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Jan Baran Discusses Former President Bill Clinton's Paid Speaking and Event Appearances
Jan Witold Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted by The Associated Press in an article published today about the rapid pace that the U.S. Department of State, under the leadership of Hillary Clinton, approved speaker and event appearance requests for her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
According to the article, during Mrs. Clinton’s four-year tenure as Secretary of State, the agency approved nearly 330 requests for appearances by Mr. Clinton, including appearances paid for by financial institutions then under investigation for alleged wrongdoing. The Clinton family earned $50 million for 220 of those events.
“It’s politically going to be very treacherous,” Mr. Baran said of Mr. Clinton’s paid appearances, and the potential ethical complications that will likely intensify if Mrs. Clinton becomes the next President. “It just becomes controversy all the time.”