George W. Bush has charged a charity $100,000 to attend a fundraiser for military veterans wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On top of that, the former president was flown by a private jet from Dallas to Houston which, along with his accommodation, added $70,000 to the bill paid by Helping A Hero, the charity told ABC News.
However, it turns out that the extortionately high fee was in fact a reduced rate, negotiated down from $250,000. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. George W. Bush, pictured with Helping A Hero representatives, charged $100,000 for his attendance at a fundraiser for military veterans wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has emerged.
A year earlier, it is reported, former First Lady Laura Bush was paid $50,000 from the same charity to appear at an event.
The news has provoked outrage among many of the charity’s board members who have lost limbs fighting the War On Terror, which Former President Bush declared in 2003. Furious former Marine Eddie Wright told ABC News:
You sent me to war, I was doing what you told me to do, gladly for you and our country and I have no regrets. But it’s kind of a slap in the face.
Wright lost both of his hands in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 when he was hit by a rocket.
2. The news prompted outrage from board members who served in the war President Bush declared during his tenure (photo: Wikimedia).
For him to be paid to raise money for veterans that were wounded in combat under his orders, I don’t think that’s right.
Helping A Hero spokesman Robert Clark said:
We are proud that President Bush attended the Helping a Hero Gala. The event raised significant funds that are putting our nation’s heroes into specially adapted homes throughout the United States.
His presence was appreciated by the veterans and supporters of the organization.
3. A year before President Bush (pictured with Helping A Hero) spoke, his wife received $50,000 from the charity.
The charity’s attorney Christopher Tritico said that President Bush’s presence at the event was probably a factor in boosting their revenue for that year.
The charity’s IRS form shows that they raised $2,450,000 after expenses. In contrast, in 2013 they only made $1,000,000.
Still, Tritico acknowledged that it is something the former president will find difficult to justify. He told ABC News:
I think it’s a valid question for the former president. It’s not a valid question for a charity who raised an extra million dollars.
4. The charity offers medical, emotional and financial support for service men and women wounded in battle (photo: Facebook).
The revelation comes after wide coverage of the Clintons’ hugely lucrative speaking arrangements, which enabled them to climb into the top one percent of wealthy Americans.
Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have charged around $275,000 per 10-minute speeches at various events across the country.
However, both Former President Clinton and his predecessor George H. W. Bush claim that they have never charged a charity.
5. George W. Bush charged a wounded veterans charity $100,000 for a speech — an ABC News report.
Read more: ABC News.
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