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The massive scale of the Clintons’ speech-making industry

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Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail

CLEVELAND, OH - On the third day of a bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio, Democratic Nominee for President of the United States former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton along with running mate Senator Tim Kaine, and Anne Holton, aboard the campaign bus in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday July 31, 2016. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Last week, Hillary Clinton's campaign released her most recent personal financial disclosure, detailing ways in which she and her husband earned money in 2015. Most of their income came from book royalties and giving paid speeches. Bill Clinton, for example, gave a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers in March 2015, being paid $325,000 for his time.

You probably don't need to be reminded that $325,000 is more than most people make in a year. The median income for a family of four in 2014 was $53,657 -- what Clinton made about a sixth of the way into that one speech.

And that was one of 22 speeches Bill Clinton gave last year. The NAM speech was the most lucrative, but Bill earned more than $5 million combined from those 20 days of work. Since the Clintons left the White House, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been paid more than $150 million from speeches alone.

The numbers above exclude speeches for which fees went directly to the Clinton Family Foundation, the couple's non-profit organization. In addition, Bill Clinton told NBC last year that he gave 10 percent of what he makes annually to the foundation, as reported by Politico.

Clinton speeches have become a campaign issue. Hillary Clinton's primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, has repeatedly called for her to release the transcripts of a series of speeches she gave to the finance firm Goldman Sachs in 2013, which Clinton so far has refused to do.

But Goldman Sachs is hardly the only financial company to which either Clinton gave a speech. The Post compiled all of the speeches given by the couple and created this tool to let you search for companies of which you may have heard. Try searching for "Goldman" or "bank." You may need to scroll down.

We see numbers like $150 million and it tends to lose some sense of scale. After all, "150" doesn't sound like that much. So let's put it into another context.

Donald Trump is, according to even non-Trump sources, much wealthier than the Clintons. But from speeches alone, the Clintons have earned almost 62 times the average lifetime earnings of someone with a Master's degree.