Bill's Bills Cost US a Record $8M

Clinton costs twice as much as Carter
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 4:37 AM CDT
Bill and Hillary Clinton at a fund raiser. They have earned $100M since he left office, leading some to question $8M worth of publicly funded perks.    (AP Photo/Andrew Theodorakis, Pool)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton is costing taxpayers significantly more in publicly funded perks than the two other surviving former presidents, reports Politico. From 2001 through the end of this year, $8 million will be spent on Bill Clinton, compared with $5.5 million for George H. W. Bush and $4 million for Jimmy Carter during the same period. A big chunk goes to lifelong secret service protection, pension, staff and travel expenses.

Clinton has earned more than $100 million since leaving office, causing some to question his reliance on the taxpayer for $420,000 in phone bills and $3.2 million in office rent. “The benefits taxpayers shell out for their care and feeding just don’t make sense anymore,” said a spokesman for the National Taxpayers Union.