pursued a horrific and inhumane strategy to rain misery on the civilian population of Belgrade in order to pressure Milosevic into surrendering.
Why did we do all that? The US did not even have an arguable interest in the Balkans, and no one ever tried to claim that Serbia represented any kind of threat to our nation or our interests.
But for months the Clinton administration had told us that Milosevic was waging a vicious genocide against Albanian Muslims, and needed to be stopped. The New York Times called it a humanitarian war. In March 1999 the same month that the bombing started Clintons State Department publicly suggested that as many as 500,000 Albanian Kosovars had been murdered by Milosevics regime. In May of that year, as the bombing campaign was drawing to a close, Secretary of Defense William Cohen lowered that estimate 100,000.
Five years after the bombing, after all the forensic investigations had been completed, the prosecutors at Milosevics War Crimes trial in the Hague were barely been able to document a questionable figure of perhaps 5,000 bodies and body parts. During the war, the American people were told that Kosovo was full of mass graves filled with the bodies of murdered Albanian Muslims. But none were ever found.
BILL CLINTON ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
During the election cycle of 1992, George H.W. Bush lost his job after Bill Clinton hammered him relentlessly for having caused the worst economy of the last 50 years.
In fact, as CNNs Brooke Jackson has reported: Three days before Christmas 1992, the National Bureau of Economic Research finally issued its official proclamation that the recession had ended 21 months earlier. What became the longest boom in U.S. history actually began nearly two years before Clinton took office. See (See http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/10/31/jackson.recession.primer.otsc/).
By the same token, Clinton is generally perceived as having a stellar economic record during his own presidency, in spite of the fact that the economy was already starting to decline during the last year of his term after the stock market crashed in March 2000.
According to a report by MSNBC: The longest economic expansion in U.S. history faltered so much in the summer of 2000 that business output actually contracted for one quarter, the government said Wednesday in releasing a comprehensive revision of the gross domestic product. Based on new data, the Commerce Department said that the GDP the countrys total output of goods and services shrank by 0.5 percent at an annual rate in the July-September quarter of 2000. See: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3676690/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/t/gdp-figures-revised-downward/.
Imagine the costs to taxpayers that obama will bring.
They will charge every trip, every meal to us.
Post-presidential pensions were to avoid a former President from living impoverished. [Former President Grant almost died penniless, but Mark Twain helped the former General and President write and publish his memoirs, which brought in a substantial amount of money.]
The fix for this problem is to treat the pension sort of like Social Security does for extra income brought in - a former President should lose $1 of pension for every $1 brought in through wages, speaking fees, directorship fees, etc. Also - once the President’s income was in excess of $1 million dollars, the Secret Service detail’s costs beyond 2 agents would be paid for by the former President. Also - if the spouse of the former President was apart from the President and therefore required a separate Secret Service detail, that had to be paid for by the former President.
The fees for operating an office should be strictly limited - maybe $200,000/year - enough to cover 1 secretary and office spaces, etc. Beyond that - out of their own pocket!
If a former President, like Truman wishes to quietly retire, they are covered adequately. But if they wish to live extravagantly, then the taxpayers should be relieved from ANY burden of covering expenses.
But, but, but — Hillary said they were “dead broke”.
Oh come on! It’s so much more than that.
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