WASHINGTON: Hillary and Bill Clinton have earned at least $30 million since January 2014, including more than $25 million for delivering about 100 speeches, according to a government filing.
Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has earned more than $5 million in royalties for her book, “Hard Choices,” which was published in June, according to the form.
The Clintons’ income puts them at the upper end of the top 0.1 percent of earners in the U.S. population, according to government data.
Economic inequality has emerged as an early theme with candidates of both parties vying for the White House in November 2016.
The “one percent” has become a talking point in policy discussions about the divide between rich and poor, cited by politicians to support everything from increased Wall Street oversight to raising wages to overhauling the tax code.
Clinton announced her candidacy last month by saying “everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion.”
In early campaign stops, Clinton has said how she believes the “deck is stacked” against middle class Americans and that it is time to “reshuffle the cards.”
The Clintons themselves have faced criticism for their privileged status. Last year, Hillary Clinton said they were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001, even though Bill Clinton made millions of dollars giving speeches after his presidency.