Kathleen Willey, a Democrat activist who with her husband, Ed, founded Virginians for Clinton and helped send Bill and Hillary to the White House in 1992, is blasting Hillary Clinton’s recent claim that she and the president left the White House in 2000 dead broke.
“For her to say dead broke. … I can tell you what it is to be dead broke and owing money,” she told WND in an interview.
Hillary Clinton, who has walked back her claim, told ABC’s Diane Sawyer she and her husband “came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt.”
“We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for the houses, for Chelsea’s education,” she said. ‘You know, it was not easy.”
The Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary, however, pointed out that since the Clintons left the White House, they have been paid more than $100 million over 14 years. And when they left the White House, not only was Bill Clinton guaranteed a vast pension, but Hillary Clinton was not far away from a salary as U.S. senator. The houses Hillary Clinton mentioned were multi-million dollar mansions.
“Don’t you hate it when wealthy folks cry poor?” Singletary wrote.
Willey goes way back with the Clintons. While serving as a volunteer in the White House and facing financial hard times, she says she met with Bill Clinton in the Oval Office to request a paying position. But instead of getting help, she says, she was subjected to “nothing short of serious sexual harassment.”
Distraught, Willey fled Clinton’s presence, only to discover that her husband had committed suicide that same afternoon.
Later, she was drawn “unwillingly” into the Paula Jones lawsuit, the Ken Starr investigation and impeachment proceedings.
Willey wrote about her experiences with Bill Clinton’s sex addiction and Hillary Clinton’s revenge in the book “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill & Hillary Clinton.”
Willey wrote “Target” when Hillary Clinton was running for president the first time in 2007, and her comments today are all the more relevant now that Clinton is considering a 2016 presidential bid.
Willey said she’s a fighter, but her financial standing has been precarious several times, including a years-long fight against foreclosure.
“People don’t understand,” she told WND. “He’s going to get his salary … for the rest of his life.”
She noted the Clintons have Secret Service protection, so they don’t have the same transportation costs as others. They also have always had wealthy supporters who could help if they had a need.
On top of all that are the high fees, sometimes into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Clintons are paid for speaking engagements.
In contrast, there are people who “wake every morning wondering, is this gonna be the day I lose my house,” she said.
Fox News reported that the year the Clintons left the White House and were “dead broke” they actually earned nearly $12 million.
The report said the Clintons technically were in debt when they left the White House, with liabilities between $2.3 million and $10.6 million and assets between $781,000 and almost $1.8 million. The liabilities were mostly legal expenses for the defense of Bill Clinton over the various scandals he triggered while in office.
Hillary Clinton entered the Senate and began earning a $145,000 salary when they left the White House, and her husband’s pension was more than $150,000, Fox News said.
Within a year, their assets were listed at between $6 million and $30 million. Liabilities were between $1.3 million and $5.6 million.
Hillary Clinton’s “dead broke” complaint prompted many to echo Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who said, “I think she’s been out of touch with average people for a long time.”
Hillary Clinton also had a book deal worth approximately $8 million when the Clintons left the White House.