[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/11/17/clinton.cabinet/art.clinton.gi.jpg caption="Bill Clinton's extensive global ties could cause conflict if Hillary Clinton is appointed as secretary of state."]Maureen Miller
Could former president Bill Clinton's global connections cause a conflict of interest for his wife Hillary if she becomes Secretary of State?
Some political analysts say yes.
"I think that he knows a lot of world leaders, and he has informal conversations with those leaders, and those will be conversations that the (Obama) administration will not be able to track nor can they control," said Jeanne Cummings of The Politico.
There's also the money trail.
Mr. Clinton's foundation raised $81 million in contributions last year alone, some from foreign interests. The foundation does a lot to battle AIDS, malaria and climate change.
The former president says he's been on the lookout for any potential conflict between a donor's intentions and Hillary's job as a U.S. Senator.
"If there is even any kind of question we try to do exhaustive vetting. I can recall some money we haven't taken, and also some we did, but only after more than a year of efforts to make sure that everything was O.K. there," Mr. Clinton told Philanthropy.com.
Of course, the Clinton connections could also be a big bonus for Obama.
What do you think? Could the Clintons help or hurt the Obama administration?
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