February 3, 2016

VIDEO: Sanders Has “A Real Problem” With Clinton’s Rapacious Speaking Fees

Today on Morning Joe, Senator Bernie Sanders highlighted one of Hillary Clinton’s many stunning hypocrisies. Clinton claims that she stands up for college students, but the reality is Clinton takes hundreds of thousands from public universities and colleges.

According to Clinton Foundation records, the Clintons have made between $3,125,028 And $7,200,000 in speaking fees from colleges and universities.

Hillary Clinton typically demands $300,000 from public universities, but she’s been known to settle for only $225,000. As the Washington Post reported, even when public colleges were cutting back, Clinton was demanding hundreds of thousands in compensation:

“At least eight universities, including four public institutions, have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hillary Rodham Clinton to speak on their campuses over the past year, sparking a backlash from some student groups and teachers at a time of austerity in higher education.”

Below are some of the most egregious examples:

  • UCLA paid Clinton $300,000.
  • The University At Buffalo, a school Clinton represented as a Senator, paid Clinton $275,000.
  • University of Connecticut paid Clinton $251,250.
  • The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, paid Clinton $225,000.

Clinton doesn’t just settle for outrageous monetary compensation, she also must have very luxurious, private travel accommodations for herself:

“Round-trip transportation on a chartered private jet ‘e.g., a Gulfstream 450 or larger jet,’ plus round-trip business class travel for two advance staffers who will arrive up to three days in advance. Hotel accommodations selected by Clinton’s staff and including ‘a presidential suite for Secretary Clinton and up to three adjoining or contiguous single rooms for her travel aides and up to two (2) additional single rooms for the advance staff.”

Plenty of spending money for her staff:

“A $500 travel stipend to cover out-of-pocket costs for Clinton’s lead travel aide.”

Special pillows:

“Top university officials discussed at length the style and color of the executive armchairs Clinton and moderator Lynn Vavreck would sit in as they carried on a question-and-answer session, as well as the kind of pillows to be situated on each chair. Clinton’s representatives requested that the chairs be outfitted with two long, rectangular pillows — and that two cushions be kept backstage in case the chair was too deep and she needed additional back support.”

And unique green room snacks:

“A team at the Harry Walker Agency, a speaker’s bureau handling Clinton’s appearance, requested snacks in the green room (‘diet ginger ale, crudité, hummus, and sliced fruit,’ they wrote in an email obtained by the Washington Post.)”