Hillary Clinton is, maybe not best know for her utter destitution upon her husband leaving office in the early 2000s, but may be most recently known for her claim that she and Bill struggled desperately to make ends meet once they were relegated to only two homes and lucrative speaking tours that paid in the six figures per appearance.
It now seems that those hard times were even shorter than previously imagined. Starting with her campaign for President in 2007, Hillary Clinton may have been chowing down on ramen noodles and buying pantsuits made of polyester instead of silk shantung, but she wasn’t skimping on air travel
Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney each finished second in their party’s primaries when they ran for president in 2008, but they took dramatically different routes to arrive at the same result — literally, in a way.
A deeper look into the candidates’ campaign expenditures reveals that Clinton spent more than nine times as much as Romney did on private jets during the 2008 race.
An analysis of public documents by National Review Online shows that Clinton took more than $19.2 million worth of private flights during the primaries before dropping out when then-senator Barack Obama finally built an insurmountable lead. Romney, who ultimately finished second in the primaries to Senator John McCain, spent just over $2.2 million on private-plane travel.
You can explain a little of the disparity away by saying that Hillary stayed in her primary much longer than Mitt Romney did, as she figured that sooner or later Democrats would see the wisdom of hiring someone whose primary experience with administration was as the wife of someone who did it fairly well for eight years over someone who served one term as a junior senator and a couple of terms in the Illinois statehouse, to no avail. You could also chalk it up to Hillary being more effusive with her travel, thinking that appearing in more places would land her more votes, but that just seems to add to the confusion. Obviously, unlike Mitt, whose net worth is approximately $250 million, Hillary Clinton doesn’t know much about smart investing.
As we gear up for yet another contest where Democrats will race to the bottom to demonstrate their compassion for the working man, even though their most working-man friendly potential candidate Elizabeth Warren is worth roughly $10M, Hillary’s luxurious lifestyle will definitely come into play, as it should. The truth is, until now, we’ve been kept in the dark as to how much Hillary Clinton actually is worth. Some figures estimate it between $10 and $50 million, which is a big bracket, but Bill and Hillary Clinton have taken advantage of loose disclosure requirements to hide much of what they’ve received as income, especially once Hillary officially left public service. Her last detailed disclosures were from 2010, before she began her multi-million-dollar generating world speaking tour to pick up all the participation trophies she could conceivably fit in a carry on before updating her resume.
Fortunately, unlike his wife, Bill Clinton has been forgoing chartered private plane travel in favor of hitching rides.