Ex-Bill Clinton aide memo roils wife’s campaign over ethics

The former aide described free travel and vacations arranged for the Clintons by corporation

FILE - In this July 21, 1992 file photo, then-Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton stands with his wife, Hillary Clinton, during a campaign stop at General Butler State Park in Carrollton, Kentucky. (AP file)
FILE - In this July 21, 1992 file photo, then-Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton stands with his wife, Hillary Clinton, during a campaign stop at General Butler State Park in Carrollton, Kentucky. (AP file)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A 2011 confidential memo written by a longtime Bill Clinton aide during Hillary Clinton’s State Department tenure describes overlap between the former president’s business ventures and fundraising for the family’s charities. The former aide also described free travel and vacations arranged for the Clintons by corporations, reinforcing ethics concerns about the Democratic presidential nominee.

The 13-page memo, by Doug Band, detailed the former president’s management of “Bill Clinton Inc.” It was included in hacked emails from the private account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that were released by WikiLeaks.

Band described the “unorthodox nature” of how he dealt with Bill Clinton’s dual interests in seeking out speech and consulting ventures around the world while he raised funds for the Clinton Foundation.

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