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No ‘Artful Smear.’ Clintons Paid $153 Million in Speaking Fees, Analysis Shows

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the speaking fees paid to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and an analysis published Saturday sheds some light on exactly how much Wall Street and other major corporate powers ponied up for the former Secretary of State and her husband, President Bill Clinton.

$153 million, CNN concludes, is the amount the power couple raked in between February 2001 and the launch of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid in May 2015. What’s more, the Clintons received an average pay of $210,795 for each of the 729 addresses given during that time period.

During Thursday’s Democratic debate, Clinton accused her primary challenger Bernie Sanders of an “artful smear” because of his repeated references to her exorbitant speaking fees, particularly those paid by banking giants such as Goldman Sachs.

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