Former President Bill Clinton and current Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton spent nearly $1.3 million renovating two properties they own after leaving the White House, according to recent reports.
Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer in June of 2014 and told the television host that she and her husband were “dead broke,” when they left the White House. “You have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton told Sawyer.
Hillary’s assertion is an interesting claim, seeing as she and her husband spent $1,284,347 renovating their two properties in Washington, D.C., and the other in Chappaqua in Westchester County in the first two years after leaving the White House. Keep in mind this is the time where Clinton says the couple had absolutely no money.
The Clinton’s purchased the first property in Westchester Country for $1.7 million in 1999, one year before leaving the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This property was integral in Hillary’s run for the Senate, as it allowed her to claim residence in New York state. To date, the couple has spent some $376,000 in renovations that include a $100,000 dollar porch and new kitchen (both added in 2001), the Post reports.
The next year they added a $56,000 swimming pool and a $45,000 gym and library.
While they spent over $400,000 improving their New York estate, the Clintons spent over double that on their Washington, D.C., residence.
The Clintons purchased their D.C. home for $2.85 million in 2000. They have spent almost a million dollars alone renovating this property, spending $908,347 over the past sixteen years. The couple added another story onto this property to the tune of $833,927, and a pool house for $45,000 while they were at it, according to the Post. They also installed a personal use elevator in the property in 2001.
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