President-in-Waiting Hillary Clinton famously claimed that after she left the White House that the Clintons were “dead broke” and in “debt.” Seems like Clintons have gone from broke to super rich over the past 14 years.
According to Bloomberg, “Former President Bill Clinton had one reaction when asked if he would continue to collect fees on the order of $500,000 for speeches during his wife’s presidential bid: ‘Oh, yeah. I gotta pay our bills.’” The story cites a Washington Post analysis that Bill Clinton has made $104.9 million since they were “dead broke” and left the White House in 2001.
Hillary has been no slouch; she has used her government job as former Secretary of State to enrich herself to the tune of $5 million in speaking fees and $14 million advance on a book that not many people read.
These numbers does not include the millions in Clinton slush funds, also known as the Clinton Foundation, used to reward Hillary’s presidential supporters. According to Fox News, “the Clintons [Bill and Chelsea, currently on a nine-day tour of Africa] have brought along 20 close allies, including donors who have given hundreds of thousands of dollars — and in some cases millions of dollars — to family foundation entities. There also are major Hillary Clinton backers who put their money and reputation behind her effort to win the presidency in 2008 and are expected to support her again in 2016.” And there is so much more.
Seems like there are two Americas: The Clintons and the rest of us.