Behind a Bill Clinton speaking engagement: A $1,400 hotel phone bill and $700 dinner for two

Clinton changed the rules of political speech-making for cash. He would push not just corporate hosts but also nonprofits and universities to pay fees well beyond what they were accustomed to. His aides would turn what had been a freewheeling format into tightly scripted events where every question from the audience was screened. He and Hillary Clinton would become so skilled at churning profits out of their lectures that they would net more than $150 million from speaking alone after he left the White House.

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Goldman Sachs Executive helped Bill Clinton write his state of the union address

Oh man. Goldman Sachs is just a full service firm I guess. And I mean full service. Private Banking. Venture capital. Global economic manip…er…I mean analysis. And hey, speech writing too.

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Washington Post: Inside the Clinton Donor Network

OK future Washington hacks – Dem, GOP and otherwise, this is how you do it. Actually, it’s probably best that you skip this article now that I think about it.

The rest of our readers however, the ones who are actually sane, who would never willingly spend their lives in a blind quest for power, should read this article. Bill and Hillary have raised $3 billion in their careers. That’s a hell of a lot of money and it all came from people who wanted something.

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Bill Clinton tried to line up a speech for big money in NORTH KOREA while Hillary was Secretary of State?

It didn’t happen. Looks like someone figured out it might not look so good.

Perhaps Bill was getting the lay of the land for Dennis Rodman’s later trip to the hermit people’s republic.

In fairness Pyongyang in the spring is lovely we hear.*

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Daily Mail: Clintons’ charities got £50million of British aid cash: UK government accused of trying to buy influence with US power family

Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money has been siphoned through charities linked to Hillary Clinton, it emerged last night.

British politicians – including Gordon Brown – stand accused of diverting huge amounts of cash through the organisations after falling under the spell of the US presidential candidate and her husband Bill.

At least £50 million of taxpayer-funded foreign aid money has gone to Clinton charities, which are at the centre of allegations in the US that foreign governments used donations to buy influence.

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Bill Clinton on donor flap: ‘No one has ever asked me for anything’

“See it’s cool. Nobody said, so hey Bill if I give your foundation $25 million will you help me out? No one explicitly ever said those exact words to me. I promise. You can trust me. Have I ever lied to the American public? I mean, we were DEAD BROKE coming out of the White House and we needed to raise some scratch somehow.

“Plus, private jets are really expensive.”

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National Review Reports: Hillary’s brother and the family business

From the moment the Clintons walked through the White House doors in January of 1993, Rodham has proven remarkably adept at harnessing their political horsepower for his personal gain. His schemes don’t always pan out, and they have caused numerous headaches for Hillary and Bill. But Rodham’s fortunes have always been tied to theirs, his bank account waxing and waning in time with the Clintons’ political prospects. He may lack their sophistication, but to many observers, Tony is the unvarnished embodiment of the Clintons’ decades-long dance with crony capitalism.

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