CLINTON: “Let me shoot straight with you, Jeb, OK? Bill and I are dead broke and need a place to stay. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is calling me home. I’ve still got the back door key. Being president offers a lot more job security than writing another memoir.”
Thanks Roy. As Always, appreciate your thoughts. She got herself into the money conversation unfortunately with Diane Sawyer (dead broke) and then again with the Gaurdian (not truly well off) but she fixed it as best as she could with PBS/Gwen Ifill (not about me but about people who have real struggles). See news below:
For the past several summers, Bill and Hillary Clinton have done what New York City’s moneyed residents have done for decades: They spent their vacation amid the prime beachside real estate of Long Island. In 2011 and 2012, there was the eight-bedroom, 12,000-square-foot East Hampton rental with a heated pool that the couple took for part of August, the kind of house that typically goes for $200,000 per month, according to local real estate listings. Then, in 2013, they opted for an equally pricey six-bedroom mansion in Sagaponack with a private pathway to the beach. (Mrs. Clinton worked on her memoir, “Hard Choices,” from a sunny office with an ocean view.) Last year, when speculation about Mrs. Clinton’s presidential run reached a fever pitch, the former first couple chose the comparatively lower-key town of Amagansett, just up Montauk Highway from the lobster shacks and fishermen at the end of Long Island. The seven-bedroom bluffside estate with sweeping views of Gardiners Bay, the kind of house in that area that rents for $100,000 for the month of August, was next door to the home of the Clinton friend and donor Harvey Weinstein. In the more than 20 years that the Clintons have been in the public eye, much of that time on one campaign trail or another, the couple’s choice of vacations spots has been well chronicled and exhaustively debated, going back to the first presidential summer, at the moneyed enclave of Martha’s Vineyard. 1993 On his first extended vacation as president, Bill Clinton chose Vail, Colo., where he golfed twice with former President Gerald R. Ford, jogged, entertained friends with a sax rendition of “My Funny Valentine” and attended an outdoor performance of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. That same summer, the Clinton family also spent time on Martha’s Vineyard, coaxed there by his friend Vernon E. Jordan Jr. 1995 Nicknamed the “vacationer in chief,” Mr. Clinton and family chose horseback riding and hiking in Jackson, Wyo. By then the Clintons were a mainstay on Martha’s Vineyard, where they went that fall to attend the wedding of their friends Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. 1998 At the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Clinton family retreated to a 12-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is a family that has some healing to do,” Mike McCurry, the White House press secretary, said as they boarded Air Force One to the island. 1999 With Hillary Clinton expected to run for the United States Senate in New York, the Clintons spent a weekend in the Hamptons and five days in the low-key Finger Lakes region, in the previously little-known village of in Skaneateles, N.Y. They also returned to Martha’s Vineyard. 2000s The Clintons keep the Vineyard in the mix but also become fixtures in the Hamptons, with Mr. Clinton raising money for his philanthropic foundation there and Mrs. Clinton finding a welcome vacation from her Senate work. During the heated 2008 Democratic presidential primary, Mrs. Clinton found some of her most devoted backers behind the hedges of their Hamptons estates. 2011-12 The Clintons spend two summer vacations in the East Hampton, N.Y., home of the developer Elie Hirschfeld, which they rented for prime late-August days. The oceanfront house has a large heated pool, eight bedrooms and 12,000 square feet of space where the Clintons’ extended family could stay. They did not continue to rent the home after the expenses associated with it ate up the bulk of their security deposit, according to several people with knowledge of the transaction. 2013 With the grueling travel of the State Department behind her and a book to write, Mrs. Clinton and husband relaxed in a rented $11 million house on 3.5 acres of prime real estate in Sagaponack, N.Y., with six bedrooms, four fireplaces, ocean views and a private path to the beach. 2014 Mrs. Clinton stopped at a bookstore in East Hampton to sign copies of her latest memoir, “Hard Choices,” but she chose to vacation slightly farther east in the comparatively laid-back town of Amagansett. But the Clintons’ go-to vacation spot for the last several summers now seems problematic, as Mrs. Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, delivers a populist economic message that the deck is stacked in favor of the wealthiest Americans and that she plans to “reshuffle the cards.” Thus, it may not be ideal for Mr. and Mrs. Clinton to be photographed mingling at summer cocktail parties with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Steven Spielberg and other wealthy Hamptons regulars. The Clintons looked into renting another home in the Hamptons, but they have hesitated to sign a lease, said several real estate agents in the Hamptons, who could discuss the Clintons only on condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing their client list. Campaign aides have said Mrs. Clinton will take a vacation in August, but they declined to comment on the specifics of when or where. Whether they rent there or not, the couple are expected to spend much of their vacation on the shores of Long Island, where their circle of New York friends and donors own luxe houses. The Clintons will also spend at least one weekend in their old vacation haunt of Martha’s Vineyard, likely alongside President and Michelle Obama, to celebrate the 80th birthday of their friend Vernon E. Jordan Jr. (Mr. Jordan and other friends lured Mr. Clinton to the island in the early years of his presidency, and it quickly trumped his previous leisure spot in Arkansas. A White House spokesman said it was too early to confirm Mr. Obama’s August plans.)
As first lady and as secretary of state, Clinton traveled mostly on government-owned planes, including Air Force One and a Boeing 757 used by the nation’s top diplomat. With few exceptions, they weren’t available to her when she was a senator from 2001 through early 2009 or on the paid-lecture circuit after she left the State Department in February 2013. After her tour as the nation’s top diplomat, Clinton required groups to pay for private air travel when they booked her to speak. And fellow Democrats paid $1.5 million from political accounts to fly Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to campaign events in the 2014 election cycle, according to Politico. Clinton Donor The bulk of Clinton’s Senate flights were chartered through Aircraft Services Group Inc., which boasts two Gulstream IV jets and a 16-seat Embraer Legacy among its managed fleet. The president and chief executive officer of Aircraft Services Group, George Reenstra, donated $500 apiece to Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns in 2006 and 2007, according to Federal Election Commission records. Clinton charged taxpayers $14,801.86 for 11 privately chartered trips she took between the time she announced her first presidential bid in early 2007 through the end of the Democratic primary in June 2008. In each case, she flew between Washington and New York or between cities within her home state. The issue isn’t so much whether Clinton added to government spending, said Steve Ellis, vice president at the Washington nonprofit Taxpayers for Common Sense. The money came out of her Senate office budget, which is a fixed sum. Rather, Ellis said, it’s a question of how her use of that budget reflects on the way she would allocate the larger federal spending pie. “It’s important to see where lawmakers think they should be spending their resources,” he said. Clinton took taxpayer-funded private jet flights as senator (Hill) By Peter Sullivan January 29, 2015 The Hill Hillary Clinton took more than 200 flights on private jets that were charged to taxpayers as a senator, Bloomberg reports, further opening the former secretary of State to attacks that she is wealthy and out of touch. The flights racked up $225,756 in costs during Clinton’s time in the Senate, from 2001 to early 2009, according to Bloomberg. The charges are noted on Clinton’s official Senate filings, which were provided to Bloomberg by a Republican operative. Some of the planes used by Clinton were owned by companies including Coca-Cola and Citigroup, according to the report. Bloomberg found no evidence that Clinton had violated ethics rules; senators frequently use privately chartered planes for travel. USA Today reports that two-dozen senators rode on private jets to, from or around their home states for a total of almost $1 million in charges in 2013. The news, however, may help feed the Republican narrative that Clinton, expected to make a bid for the White House in 2016, is out of touch. The Republican National Committee has already labeled Clinton “High-flying Hillary” over her more recent travel expenses on her way to paid speeches. RNC spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted a link to the story on Thursday along with the question, “Out of touch?” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill defended the travel to Bloomberg as a mark of Clinton’s hard work ethic, traveling around the state to visit constituents. “As a cornerstone of her tireless work on behalf of New York, she constantly crisscrossed the state to meet with the people she represented,” Merrill said. “As anyone in the Senate representing a large state knows — and as reported down to the penny in public filings — that means going to hard-to-reach places, not just those conveniently located near major airports.” “She did whatever it took to get to where the people of New York actually lived and worked,” he added. “Based on her resounding re-election, that’s exactly what her constituents expected of her.” In the 2012 campaign, Democrats were able to portray as out of touch then-nominee Mitt Romney, who is considering running again. Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton ‘probably not’ bold enough for 2016 (WAPO) By Sean Sullivan January 29, 2015 Washington Post Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a potential candidate for president, on Thursday expressed little faith that Hillary Clinton would be an acceptable standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential election. “Based on her history, do I think she is going to be as bold as needs to be in addressing the major crises that we face? Probably not.