New at work: Bill Clinton's paid speeches

Written by Adrian Holovaty on February 23, 2007

At work lately, I've done a couple quick-deadline Web projects in association with investigative Washington Post pieces. The latest is Clinton's Golden Voice, an interactive map/timeline that lets you see each speech for which former president Clinton got paid between 2001 and 2005. It's a companion piece to this Post story.

He makes a lot of money speaking.

Don't miss the "Show Speeches Chronologically" link -- it's an animated Google map, which is a technique I've wanted to try for a while. It shows each Clinton speech, in order by date.


Posted by Robert Ramones on February 23, 2007, at 8:43 p.m.:

Amazing project.

Bill Clinton... what a lucky man! At this pace in 10 years he will be the richest man on earth!

Posted by Ji Village News on February 23, 2007, at 10 p.m.:

Excellent work Adrian.

I wonder if you guys have plans to list other politician/celebrity's absurd speech fees.

I hereby humbly offer my speech service to the public for a much discounted price :)

Posted by Brent O'Connor on February 23, 2007, at 10:43 p.m.:

Nice work!

Posted by Lucas on February 24, 2007, at 2:03 a.m.:

Nice work on deadline. Much love for the chronological mapping. It just keeps going and going. How many hours must that man must have spoken? I suppose if I made as much per hour, it would be hard to shut me up, too.

Posted by anonymous on February 25, 2007, at 4:42 a.m.:

Speaking of investigative journalism, wouldn't it have been nice to see a breakdown of how he arrives at his speaking fee? Does it all go into his pocket, or does he have expenses? Let's not let large sums distract us from the basic critical thinking skills that make us who we are.

Posted by Walker Hamilton on February 26, 2007, at 3:48 a.m.:

Why does the article you linked to not link to the map & figures work you did?

Posted by Jeremy Dunck on February 26, 2007, at 3:25 p.m.:

Walker -- It does, right above the headline: "MAP: Speeches by Location, Date"

Posted by Walker Hamilton on February 26, 2007, at 4:57 p.m.:

Missed that one. (I was looking in the sidebar area...)

Posted by Adrian on February 26, 2007, at 9:06 p.m.:

Walker: Yeah, I tend to look in the sidebar area, too...I'm not sure the top-of-article strip is the best place to promote it. But it's not really my decision. :)

Posted by William McVey on February 27, 2007, at 1:09 a.m.:

I was poking around the map and noticed that there seems to be a bug in the geodata. A little south-west of Philidelphia there is a popup bubble associated with a $100K speaking fee for Lancaster, England on Dec. 7, 2002.

Posted by Adrian on February 27, 2007, at 5:48 a.m.:

Thanks, William -- I've fixed it.

Posted by Sebhelyesfarku on March 2, 2007, at 4:22 p.m.:

Hopefully Miss Lewinsky joins his ex-boss on these gigs and displays some deep throat techniques to remind the crowd to the good old days.

Posted by Steve on March 2, 2007, at 10:02 p.m.:

Interesting information. The Washington Post certainly knows what people should and would like to know.

Adrian, you might want to show to show this to The New Yorker's Ken Auletta. He probably would like to have pages like this for journalists -- see his September 21, 1994 article, "Fee Speech."

Posted by Andrew Phillipo on March 10, 2007, at 10:59 a.m.:

Great use of the data - now you need to work out Bill Clinton's carbon footprint from all those airmiles! If you ask me its excessive!


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