[Rushtalk] Hard times for Hillary

Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Tue Apr 3 09:01:30 MDT 2018

Hillary Clinton Speaking Fees Drop by 87%
By Erin Coates 
March 29, 2018 at 4:17pm

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made $200,000 per speech in
the past. Now, her speaking fees have plummeted by 87 percent.

Rutgers University is reportedly paying the former presidential nominee
$25,000 to speak at the university Thursday, according to NJ Advance

Clinton will be discussing politics, American democracy and how she has
helped shape women’s political history.

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The money she will be paid to speak at Rutgers, that will not be coming
from tuition or state aid according to the university, is a far cry from
what she use to be paid per speech.

According to a 2016 study by The Associated Press, out of the $22
million Clinton was paid to speak after her retirement as secretary of
state, one-third of the groups that paid her speech fees were government

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This study was based on federal records, regulatory filings and
correspondence of the 82 corporations who paid Clinton to speak between
2013 and 2015.

The results showed that most of those groups had lobbied federal
agencies in recent years. In two years, Clinton had over 94 paid
appearances, which gave way to criticism from her opponents.

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During the presidential race, Sen. Bernie Sanders called on Clinton to
release the transcripts of her speeches, according to the AP.

“If somebody gets paid $225,000 for a speech, it must be an unbelievably
extraordinary speech,” he said. “I kind of think if that $225,000 speech
was so extraordinary, she should release the transcripts and share it
with all of us.”

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Lawrence M. Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, added
that her high paying speaking tour “puts her in the position of having
to disavow that money is an influence on her while at the same time
backing campaign reform based on the influence of money. It ends up
creating the appearance of influence.”

Trade groups, who lobby for industry interests, paid Clinton over $7.1
million for her speeches. The financial services and investment industry
contributed about $4.1 million to Clinton’s fees.

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One Twitter user noted that the recent decline in speaking fees could do
with the fact that Clinton does not have an influence on American
politics anymore.

        Now that Hillary can't do them any favors, speaking fees go
        (Also note how donations to Clinton Foundation are way
        — Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) March 29, 2018

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The recent speaking engagement at Rutgers shows that universities are
also paying Clinton less to speak on their campuses.

In 2014, she traveled to at least eight different universities to make
public speeches. She was paid $251,250 to speak at the University of
Connecticut and $300,000 to speak at the University of California at Los
Angeles, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

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Students at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas — where officials
agreed to raise tuition by 17 percent over four years — wrote Clinton a
letter prior to her speech to return the planned $225,000 fee or they
would protest her appearance, The  Washington Post reported.

“What makes fees at this level outrageous … is that one speaker’s fee
becomes comparable to what it costs to educate a student for several
years,” Harvard University professor Harry R. Lewis said in 2014. “At
the same time you’re putting your students into serious debt, as most
institutions do; it’s an allocation of resources that’s very suspect.”

Thursday’s speech will be held at Rutgers Athletic Center and will be
Clinton’s third public appearance in New Jersey since she lost the 2016

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