Clintons Reveal Up to $26M in Additional Speaking Fees

Money came from corporations, universities, foreign governments
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2015 11:33 AM CDT
Clintons Reveal Up to $26M in Additional Speaking Fees
The Clintons in a 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

We already knew the Clintons made big money making speeches, but it turns out they made more than has been previously disclosed. The Clinton Foundation has for the first time published a comprehensive list of speech fees brought into the foundation by Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea since 2002, reports the Wall Street Journal. The list shows that the trio made up to $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments for 97 speeches in that span to "major corporations, universities, foreign sources, and other groups," reports the Washington Post. The former president did most of them, 72, while Hillary did 16, and Chelsea nine. CNN pulls out some notable details: "Bill Clinton spoke to Thailand's Ministry of Energy, China Real Estate Development Group, Ltd, and Qatar First Investment Bank; Hillary Clinton spoke to Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase, among others."

The foundation has been under scrutiny over allegations that it failed to abide by a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal donors, an agreement put in place to make sure no conflicts of interests arose for Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Foundation officials say the newly disclosed fees had been counted as revenue, not donations, and thus hadn't been part of previous public listings. Conservatives aren't sympathetic: "Hey, it happens," snarks a post at the Hot Air website. "A few coins slip out of the pocket and into the sofa, a check or two gets left on the desk … or a few million reported as revenue turn out to be undeclared foreign and corporate donations." (More Clinton Foundation stories.)

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