On Jan. 24, 2014 President Bill Clinton received the honor as the inaugural recipient of the Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award. The award is “given to that individual who represents the highest of values for which Joe DiMaggio stood.”
The irony, however, is that during his lifetime, DiMaggio, one of the greatest influences in the history of American Baseball, did everything possible to avoid being seen with Clinton and his wife, Hillary, and even rejected calls from Clinton following surgery from lung cancer.
Then how is it that Clinton was given the award in DiMaggio’s name?
The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award
Before he died in March 1999, Joe DiMaggio loaned out his name for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL located in Broward County. DiMaggio considered one of his greatest achievements not his baseball accolades, but having started the children’s hospital. Though originally from the San Francisco area, and then living in New York when he played for the Yankees, DiMaggio settled in South Florida during his later years. DiMaggio would light up when he would see children, whether it was his great-grandkids or those who were being cared for in the hospital that bears his name. Ironically, DiMaggio’s relationship with his only child, son, Joe Jr. aka “Joey” was very strained.
When DiMaggio lent his name to the children’s hospital in 1992, it was the first of its kind for children only in Broward County. The following year, the hospital foundation was created to assist with fundraising and the hospital’s cystic fibrosis center started up too. Two years later, the hospital’s pediatric hematology and oncology center opened its doors. In 1995, the Pediatric Emergency Department opened, as did the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program. In 1997, the Visitor’s Clubhouse, a place where family members could stay, hosted a ribbon cutting. The year before DiMaggio died, there was an expansion in the Children’s Emergency Department and the year he died, both the intensive care and cardiac care units added beds.
After DiMaggio’s passing in 2000, the Children’s Mobile Health Center started to provide free exams, plus the Medical Air Transport gained its wings, as well as a Learjet.
There were other great moments for the hospital including Love Jen Family Support Center, a partnership with Broward County to staff a teacher full-time in the hospital, the Cleft and Craniofacial Center, the naming of North 35th Avenue to Joe DiMaggio Drive, dialysis services, inpatient rehabilitation, a new emergency helicopter, The Diamond Angels women fundraising group, the Joe DiMaggio Legends Game to fundraise, and then the hospital started a new building adjacent to the first hospital and then Memorial Regional Hospital, with the groundbreaking a decade after DiMaggio’s death and completion in 2011.
In his lifetime and with his legacy, DiMaggio has created a groundbreaking and innovative way to improve the health of children, and make healthcare accessible to children whose families may have financial challenges. Like all healthcare facilities across the United States, the hospital relies on fundraising to help accomplish its goals of providing state-of-the-art healthcare and amenities.
One such annual fundraising event during DiMaggio’s lifetime was the Memorial Classic/Joe DiMaggio Legends Game that raised millions for the foundation. This event was held annually at the end of each January. This event was retired at the inception of the Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award in 2014, which was the centennial year celebrating DiMaggio’s birth.
Clinton’s award nomination was announced in Dec. 2013. He was awarded a month later. A noble effort is that Clinton waived his usual speech fees and when he was the speaker on award night, $900,000 was raised for the hospital. Somehow, Clinton wiggled his way to this spot, in spite of DiMaggio’s very public dislike of the President, which has been reported in the press for many years. Clinton would have to reside on an island like the Tom Hanks character in Castaway, to not know of this news, plus he was well aware of DiMaggio’s snubs personally after having been the recipient. But no news outlets covered the known controversy that existed between Clinton and DiMaggio at the time of the award ceremony, except for Richard Johnson’s Page Six report for the New York Post.
“The last person American icon Joe DiMaggio would have given an award to in his name is Bill Clinton,” wrote Johnson. “But it happened Jan. 24  in Florida.”
Additionally, the author of this story, also the author of the book, Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio – Love in Japan, Korea & Beyond, reached out to the media representative on the Dec. 2013 press release, providing evidence of this conflict and asking how Clinton could be an award recipient. There was no reply to the email. The author’s book was published in Feb. 2014, with questions included about Clinton’s receipt of this award.
Magic Johnson received the award in 2015 and Pat Riley in 2016.
“A Staunch, Staunch Conservative”
Following DiMaggio’s death on March 8, 1999, and between his private family funeral in San Francisco on March 11, 1999 and a Memorial Prayer Service for him in New York on April 23, 1999, The Deseret News published a revealing blurb about DiMaggio, his political views, his contempt of President Bill Clinton and how upset DiMaggio would be if Clinton attended his funeral (Clinton and other celebrities tried to attend the funeral in San Francisco and were told it was private. Clinton did not attend the service in New York. Clinton sent his condolences regarding DiMaggio’s death).
The Deseret News described DiMaggio as a “staunch, staunch conservative.” Politics, according to a friend who met with DiMaggio four times annually on a social basis, was one of his favorite subjects to speak about.
The article stated that DiMaggio “went out of his way to say how much he disliked Clinton.”
The friend told the publication that DiMaggio would say, “We’ve got to get rid of that guy [Clinton],” and reportedly said this before his affair with Monica Lewinsky affair was exposed in 1998, because DiMaggio heavily disagreed with Clinton’s politics. DiMaggio’s first known public snub of Clinton was in 1995.
Another hint following this article was one that the Daily News leaked two days following the New York Memorial Prayer Service for the baseball great. Accordingly, DiMaggio’s close friend, Dr. Henry Kissinger told the publication that DiMaggio refused to sit next to Clinton at TIME magazine’s 75th anniversary gala the year before his death. According to this report, DiMaggio’s friend Dr. Rock Positano, passed on the news the morning of the event that DiMaggio would be seated with the president.
Positano recalled that DiMaggio told him, “Absolutely not,” and threatened to back out of attending.
While Positano said that the rebuttal had zero to do with DiMaggio’s feelings about the President, and everything to do with his prior commitment to being seated with Kissinger and wife Nancy.
The same story was retold in Vanity Fair in 2000. In it, Vanity Fair reported overall about DiMaggio’s feelings about Clinton, an article for which both Positano and DiMaggio’s close friend and attorney Morris Engelberg were interviewed. Vanity Fair reported DiMaggio “detested the president for everything from Whitewater to his affair with Monica.”
Here, readers also learned for one of the first times that DiMaggio had once shaken Clinton’s hand before his presidency. DiMaggio believed once was enough.
Vanity Fair described DiMaggio as taking “special relish in snubbing the president.” He did so twice at Camden Yards in 1995 when a Clinton aide asked DiMaggio if he could shake hands with the president, and then to sit with him during the Cal Ripken game where DiMaggio’s teammate Lou Gehrig’s record was broken.
DiMaggio turned down both requests.
When Clinton called to speak to DiMaggio following his hospitalization from cancer surgery, he refused. Later, Engelberg refused on DiMaggio’s behalf when he was nearing his final days. Engelberg surmised that DiMaggio did not wish to associate with Clinton when he was well and certainly would not when he was so gravely ill.
“As DiMaggio’s health surrogate, I was empowered to make the decision, and I did,” Engelberg said.
While very ill, Vanity Fair noted that “DiMaggio found something unforgivable about Clinton that he had no intention of forgiving, just as, during various periods of his life, he had found unforgivable about Frank Sinatra, and President Kennedy, and his sister Marie, and friends who were no longer friends.”
DiMaggio, The Kennedys and Sinatra
DiMaggio would cringe at the sight of his name being associated with the Kennedys and Sinatra. Like Joltin’ Joe kept a distance from Clinton, he also jolted far away from the Kennedys and Sinatra during his lifetime.
After the release of Engelberg’s 2003 book, DiMaggio, Setting the Record Straight, the Toledo Blade extracted a quote from the book that “Baseball legend Joe DiMaggio visited every postwar president in the White House except for Bill Clinton, a man he called “the greatest liar of the century.”
It was DiMaggio biographer Richard Ben Cramer of Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life who told CNN, “Joe hadn’t admired any Democrat since the Kennedys had soured him on the party.
It was before Marilyn Monroe’s death, DiMaggio’s lifetime love that his dislike of the Kennedy dynasty began. And even as he aged and DiMaggio received an invitation to an event at the Kennedy Center, he cleared prior to attendance that no one in the Kennedy clan would be present.
It was not just the party that irritated him, but strong members of it. Before Sinatra switched allegiance from the Democratic Party and became a Republican in 1972, DiMaggio ended his friendship with him. Previous to that, the two were tightly knit, but their friendship dwindled sharply, while Monroe remained friends with Sinatra, Kennedy’s sister Pat Lawford and actor Peter Lawford.
But it was DiMaggio’s belief that the Kennedys were responsible for Monroe’s death that sent his extreme hatred further into orbit.
While urban myth has existed about liaisons between President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, along with his brother, Robert F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe (click here for an article countering this topic), it simply was not true. But Joe DiMaggio believed it so.
Though DiMaggio and Monroe were married for only nine months in 1954, it was a lifetime love and the marriage’s failure was one of his deepest regrets. Many surmise that if there marriage survived, so would Monroe have lived past the premature age of 36. While a downright lie persists that DiMaggio was physically abusive to her, she was the love of his life, and vice-versa. It was his cool exterior and emotional distance that was the death of his marriage to first wife, Dorothy Arnold, and part of the strain between DiMaggio and his son, as well as the end to his marriage with Monroe. DiMaggio was so devastated by their divorce, he sought to wrong the right and entered into therapy, and engaged in letter writing and journaling. His letters to her reflect a caring and eloquent spirit and tender heart. The two remained in touch, and Monroe’s marriage to Arthur Miller in between the second leg of their relationship was upsetting for DiMaggio to read the headlines about.
In late 1960 DiMaggio learned that Monroe was alone on Christmas and showered her apartment with poinsettias. Early in 1961 after Monroe’s attorney and secretary coerced her into signing a last will, she was incarcerated in Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in a lockdown manner. DiMaggio was the only one who came to her rescue after she called, and others like her therapist, Dr. Marianne Kris and acting coach Lee Strasberg ignored her pleas to release her. DiMaggio flew up from Florida, threatening to tear the building apart “brick by brick” to free her.
The following month the two spent time relaxing together in Florida as the retired baseball great worked with the Yankees at spring training. Prior to their Florida trip, DiMaggio had helped Monroe to check into another hospital where she could recover from the Payne Whitney trauma.
Six months later, Monroe found herself on a flight that experienced engine trouble and telegrammed DiMaggio afterward, using an alias “Mrs. Norman.” “When plane was in trouble,” she communicated, to DiMaggio “I thought about two things you and changing my will. Love you I think more than ever.”
But little did DiMaggio realize, Monroe was in the dangerous grips of the Freudian practitioners who had locked her in Payne Whitney, as well as her acting coach Lee Strasberg, both beneficiaries on her will. The therapist Dr. Ralph Greenson who was with Monroe on the day of her death and medicated her into oblivion, snowballed DiMaggio and others into believing Robert Kennedy was involved in her death. Greenson was a shill for Freudianism, hosting events at his home that patients attended together (a true conflict of interest and violation of patient privacy laws, like his brother-in-law and he sharing confidential information). At these events over chamber music and cold cuts, Greenson solicited for donations for the Anna Freud Foundation. The Anna Freud Foundation was one of the inheritors of Monroe’s estate. Greenson was known to butter up other rich patients to donate to the Freud Foundation, to which he was incestuously connected.
DiMaggio and Monroe planned to remarry on Aug. 8, 1962. He had just quit his $100,000 a year job on Aug. 1. She had an appointment to change her will on Aug. 6. Monroe’s lawyer Milton Rudin, Greenson’s brother-in-law.
Photos at her funeral on the intended date of their remarriage show a distraught DiMaggio wiping away an endless stream of tears. He dated quietly every once in a while after Monroe’s passing, but never remarried, always holding a torch for her. On the day of his own death from lung cancer on March 8, 1999, his longtime attorney and confidante Morris Engelberg reported that a peaceful DiMaggio exhaled his final breath and last words:
“I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”
As one of the main organizers of Monroe’s funeral, DiMaggio kept the guest list short, and snubbed Sinatra, the Lawfords, the Kennedys and many of the top names in Hollywood.
Rudin grilled DiMaggio for excluding “important people” from the private funeral.
“If it wasn’t for them, she’d still be here,” DiMaggio fired back.
Columnist Walter Winchell walked alongside DiMaggio during her funeral from the chapel to the site of her final resting place. DiMaggio never spoke publicly of Monroe, and those who knew him knew his rule that speaking about her with him was off-limits, unless he did first. He walked out of interviews often when the tables turned on him and she came up as a topic. But DiMaggio reportedly told Winchell as they walked, “If any of those Kennedys had showed up [to Monroe’s funeral] I would have taken a baseball bat and bashed their faces. All of those sons-of-bitches killed Marilyn.”
But DiMaggio excluded the wrong people from Monroe’s funeral, and her true killers, the acting coach Strasberg read her eulogy and Greenson and his family members smirked throughout the event.
A consortium of Greenson’s colleagues from UCLA formed a “Suicide Prevention Team.” The group only convened once, and that was to let Greenson off the hook. Monroe’s death was ruled a “probable suicide,” and the group never analyzed any other death.
But before Bobby Kennedy’s assassination in 1968 during a recorded conversation, Greenson told the interviewer, “I can’t explain myself, or defend myself without revealing things that I don’t want to reveal. You know, you can’t draw a line and say, ‘I’ll tell you this, but I won’t tell you that.’ It’s a terrible position to be in to say, ‘I can’t talk about it because I can’t tell the whole story.’”
Greenson paused then said, “Listen.”
“Yeah?” the other voice asked in reply.
“Talk to Bobby Kennedy,” Greenson answered succinctly.
While DiMaggio didn’t take a bat to Bobby Kennedy’s face, he smashed him instead with what friends of DiMaggio referred to as his “Sicilian stare.” At Mickey Mantle Day on September 19, 1965, after DiMaggio escorted Mantle’s mother to the podium and dignitary lineup at center field, Kennedy ambushed the group for handshakes. DiMaggio stepped back and away from Kennedy after Kennedy extended his hand, and an uncomfortable Kennedy moved on, and shook the next hand in line.
Sinatra tried to reconnect with DiMaggio and DiMaggio never accepted. Sinatra became disenchanted himself with the Democratic Party after Kennedy chose to stay at Bing Crosby’s home during Easter 1962, rather than Sinatra’s, though Sinatra had built a large guesthouse and heliport for Kennedy’s visit. It was the rumors of Sinatra’s affiliations with organized crime that advisors, including Bobby Kennedy, told the president to stay at Crosby’s. Sinatra eventually donated $4 million to Reagan’s political campaign and coordinated his gala as he had done for Kennedy.
Joe DiMaggio and His Connections With U.S. Presidents
Several Presidents during DiMaggio’s lifetime were enamored with him. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt watched him play ball and the two later met following the game. During World War II, Roosevelt declared baseball a morale booster and DiMaggio, an enlisted man, played while in the military. FDR was actually the last of the Democratic Presidents who DiMaggio admired. During the Time gala in 1998, the year before DiMaggio died, it was Clinton who gave the tribute about Roosevelt, while Kevin Costner’s tribute about DiMaggio that night elicited the largest ovation and 1,000 guests raising their champagne glasses.
President Dwight Eisenhower met with DiMaggio and Rocky Marciano when the two athletes visited the White House in 1953.
DiMaggio was pictured flanking Nixon at a 1985 event, but prior to that, Nixon held a great admiration for DiMaggio’s play, and during his reelection campaign in 1972, came up with the idea of a Presidential Pre-War “All Star Team.” DiMaggio was of course, one of the players on his list. In 1992, Nixon re-visited this list, and told his tale of attending his first major league game in Washington on July 4, 1936, where he watched DiMaggio hit a home run.
In 1987, DiMaggio was the guest at a dinner at the White House that honored Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev. When asked how he would like to be introduced on the greeting line, he humbly remarked, “Just Joe DiMaggio.”
Following the introduction, President Ronald Reagan informed Gorbachev, “This is one of our greatest players in the United States.”
DiMaggio was not typically star struck but asked both Reagan and Gorbachev to sign a ball, which DiMaggio’s granddaughter Paula now cherishes.
The last President DiMaggio was willingly affiliated with was President George H.W. Bush. The senior Bush flew DiMaggio and Ted Williams by Air Force One to a dinner to honor them in 1991. He later golfed with the President and son Jeb, and then met George W. Bush for dinner in Texas, remarking how much father and son looked alike.
And while DiMaggio accepted these previous moments with the Commanders-in-chiefs, he reveled in rejecting 42nd President William Jefferson Clinton, who was the President during DiMaggio’s last years of life.
Biographers Discuss Joe DiMaggio’s Bill Clinton Snubs
Both DiMaggio biographers Cramer and Engelberg spoke very candidly about how DiMaggio disliked Clinton.
In his CNN interview, Cramer said DiMaggio thought Clinton was “soft, self-indulgent and a phony.”
In his book, Cramer reported DiMaggio “loathed” Clinton and about Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, DiMaggio told friends, “You know we paid for that White House. He [Clinton] shouldn’t be doing that there.”
DiMaggio told Engelberg that he believed Bill and Hillary Clinton owned one particular newspaper to receive favorable news coverage.
As DiMaggio, a frequent television watcher, would see Clinton on the news, DiMaggio would comment to Engelberg, “Look, I can see his [Clinton’s] nose growing.”
Though Engelberg aired in his book DiMaggio’s feelings about Clinton, he was present when Clinton was awarded in 2014, and administrators thanked Engelberg before Clinton’s speech.
DiMaggio overtly avoided Clinton at events and in phone calls and disparaged him in conversations and ironically DiMaggio was photographed with Hillary Clinton’s campaign nemesis Presidential Candidate Donald Trump in 1986 when both DiMaggio and Trump were each awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Bill Clinton’s Connection to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
During DiMaggio’s lifetime, the only news report that reflects a connection with the President to the children’s hospital is when a set of signed baseballs were auction in 1994 for charity, five years before DiMaggio’s death, with Clinton’s signature, as well as Yitzhak Shamir’s and Yasser Arafat’s.
But the name Joe Reilly has continued to come up with Clinton several times, including the night he received the inaugural award.
“I came here first,” Clinton said, “because I believe in the mission for this hospital, and I have for a long time.”
After describing his involvement with spearheading legislation to fund a children’s hospital in Arkansas, he said, “I came because of my friend Joe Reilly. Joe Reilly, he knows that I’m a sports fan and I talk to him about baseball all the time, and he wants me never to forget every good thing Joe DiMaggio ever did.”
Then, Clinton told the audience that he and Hillary “had the honor of meeting Joe before he passed away.”
Though no news reports show that Clinton was involved with the hospital during DiMaggio’s lifetime, a 2002 report indicates he showed up to the 2002 Joe DiMaggio Legends Game.
“Event organizer Joe Reilly, who has photographed President Clinton at various events for two decades, was a big reason for the visit as well,” the SunSentinel reported.
Reilly, the article stated, has been friends with Clinton for about 20 years. Clinton referred to Reilly, the Memorial Hospital External Affairs Administrator, as his friend. Reilly, a photographer, reportedly took pictures of Clinton at another outing and invited him to the game.
Clinton told the publication regarding the hospital, “I’ve been active in his [DiMaggio’s] program, and he knew I supported his program. I knew Joe DiMaggio, liked him very much.”
Reilly’s LinkedIn Profile offers scant information, with only the Administrator External Affairs Memorial Healthcare System listed.
Clinton’s friend has further accolades on the Internet about his background. He is involved with the site, The Future of Sports, where his biography, with a headshot that only pictures the back of Reilly’s head, describes him as a “trusted personal photographer for former president Bill Clinton.” He also took photos of Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Barack Obama, according to his biography.
And although there are very few web connections between Joseph Reilly and Joe DiMaggio (click here for one during DiMaggio’s lifetime), his biography describes him as “photographer and ultimately close personal friend of Joe DiMaggio.” He is also cited as the Director of External Affairs of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
But a 1986 SunSentinel article sheds greater light on Reilly’s background.
The article stated that his photography hobby and master’s in political science combined two of his loves and forged a career. Reilly worked part-time in the medical industry and then helped during the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep Claude Pepper (D-Miami). Soon, he began working with Sen. Ken Jenne (D-Hollywood) and became Jenne’s aide. Reilly was also a lobbyist for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office when Bob Butterworth was sheriff, while additionally pursuing photography. During this time, he took photos of Carter, Senator Ted Kennedy, and Vice President Walter Mondale, who served under Carter and later unsuccessfully ran against Ronald Reagan.
Reilly’s career in politics essentially began in 1972 and reportedly he and Clinton became friends a decade later, which was when Clinton was Arkansas’s Governor.
While working with Jenne, Reilly additionally worked between Hollywood, FL and Tallahassee.
Jenne eventually became Broward County’s Sheriff, but ended up in prison beginning in Dec. 2007 for mail fraud and federal tax evasion. Jenne was released the following year. However, under Florida law, he is still classified as a felon, is unable to vote, cannot practice law and lost his pension. He runs the consulting company Degrune Port. It is the chatter in law enforcement officer threads in Broward County that current sheriff Scott Israel has permitted Jenne entry to the Sheriff’s Office though he is considered a felon, because Jenne wished to congratulate him for his election win.
Butterworth became attorney general in 1986, and resigned to run for senate but lost to Republican Jeffrey Atwater.
Neither Jenne nor Butterworth were ever pictured with DiMaggio, but have been mentioned after his death in association with the children’s hospital. Jenne helped to launch a child protection campaign when he was sheriff in 2006. Butterworth was a donor per the 2009 and 2010 annual report. Butterworth has also been pictured with John Benz, Senior Vice President of Memorial Healthcare System.
Of course, Jenne and Butterworth were both intrinsically involved in the political party that DiMaggio detested the most.
At the same time, as the Page Six report noted that DiMaggio would be “spinning in his grave” over Clinton’s appearance at the American Icon Award, the Daily News quoted DiMaggio’s close friend Rock Positano a little over a decade earlier, and four years after the Yankee Clipper’s passing of saying the same when the Visitor’s Clubhouse was renamed after Jeff Conine. It was named after DiMaggio in 1997, though Reilly said not formally, and DiMaggio was said to have adored Conine, the Marlins’ then left fielder (he is now retired). One anonymous friend was upset that DiMaggio’s name was covered up, and his name was replaced, while DiMaggio was there when the building was dedicated and feared telling DiMaggio’s grandchildren.
The paper claimed Reilly was a friend of DiMaggio’s too and Reilly’s reply was to tell DiMaggio’s “disgruntled devotees to calm down” and the foundation insisted on the change.
“I don’t know, it’s cold up there in New York,” Reilly added, making light of the name change from DiMaggio to Conine, “I think maybe you’ve got some folks who are still in shock over the Marlins beating the Yankees in the World Series.”
Originally, only the park in the complex near the Visitor’s Clubhouse was named after Conine and dubbed “Conine’s Corner.”
The Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation, also known as the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation since 2013, is registered as a not-for-profit, which has come under fire for donations it has received, as well as its IRS filings.
Originally named the William J. Clinton Foundation following Clinton’s presidency in 2001, critics have stated the foundation has accepted millions of dollars in foreign donations, including $500,000 from Algeria, which reportedly did not receive U.S. State. Department approval for the transaction to take place was apparently required, especially since Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Some researchers have noted that the foundation is worth $277.8 million in assets. Additionally, outsiders have questioned donations from George Soros, Friends of Saudi Arabia and Marc Rich’s ex-wife, Denise Rich. Rich received a pardon from tax fraud on Clinton’s final day as President. Other reported donors: McDonald’s, Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Anheuser-Busch, Duke Energy, Alibaba Group, Google, Monsanto, Harrah’s, Allstate, News Corporation, AIG, Boeing, and Coca-Cola.
Foreign government donations have included: Bahrain, Kuwait, Australia, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Great Britain, New Guinea, Rwanda, Sweden and Switzerland.
Canada’s Uranium One reportedly gave $500,000 and afterward, 20 percent of the uranium reserves for the United States were transferred to Russia.
Reuters uncovered that The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation did not properly report foreign donations between the years of 2010 and 2012, though the group then accepted donations into the millions, and Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.
According to a CNN story, both Bill and Hillary Clinton have earned over $153 million in speaking fees since 2001. On an average, per speech each speaking engagement yields $210,795 for the Clintons.
Editor’s Note: The author of this story is a book author, and has authored two books on Marilyn Monroe, and one on Joe DiMaggio, including Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio – Love in Japan, Korea & Beyond and co-authored Marilyn Monroe Unveiled: A Family History. She is also a manager of genealogy profiles for both of the stars on a leading genealogical site. The author is additionally a relative of Monroe’s, and is one of the administrators on the Facebook Pages, Marilyn Monroe Family and Marilyn Monroe – “Some like it hot,” as well as the fan page for her first book.
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