According to financial disclosure forms filed with federal election officials on Friday, Hillary and Bill Clinton have earned over $30 million in the last sixteen months. The New York Times reports that the money largely came from giving speeches to corporations and banks. That amount officially makes Clinton one of the wealthiest contenders in the 2016 presidential election.
It’s not particularly surprising that the Clintons are rolling in cash, but the New York Times predicts that her wealth—indicative of her ties to the banking industry—will be a continued subject of political attacks.
A major dimension of Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy is expected to be policy proposals to narrow the gap between the rich and poor and to address stagnant wages. Yet she is far from those problems; while she said she and President Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House in early 2001, they are now part of the American elite.
The report makes clear that Mrs. Clinton, since leaving the State Department, has joined the family speechmaking business with gusto. But the former president can still command higher fees than his wife, collecting about an average of about $250,000 per speech to $235,000 for Mrs. Clinton.
While it’s not exactly breaking news that a presidential candidate is incredibly wealthy, the news in the midst of questions surrounding foreign donations received by the Clinton Foundation. Oh well, would still rather hear about the Clintons questionable finances than ever hear about Benghazi again.
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