- Last Updated: 3:42 AM, May 9, 2012
- Posted: 1:42 AM, May 9, 2012
WASHINGTON — And you thought you got rid of them when they left office.
Taxpayers paid almost $3.7 million last year for the expenses of ex-presidents, including $119,000 in phone bills, $123,000 for travel, $76,000 for postage and $1.2 million in rent, according to government figures.
Former President George H.W. Bush cost $844,000, including $56,000 for travel. More than half of Bill Clinton’s $1 million in expenses covered his $586,000 office rent. Jimmy Carter claimed $517,000, including $15,000 for postage.
President George W. Bush topped the list, with $1.3 million in expenses, including $85,000 for his phone bills.
All of the payments came at a time when some of the former commanders-in-chief were making millions privately.
Clinton earned $10 million from speeches in 2010 alone, while Dubya topped him, with $15 million.
And the expenses don’t even include the costs of lifetime Secret Service protection.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who compiled the figures, has introduced a bill to cut off tax money for ex-presidents making more than $400,000 a year.