Former Presidents Don’t Come Cheap

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2013)—The expenses don’t end when presidents leave the White House.

In fact the federal government spent nearly $3.7 million on former presidents last year, which covers a $200,000 pension, compensation and benefits for office staff, and other costs including travel, office space and postage, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says.

George W. Bush got just more than $1.3 million in 2012 including almost $400,000 for 8,000 square feet of office space and $85,000 in telephone costs.

President Bill Clinton got just less than $1 million, followed by George H. W. Bush got nearly $850,000 and Jimmy Carter, got about $500,000.

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