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There Are Major Ethics Concerns With Bill Clinton’s Paid Speeches

- January 17, 2016

Bill Clinton Joins The Campaign Trail As Ethical Red Flags Were Raised In A New Report On Conflicts Of Interests With His Paid Speeches While Hillary Was Secretary Of State

Bill Clinton Was Paid $8 Million For Speeches Given To Companies, Groups And A Foreign Government "Around The Time They Also Had Matters Before Mrs. Clinton's State Department." " At Hillary Clinton's confirmation hearing for secretary of state, she promised she would take 'extraordinary steps…to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.' Later, more than two dozen companies and groups and one foreign government paid former President Bill Clinton a total of more than $8 million to give speeches around the time they also had matters before Mrs. Clinton's State Department, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis." (James Grimaldi And Rebecca Ballhaus, "Speaking Fees Meet Politics For Clintons," The Wall Street Journal, 12/30/15)

  • Fifteen Of These Companies Also Donated Between $5 And $15 Million To The Clinton Foundation. " Fifteen of them also donated a total of between $5 million and $15 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the family's charity, according to foundation disclosures." (James Grimaldi And Rebecca Ballhaus, "Speaking Fees Meet Politics For Clintons," The Wall Street Journal, 12/30/15)

Several Times Those Who Paid Bill Clinton In Speaking Fees Benefitted From The Actions Of The State Department. "In several instances, State Department actions benefited those that paid Mr. Clinton. The Journal found no evidence that speaking fees were paid to the former president in exchange for any action by Mrs. Clinton, now the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination." (James Grimaldi And Rebecca Ballhaus, "Speaking Fees Meet Politics For Clintons," The Wall Street Journal, 12/30/15)

Bill Clinton Has Refused To Say He Will Stop Doing Paid Speeches If His Wife Becomes President, Claiming "I Gotta Pay Our Bills."

Bill Clinton Has Not Made Clear "Whether He Would Abandon The Paid-Speaking Circuit If His Wife Becomes President." "Mr. Clinton has given mixed signals about whether he would abandon the paid-speaking circuit if his wife becomes president. Asked by NBC in May if he would remain on the speech circuit while his wife was running for president, Mr. Clinton responded, 'Oh, yeah. I gotta pay our bills.' In June, Bloomberg TV asked Mr. Clinton if he would still give paid speeches if Mrs. Clinton gained the White House. 'I don't think so,' he replied, saying he didn't want to make news that detracted from the presidency. Then he added: 'I will still give speeches, though, on the subjects I'm interested in.' A spokesman for Mr. Clinton, asked to clarify, pointed to the former president's previous statements." (James Grimaldi And Rebecca Ballhaus, "Speaking Fees Meet Politics For Clintons," The Wall Street Journal, 12/30/15)

In May 2015, Bill Clinton Said He Will Continue To Give Paid Speeches, Saying, "I Gotta Pay Our Bills." MCFADDEN: "Regular working Americans look and say '$500,000 for a speech'?" CLINTON: "Why shouldn't every -- It's the most independence I can get. It's -- I don't -- If I had a business relationship with somebody, they would have a target on their back from the day they did business with me until the end. Any kind of disclosure is a target. But it looks bad, there's no facts, of course, but it looks bad. Me, I work hard on this. I spend a couple hours a day just doing the research. People like to hear me speak. And I have turned down a lot of them. If I think there's something wrong with it, I don't take it. And I do disclose who gave them to me. So people can make up their own minds." MCFADDEN: "So she's now running for President. Will you continue to give speeches? CLINTON: "Oh, yeah. I gotta pay our bills." (NBC "Today," 5/4/15)


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