Bill Clinton, The Six Million Dollar (Foreign) Man

posted at 8:50 am on January 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Right on time, the AP reports that Bill Clinton raked in almost six million dollars in speaking fees from foreign sources — just in 2008.  By “right on time”, of course, I mean far too late to do anything about some obvious conflicts of interest this presents for Hillary Clinton as the now-confirmed Secretary of State.  For instance, the government of Kuwait paid the former president over a third of a million dollars for a single appearance through its national bank (via Instapundit):

Former President Bill Clinton earned nearly $6 million in speaking fees last year, almost all of it from foreign companies, according to financial documents filed by his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that $4.6 million of the former president’s reported $5.7 million in 2008 honoraria came from foreign sources, including Kuwait’s national bank, other firms and groups in Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Portugal and a Hong Kong-based company that spent $100,000 on federal lobbying last year.

Executives at many of the firms that paid honoraria to Bill Clinton have also donated large amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation, according to documents it released last year as part of an agreement with Congress on Hillary Clinton’s nomination as secretary of state. That agreement was aimed at preventing the appearance of any conflict of interest between the ex-president’s charitable organization and his wife’s new job as the United States’ top diplomat.

Perhaps the Senate should have taken its time in perusing the qualifications of Hillary before leaping to a confirmation vote.  Unfortunately, Republicans got scolded by John McCain and Orrin Hatch on the need for bipartisanship on confirmations instead of the need to vet candidates thoroughly.  Now we have a Secretary of State whose family earned a fortune from speaking engagements around the world and took payments from at least one government last year.

I wonder how many more checks the Clintons got from nationalized banks and industries abroad over the last few years?  Wouldn’t that be something we should know about the chief diplomat of the US?


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Nothing to see here folks, move along.

rightside on January 28, 2009 at 8:57 AM

No. We do not need to know anything. The Most Merciful Barack Obama and the all-knowing Democratic Party Leaders know what is best for us. We need to trust them implicitly in everything they say and do. They have the best interst of the Proletariat at heart.
/sarc off

kingsjester on January 28, 2009 at 8:59 AM

The Great Stainmaker at it again.

blatantblue on January 28, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Uh hoh man….Him and Hillary are going to cash in like bandits on her new job.Why must we pretend that Bill won’t be selling the ear of his wife or the ear of Barack Obama now…?
Before Barack’s first term is over he will sell Alaska back to the Russians.

NeoKong on January 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM

The documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that $4.6 million of the former president’s reported $5.7 million in 2008 honoraria came from foreign sources, including Kuwait’s national bank, other firms and groups in Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Portugal and a Hong Kong-based company that spent $100,000 on federal lobbying last year.

Wanna bet every one of these country’s have brothels?

Rovin on January 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

The Great Stainmaker at it again

That was funny!
Thnx for the lol.
America has been taken w/out a shot being fired.

Jed1899 on January 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Now that’s all we need. A bionic Bill Clinton.

Bigfoot on January 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

if Bubba got that much, how much more will the Messiah get in speaking fees when he’s out of office?

jgapinoy on January 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

I’m getting a little tired of all these sh*t sandwiches the Obama administration has served up.

anniekc on January 28, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Where can I get gigs like that?

Tim Burton on January 28, 2009 at 9:14 AM

You should cut hay when the sun is shining. And Bill likes lots and lots of hay.

Mr. Joe on January 28, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Bizarro World .

trailortrash on January 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM

just saw the link on drudge about Russia praising Obama, playing right to our Useful Idiots.

jp on January 28, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Un-freakin-believable.

becki51758 on January 28, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Bill Clinton is a whore in more ways than one

jp on January 28, 2009 at 9:52 AM

And then they wonder why no one trusts Washington…

Lets see…

Tax cheat in charge of the IRS…

Sec of State in defacto pay of foreigners… (community property ya know, you pay Bill, you pay her as well).

CIA director who was part of the failure which led to the War on Terror in the first place.

Openly Socialist person in charge of Environment…

Wow… I could continue, but I’m getting to dang mad thinking about it…

Romeo13 on January 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Don’t worry. They have a deeply conservative Muslim on staff to handle the complicated deals with Islam.

BL@KBIRD on January 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM

And then they wonder why no one trusts Washington…

Lets see…

Romeo13 on January 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Well, thanks for that – It all seems so absurd!

juanito on January 28, 2009 at 10:21 AM

hey, he’s a Democrat, he can do whatever the hell he pleases. Sickening.

kirkill on January 28, 2009 at 10:47 AM

The man betrayed his wife, lied to the American people and lied under oath, but he’d never sell out his country. What kind of man do you think he is?

29Victor on January 28, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I love the Big Dawg and I am glad he is making a good living, my family did very well during the Clinton years

you think you didnt like Big Dawg? HA HA HA!! Arent you getting areal view of what a real socialist looks like yet with Obama? and hey Dubyah spent like a drunken sailor too, Big dawg balanced our frakin budget peeps

now how bout we stop the CDS crap and burn up the phones to get the GOP and any Dems with a soul to vote against this Pork Laden POS so that when the economy continues to tank and we have to raise taxes the Obama DEMS and RINOs can take the blame they richly deserve and be voted out!!

ginaswo on January 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

if Bubba got that much, how much more will the Messiah get in speaking fees when he’s out of office?

jgapinoy on January 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Does the Pope carry a wallet? Does the Dali Lama have a coin purse tucked away under his robe?

He won’t need money….everything will simply be provided.

You also pre-suppose he’s going someplace.

moxie_neanderthal on January 28, 2009 at 11:20 AM

For instance, the government of Kuwait paid the former president over a third of a million dollars for a single appearance through its national bank.

This is why we never manage to achieve energy independence. The out of office pols wouldn’t be able to cash in the gravy train of “speaking fees” and investments. Both parties are guilty!

PattyJ on January 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

The definition of honoraria from WordWeb (a good free program): A fee paid for a nominally free service

To mark the distance from a nominally free service shouldn’t we rightly use speaking fee instead when describing Clinton’s activities?

thegreatbeast on January 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

What possible conflicts of interest could exist in the new O’Bummer government? Maybe we could get Illinois’ Governor Blagovitch to take the new Federal Department of Ethics and Civility post–he would fit right in.
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rocketman on January 28, 2009 at 12:11 PM

The worst part of it is that Clinton is boring. He takes their money and then spends an hour saying nothing but “dig me.” I saw him speak two years ago and was bored out of my mind. Couldn’t tell you 5 words he actually said.

rockmom on January 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Like the muslims emulate mohammed
Liberals emulate Bill clinton

Thats why they are so completly corrupt lying and insane
I am just waiting for airplanes to start crashing again..

jcila on January 28, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Before Barack’s first term is over he will sell Alaska back to the Russians.

NeoKong on January 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM

That is Obama’s way of disqualifying Sarah for 2012.

Badger40 on January 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Hillary: ahhh say there Sheikh Sabah ole buddy hows about some Wahhabist reform?

Sheikh Sabah: ahhh…no, we like our Wahhabi just like they are and by the way be so polite as to kiss my…on the way out.

paid honoraria to Bill Clinton

I thought that was a STD you got from Bill.

Speakup on January 28, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I would wager that foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation exceed his speaking fees. How’s the expense account?

danking70 on January 28, 2009 at 4:35 PM