Thursday April 12 1:02 PM ET
New Black Panther Party Plans Anti-Clinton Protest
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of black activists plans to protest former President Bill Clinton's decision to open offices in New York's historic neighborhood of Harlem, calling it part of ``the white takeover of black Harlem.''
Clinton has long been popular among black voters, and many local politicians and residents warmly welcomed the news he would be part of the neighborhood. But the New Black Panther Party views his presence differently.
``Our objections are about gentrification, the white takeover of black Harlem,'' said party spokesman and campaign organizer Malik Zulu Shabazz, referring to the recent business development of Harlem, particularly historic 125th Street.
``Poor blacks and black businesses are being pushed out of Harlem in favor of elite whites ... Bill Clinton is a perfect symbol of the reality of the white takeover. He is opening the floodgates now for complete gentrification of Harlem,'' Shabazz said.
The campaign, starting Friday with a demonstration outside Clinton's new office and a community meeting, is in the name of the group's late former leader Khalid Abdul Muhammad, Shabazz said. Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam official known for venomous attacks on Jews, whites and gays, died in February from the affects of a stroke.
Clinton, after heavy criticism for choosing a high-rent Manhattan skyscraper for his post-presidential offices, turned to Harlem, where the rent was cheaper. The 14th floor of a New York City-owned office building is undergoing renovations and the two-term Democratic president who left office on Jan. 20 has yet to move in.
``There goes the neighborhood,'' said Charles Barron, a black politician who supports the New Black Panther Party, which draws on the name of the Black Panther Party militant political organization founded in the mid-1960s.
Barron was critical of some of Clinton's political positions, such as welfare reform and the death penalty, that he said harmed the black community.
``I'm not impressed with him moving to Harlem,'' he added. ''It's not who lives next door to you. It's who is committed to you and your agenda in a real sense, and I don't get that from Bill Clinton.''
By Anonymous on Saturday, June 2, 2001 - 08:36 pm:
poor clinton? he is going to be a millionaire soon.
Bill Clinton: Celebrity-In-Chief
Clinton, already the most famous man in the world, stands to earn as much as $18 million this year. The money will come from a book deal (roughly $8 million to $10 million) and speaking fees (as much as $10 million), plus any corporate board memberships he chooses to take on. In addition, Clinton has been inundated with endorsement offers, corporate job offers and teaching offers, not that he is likely to accept any, according to a source close to the ex-president.
Publishing experts say Clinton should earn an advance in the neighborhood of the $8 million Simon & Schuster paid his wife, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. It will be done ``more quietly,'' says Esther Newberg, a literary agent who also represents Don Imus. ``He can go state to state to promote the book. In towns that have never seen a president, people will get very excited.''
Despite the public misgivings by those who invited him, and Morgan Stanley's much-touted ``apology'' after-the-fact, the speaking offers have only increased. He will likely fetch $100,000 and up for domestic engagements, more if he travels overseas." **
By Anonymous on Saturday, June 9, 2001 - 03:32 pm:
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By Anonymous on Saturday, July 27, 2002 - 06:15 pm:
Clinton Got $9.2 Million as Speaker in 2001
Ex-President Believed To Command Record Fees
By Helen Dewar
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 15, 2002; Page A06
Former president Bill Clinton earned more than $9 million last year by making 59 speeches in more than a dozen countries, commanding fees that appear to set a record for lecture circuit profits.
According to a number of sources, Clinton's fees -- several at $250,000 per speech and one at $350,000 -- are exceptional, even for entertainment stars. The information was described in congressional financial disclosure forms filed yesterday by his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).
The former president's year was remarkable for the number of engagements, the fees he received and the distances he traveled to share his thoughts, according to industry sources.
"There's no question he's the highest-paid speaker in the history of the lecture industry," said Don Walker, president of the Harry Walker Agency in New York, which handles Clinton's speaking arrangements.
Canada Stefl, president of KEY Speakers Bureau Inc., in Corona del Mar, Calif., which also handles many celebrities, said few big-name speakers fetch more than $100,000 per speech. She said she knew of none who gets more than $200,000, even abroad.
Former president Ronald Reagan created a stir in 1989, the year he left office, when he received $2 million for two 20-minute speeches sponsored by a Japanese communications firm. Former president George H.W. Bush also ran into controversy when he received an undisclosed sum for a series of speeches to followers of the wife of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Unification Church.
Stefl and Walker said they could think of no celebrity whose schedule was as extensive as Clinton's 2001 speaking tour. During some periods, he made speeches virtually every day, often in different countries on consecutive days.
During four days in April, Clinton spoke in Norway, Sweden, Austria and Poland, receiving a total of more than $600,000. In August, he made three speeches on successive days to different audiences from the same Japanese corporation, followed four days later by a speech in Brazil. He netted $700,000 for the four addresses.
His biggest single take was $350,000 for a speech to an association in Milan, Italy. His smallest fee was $28,100 to speak to the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His spokeswoman, Julia Payne, said Clinton made several dozen uncompensated speeches for causes such as combating AIDS, promoting civil rights and expanding music programs in schools. She said many paid speeches were made to help raise money for charitable causes.
The average fee for Clinton's 59 paid speeches in 2001 was more than $150,000.
Most of the speeches were made to companies and business-related groups in the United States, usually at $125,000 or $150,000 each. But some fees were higher, such as the $250,000 he received for a speech to New York-based Fortune Magazine Forum.
Others who paid to hear him included Oracle Corp., the Paris Golf & Country Club, Credit Suisse First Boston Corp., the El Paso Holocaust Museum and the British Broadcasting Corp.
The total of $9.2 million appeared to be more than enough to pay off the legal fees the Clintons owe to three law firms as a result of investigations and litigation during the former president's final years in office.
The Clintons reported paying more than $1.3 million in legal fees for themselves and former staffers last year, and estimated their remaining legal debts at between $1.75 million and $6.5 million. The estimates are imprecise because the congressional annual disclosure forms use broad ranges of figures.
Former presidents usually can keep their post-White House income confidential. But former president Clinton's income had to be made public because members of Congress must report their spouses' income as well as well as their own assets and earnings.
Clinton accepted only a fraction of the speaking invitations he received, Walker said.
Hillary Clinton reported receiving $2.85 million from the $8 million advance for her memoirs, which are due out next year. The Clintons also reported a blind trust with assets of $1 million to $5 million and deposit accounts of $5 million to $25 million.
Staff researcher Lynn Davis contributed to this report.
© 2002 The Washington Post Company
By Anonymous on Saturday, July 27, 2002 - 06:19 pm:
APPARENTLY It wasn't enought to satisfy his coffers filling and BUSINESS speeches collecting for his book....
According to The Washtington Post..
Clintons File for Reimbursement of Legal Fees
Saturday, July 27, 2002; Page A09
Former president Bill Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), have asked a court to have taxpayers reimburse them for legal costs related to the Whitewater investigation, their lawyer said in a statement late yesterday.
The Clintons were paid millions of dollars last year after leaving the White House. The former president earned $9.2 million on the lecture circuit, and Hillary Clinton received a $2.85 million advance on her memoirs.
But they still have legal bills between $1.75 million and $6.5 million, according to the financial disclosure form Hillary Clinton was require to file as a member of the Senate. The Clintons paid $1.3 million in legal bills last year, according to the Senate filing.
It is unknown how much of the outstanding bills are related to the investigation into the failed Arkansas land deal. The Clintons were never charged in connection with the Whitewater deal.
In a statement, first reported by ABC News, Clinton lawyer David Kendall said he was seeking reimbursement under the independent counsel statute and was following the precedent set by former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, both Republicans.
In 1996, Reagan was awarded $562,111 in legal fees by a federal appeals court that said he had reason to think he faced "a realistic possibility" of being indicted in the Iran-contra case. Reagan had sought $777,651. The court also approved legal-fee reimbursements to Bush, Reagan's vice president, for $272,352, and for two Reagan Cabinet officers, former secretary of state George P. Shultz and former chief of staff and treasury secretary Donald T. Regan.
The independent counsel law pays legal fees for the subject of an investigation if no indictment results.
Kendall's firm is owed between $1 million and $5 million by the Clintons.
Sen. Clinton's office referred questions to Kendall, who was traveling and could not immediately be reached. A spokesman for Bill Clinton could not be reached for comment.
© 2002 The Washington Post Company
SOCK IT TO ME hardworking fool, Tax-payer slave! HONEY!
By Anonymous on Saturday, July 27, 2002 - 06:23 pm:
Panel: Clintons Took $362,000 in Gifts
Some White House Items Were Undervalued, House Investigators Maintain
By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 13, 2002; Page A04
A House investigative panel reported yesterday that former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton took with them at least $362,000 in gifts worth $260 or more when Bill Clinton left office, and asserted that the former first family may have undervalued dozens of gifts, some in a possible attempt to avoid disclosure.
Of that amount, about $63,000 was not reported on the Clintons' financial disclosure forms. The law requires that in most cases gifts valued at $260 or more be disclosed.
The information was released as part of a year-long investigation into gifts received by the Clinton White House led by Rep. Doug Ose (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on energy policy, natural resources and regulatory affairs. Ose chaired a hearing yesterday on legislation to standardize presidential gift rules.
The former president's office issued a statement denouncing the report as "blatantly partisan."
The inquiry comes a year after reports that the Clintons had plans to keep for personal use $190,000 worth of furnishings, flatware and china given as gifts over their eight years in the White House. Prompted by the outcry, they paid the donors for $86,000 worth of gifts and returned $28,000 worth of furniture.
Ose said he would refer the information his staff gathered to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation. A knowing failure to report a gift or falsification of information subject to disclosure rules is a violation of federal law that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The gifts not heretofore disclosed, according to the report, include two Lenox crystal bowls each valued at more than $25,000, and $739 worth of Liz Claiborne cosmetics. Gifts that the report suggests are undervalued include a $249 Yves Saint Laurent suit, an $800 Ferragamo coat and a $150 Tiffany silver necklace.
The former president's office countered Ose's charges of failure to disclose, saying that the Lenox bowls, for example, were gifts from Congress and that the rules specifically advise not to report anything received from relatives or the U.S. government.
Spokeswoman Julia Payne said the Clintons "followed all the rules." She said the White House used an independent professional appraiser (Hagen & Hagen, used by former presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan) or used donor or store information.
In all, the report said the Clintons took with them 14,445 gifts. The rest of the 94,178 gifts they received generally go to either Clinton's presidential library or the General Services Administration. Two percent of the gifts kept were appraised at $260 or more, in most cases requiring disclosure, according to the report.
"The total value of gifts retained by the former first family creates at least an appearance problem," Ose said. "The fact that so many gifts were undervalued raises many questions, including whether some were undervalued deliberately."
Phil Schiliro, staff director for Rep. Henry A. Waxman (Calif.), the panel's ranking Democrat, charged that the committee's GOP majority was hewing to a double standard. It has ongoing probes into the Clinton administration on campaign finance, gifts, pardons and White House e-mails but has not opened one inquiry into the Bush administration, he said.
"It's just striking that it's almost as if, for the purposes of our committee and investigations, the Clinton administration had never left office," Schiliro said. "The White House talks about ending partisan investigations, but if it's a Democratic administration, different rules apply."
The report said that at least 30 gifts were misplaced or lost, including a $1,200 Boukhara rug.
It also said the Clintons accepted 15 shares of Coca-Cola stock valued at $1,027, despite the fact that they were advised by the White House counsel not to accept 10 shares of General Electric stock.
Payne said the Coca-Cola stock was a gift to the Clintons' daughter, Chelsea, who was not a public figure and could keep it, while the GE stock was a gift to the president.
The report also said that $38,617 worth of fine flatware went to Hillary Clinton in December 2000, after she was elected to the Senate but before she took office. The Senate forbids acceptance of gifts worth more than $50. Payne said Hillary Clinton paid for those gifts.
Ose, who said he launched his inquiry to bolster the case for his legislation, denied that the Republicans acted out of partisan motives.
"This is not a witch hunt to bash the Clintons," he said at the hearing. "I introduced my bill in March of last year. . . . We have tried to collect the facts."
Several laws involving six federal offices and agencies govern the receipt, valuation and disposition of presidential gifts. Ose's bill would establish a single agency as the sole entity for keeping an inventory of all White House gifts, domestic and foreign.
Rep. Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii) urged a ban on keeping White House gifts for personal use. "All gifts ought to be considered gifts to the nation," she said.
Staff researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.
© 2002 The Washington Post Company
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By Anonymous on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 - 06:45 pm:
He's $12 million richer now ...
A Clinton Quickie
By The Prowler
Published 4/27/2004 12:08:29 AM
Bill Clinton had the opportunity to delay release of his presidential memoirs, but instead chose to release them in late June, believing it would allow him to help the Democratic Party in the November elections.
"It was portrayed as a personal and political decision on his part," says a publicity associate for Knopf, the publisher of Clinton's upcoming book. "We could have held off until after November and still made a huge push for Christmas. We could easily have had him doing advance publicity to generate sales. But he wanted it this way."
Clinton, who is said to have been paid more than $10 million for the book, is still writing it. And the book is being published on a schedule more in line with a quickie book that is designed to make money off a person's 15 minutes of fame than with a traditional, presidential memoir.
"It's going to be brutal. As far as we have been told, we aren't even halfway through a working galley for our editors," says the Knopf source. "Generally, for a book like this you like to have two or three months to really create something special. We don't have that luxury."
Clinton's decision to push the book through in late June/early July, means he will be getting almost nonstop media attention throughout the summer. While some DNC insiders claim Clinton's media presence will hurt Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, Clinton apparently thinks otherwise.
"He thinks this will allow him to speak out in support of Senator Kerry in any number of forums, from Oprah to Dateline NBC," says a former Clinton Administration staffer with knowledge of the discussions on Clinton's PR push. "And really, this election is less about Kerry and more about getting Bush and Republicans out of power. Clinton knows he can help a lot more Democrats out on the stump, pushing this book, than just Kerry."
Clinton apparently is anticipating a major role at the Democratic Convention, as he has cleared three days of publicity for the book for his presence in Boston. Otherwise, he will be spending his summer vacation crisscrossing the country, doing numerous TV shows.
According to a Kerry campaign source, intermediaries for the once and possibly future leaders of the free world discussed the release date of the book, and that Kerry's camp, while expressing concern about a pre-election release, explicitly asked only that it not be released in September or October.
By Anonymous on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 - 08:29 pm:
Clinton doesn’t give a shit! Why should he? He is a multi-millionaire now. He just got paid $10-$12 mils to write a 'ME ME ME' (& monica) autobiography.
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