Clintons Clear $109 Million in Eight Years

The former (and potential) first couple discloses recent income tax data.
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The years since the Clintons left the White House have been very lucrative for the power couple.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D., N.Y.) and former President Bill Clinton Friday released tax data showing they earned $109 million over the last eight years, according to published media reports.

The bulk of their income, $92 million, has come from speaking and writing books, according to report in

The New York Times

Saturday. That includes a $15 million advance Mrs. Clinton received for her 2004 autobiography, an amount larger than previously believed, the report added.

Over the 8-year period, the Clintons paid $33.8 million in federal taxes. They also claimed deductions for more than $10 million in charitable contributions, which went to a foundation run by the couple, the report said. So far, the foundation has given away about half of the money the Clintons contributed to it, the report added.

Mrs. Clinton, who is trailing Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.) for the Democratic presidential nomination, released the income tax data after coming under pressure to do so, the report noted. Obama has already disclosed his tax returns for recent years.

The next big contest for the Democratic nominees will be the Pennsylvania primary, scheduled for Tuesday, April 22.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.