Special to WorldTribune.com
Life for a one percenter in a presidential campaign … it’s just – hard.
Hillary Clinton – net worth between $11 million and $52 million – who flies private jets to campaign stops and hasn’t driven a car since 1996, is paying herself $250,000 a year out of her campaign war chest.
Maybe she figured it was a good idea to pull down a salary just to look more like us commoners.
“She’s no longer the cash-poor Arkansas first lady who in 1978 turned a $10,000 investment in cattle futures into a fast $100,000. Nor even the ‘dead broke’ Hillary of 2001,” the New York Post said in a March 6 editorial.
After crying poverty upon leaving the White House, the former first lady netted a cool $8 million for her autobiography “Living History.” Bill Clinton got $15 million for his book deal and, according to CNN, the duo pulled in $150 million in speaking fees over the last 15 years.
“Don’t protest that most of those fees went to charity: That charity is the Clinton Foundation — which the family controls, which employs their key staff between campaigns and which covers the cost of their private-jet trips and other extravagances,” the Post editorial said.
“Which brings us to why we call her ‘pathological’: She keeps taking the money even though she can’t conceivably need it — and it’s bound to look horrible.
“As in those speeches to Goldman Sachs and other big banks that earned her nearly $2 million over the last four years. The ones that Bernie Sanders is now using to rake her over the coals.
What was she thinking? Why not just pass on the cash — or even skip the speeches altogether? Why does she still feel the need to draw a fat salary from her campaign?,” the Post opined.