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A Summary and Critique of
Peter Schweizer’s
Clinton Cash
The Untold Story of How and Why
Foreign Governments and Businesses
Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich

by I.K. Mullins

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One of the objectives of this book is to help people, who wish to read Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich in the future, get a better idea of what his book is about. This book is also intended for people who have read Schweizer’s book and want to reflect on what they have learned, review other credible facts and findings that support or contrast with the ideas and facts from Schweizer’s book.

Here is what this book does for you:

  • It outlines the important ideas and facts from Schweizer’s Clinton Cash and presents their summary in an orderly and clear manner.
  • This book provides facts and findings that are related to the ideas and facts presented in Schweizer’s book, even though they are not included in his book. These facts and findings give you a bigger picture of the topics and issues discussed in Clinton Cash.
  • This book provides a critique of Schweizer’s Clinton Cash and its impact.
  • This book provides a list of additional, carefully researched resources, such as books, periodical papers and free online resources that are directly related to the topics discussed in Schweizer’s Clinton Cash.


About Peter Schweizer

Peter Schweizer is a political consultant and the author of a few books, including Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes and Line Their Own Pockets, and Architects of Ruin. In his books, Schweizer exposes political wrongdoing.

Schweizer is the founder and president of the Government Accountability Institute, which brings together journalists and researchers to investigate governmental wrongdoing and corruption. He is also a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative California-based think tank, and a senior editor for, a conservative news and opinion website.

From 2008 to 2009, Schweizer worked as a speech writing consultant for President George W. Bush. In March 2009, Schweizer and Marc Thiessen, another White House speechwriter, started Oval Office Writers, LLC. Sarah Palin was one of his clients, who received his advice on foreign policy.

Schweizer’s newest book, Clinton Cash, is published by HarperCollins, which is owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.


About Bill and Hillary Clinton

William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He is believed to be the wealthiest living former president and one of the ten wealthiest presidents in the history of the U.S.

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as President Barack Hussein Obama’s Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. Prior to that, she was elected to the Senate twice from New York. In her first presidential campaign, Clinton finished second to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.

In 2001, when Bill Clinton left the White House, he founded the William J. Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton officially joined the Clinton Foundation in 2013 after she left the U.S. State Department. The Foundation has been called the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation since 2013. It is officially described as a non-profit organization with the stated mission to “strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” Located in New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas, the Foundation works with individuals, organizations, corporations, and governments.

Before Hillary Clinton assumed her post as Secretary of State, she was required by the White House to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that was supposed to address concerns about any foreign influence that could arise from speaking fees and donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Memorandum of Understanding was designed to set limits on the activities of the Clinton Foundation. For example, in order to avoid conflicts of interest, the Memorandum of Understanding required that the Clinton Foundation would publicly disclose all its contributors.

Rosalind Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Steven Rich report in their article, “Clintons’ foundation has raised nearly $2 billion — and some key questions”, published in The Washington Post on February 18, 2015, that the Clinton Foundation has raised almost 2 billion dollars since its creation in 2001. The money came from foreign governments, political donors, corporate figures, and other wealthy entities.

According to some estimates, the combined net worth of Bill and Hillary Clinton is between 100 million and 200 million dollars. As Hillary Clinton entered her second presidential campaign in 2015, her personal finances and those of the Clinton Foundation have been questioned and investigated by news media, journalists and writers. Schweizer’s book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, represents one such investigative effort.


A Brief Overview of Schweizer’s Clinton Cash

In his book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, Peter Schweizer writes that Bill and Hillary Clinton have earned about 136 million dollars since the year 2000. Schweizer’s book investigates the sources of the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons’ personal wealth, as well as the connections between the Clintons’ personal fortune, the Clinton Foundation, businesses, and foreign governments.

In his book, Schweizer further alleges that during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, was earning six-figure fees on his overseas speeches and the Clinton Foundation was accepting donations from foreign entities in exchange for favors and special dealings. To support his argument, Schweizer describes a pattern of financial transactions that involved the Clintons and took place concurrently with U.S. policy decisions, benefiting those who provided the funds to Clintons and the Clinton Foundation.

Schweizer refers to the official records, according to which about half of the 105 million dollars that Bill Clinton collected from speeches in the course of 12 years came during Hillary Clinton’s four-year tenure at the State Department. Schweizer also questions foreign money that was flowing into the Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and the actions she took in her official capacity at that time.

Schweizer writes about the Clinton’s dealings in Kazakhstan, Colombia, Haiti, and other countries where it is customary to conduct business using bribes, kickbacks, and personal connections. Schweizer does not directly allege illegal or unethical behavior, but he describes the facts he has researched and gathered, raising questions about judgment, possible obligation to some foreign interests, and suitability for a high position in the U.S. government.


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