The Republican National Committee launched PoorHillaryClinton.com Monday to attack the Democrat for claiming that she and Bill struggled financially after leaving the White House.
The website features claims by the Clintons downplaying their wealth and reports on their current earnings, which make Hillary one of the richest individuals in the country. Clinton claimed recently that she and Bill are not “truly well off,” and were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2000.
Clinton has already earned $12 million in speaking fees since leaving the State Department just 16 months ago, according to a Bloomberg analysis out Monday; President Bill Clinton has amassed a fortune of almost $106 million in speaking fees alone since leaving the White House over a decade ago.
“Is this really what ‘dead broke’ looks like? Seems like the Clintons should be just fine with their two multi-million dollar houses,” the website says. “No need to add the ‘White House’ to the list.”
The site launched Monday with a sampling of links to stories that undercut Clinton’s attempts to connect with Americans that are struggling financially.
Hillary has pulled in hefty speaking fees at public universities. Clinton most notably charged the University of Buffalo $275,000 to be featured in a Distinguished Speaker Series. She has said that she donates speaking fees at public universities to the family’s charity — The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. (RELATED: University Contract Details Hillary Clinton Speech Demands)
As a leading contender for the 2016 presidential race, Clinton’s already received significant pushback for her Wall Street-friendly policies and long history in Washington. Rival Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren has already attracted an intense following — largely because she can be taken more seriously on income inequality issues.
“In the span of just a few weeks, Hillary Clinton made enough out-of-touch comments about her wealth to fill an entire website. So the RNC created one,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “Here’s the truth Hillary doesn’t understand: you’re not ‘dead broke’ when you can make five times the median household income with a single speech.”