Although Hillary Clinton earlier this month revealed she and husband, former president Bill Clinton, left the White House “dead broke” in 2001, they have been making up for that with some hefty speaking fees, latest one raising eyebrows of University of Nevada, Las Vegas students when they learned of a $225,000 fee for an Oct. 13 fundraising speech slated by the former secretary of state in Sin City, notes Grumpy Editor.
What irked the complaining students is that prior to the UNLV event, the former first lady is not charging for a Sept. 4 keynote speech also in Las Vegas at the Clean Energy Summit, an annual conference sponsored by Senate majority leader Harry Reid, UNLV, MGM Resorts and the Center for American Progress.
A letter, written on behalf of 23,000 undergraduate students at UNLV, addressed to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation in New York, asked Mrs. Clinton to “charitably donate part or all of the $225,000 speaking fee she is reportedly making for this fundraising speech back to the UNLV Foundation as a whole.”
The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Mrs. Clinton was paid $300,000 to speak on the University of California, Los Angeles campus three months ago.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post, in reviewing the Clintons’ federal financial disclosures, tallied Bill Clinton was paid $104.9 million for 542 speeches around the world between January 2001, when he left the White House, and January 2013, when Mrs. Clinton stepped down as secretary of state.
The June 26 Post story also found most of Bill Clinton’s speaking income --- $56.3 million --- came from foreign speeches, many of them in China, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom.
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