Bill Clinton's Post-Presidential Perks

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Former presidents are allowed a variety of benefits, from a pension to staff salaries to office supplies. A political newspaper that analyzed Bill Clinton's ex-presidential perks found that he has spent $8 million, far more than ex-presidents Bush and Carter combined.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

We're learning more and more this week about the finances of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Just a few days ago they disclosed that they've earned more than $100 million since leaving the White House. Now a political newspaper has analyzed Bill Clinton's ex-presidential perks.

The Politico newspaper notes that former presidents are allowed a variety of benefits, from a pension to staff salaries to office supplies. And the famously active ex-president has managed to spend $8 million since leaving office in 2001. That's far more than two other ex-presidents - the first President Bush or Jimmy Carter - managed to spend in the same period.

A former spokesman says Mr. Clinton has been busy doing everything from representing the nation at funerals to battling AIDS. And maybe it's no surprise that the famously talkative ex-president also ran up phone bills totaling $420,000.

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