Apparently having Clinton as your last name is a very lucrative job. And if you’re former President Bill Clinton, you might even have people arguing over how to make you more money.
WikiLeaks released a revealing email on Wednesday, written by Doug Band of Teneo Consulting. In the November 2011 email, Band highlights his role as a partner at Teneo, a company that includes as clients some of the largest companies in the world.
Here’s what Band wrote:
Throughout the past almost 11 years since President Clinton left office, I have sought to leverage my activities, including my partner role at Teneo, to support and raise funds for the Foundation.
Band bragged that he and Clinton aide Justin Cooper worked to arrange advisory roles for Clinton that “yielded more than $30 million for him personally, with $66 million to be paid out over the next nine years should he choose to continue with the current engagements.”
Band also bragged about organizing “$20 million in speeches for the President.” The former president’s speaking engagements and high fees are nothing new. But the memo outlines how Teneo staff organized speaking engagements and other roles for Clinton both within giant Wall Street firms such as UBS and Barclays, as well as with other countries. Fox News quoted one email in particular from Ami Desai which read, “[QATAR] would like to see WJC ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011.”
The Los Angeles Times describes Band’s role as a “mingling of lucrative business deals and charity work of the Clinton Foundation.” Among the noteworthy deals that Band claims he acquired for Clinton was an “honorary chancellor” position at Laureate International University which garnered Clinton more than $17 million.
Band admits in the memo that he would push clients into donating millions to the Clinton Foundation and to arrange additional business deals for President Clinton. Band reportedly wrote the email to justify his role amid criticism from some in the Clinton camp, most notably Chelsea Clinton. Band responded to that criticism in party by calling Chelsea Clinton a “spoiled brat.”
Fox News interviewed Peter Schweizer, senior editor at large with Breitbart news and author of “Clinton Cash” about these immense payouts. Schweizer further asserted that there is a gap between the public disclosure of the gifts the Clinton Foundation has received compared with what we are learning from these emails. Schweizer contended that WikiLeaks has said they’ve only released about 20 percent of their emails and “they’re saving the best for last.” No evidence has been provided from the Clinton camp or elsewhere that contradicts any of the WikiLeaks emails.