In late June, presumed 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are totally different from other filthy rich multimillionaires, who are “truly well off.” Not long before that, she claimed that she and her husband were somehow dirt poor when they left the White House.
The former first lady has certainly done alright for herself this year, though. Over the course of a mere eight speeches at eight different American colleges and universities, she will have made off with a sweet $1.8 million or so, reports The Washington Post.
Clinton’s April speech at the University of Connecticut – a pep talk to millennials – netted a cool quarter million $251,250.
Hilariously, Clinton spoke of equality at UConn.
“Do we want to continue to be a country where everyone has an equal shot to participate and to live up to their full potential?” Clinton asked in the six-figure stem-winder, according to the Hartford Courant.”Or are we ready to break faith with all that has gone on before and accept leaving a growing number of our fellow citizens marooned, sitting on the sidelines?”
The taxpayer-funded University of Connecticut has just raised tuition costs by 6.5 percent, notes the Post.
In March, administrators at the University of California, Los Angeles found $300,000 in private endowment cash to pay Clinton so she could speak at length on something called “thought leadership” and accept the UCLA Medal — the school’s highest honor.
Most – if not all – the schools at which Clinton spoke similarly plundered endowment funds to pay Clinton’s steep lecture fees.
In the $300,000 UCLA speech, the former secretary of state exhibited the knack for diplomacy that made her such a memorable and effective State Department boss by calling Russian President Vladmir Putin a “tough guy with thin skin,” according to NBC Los Angeles.
This fall, in October, Clinton is scheduled to pocket a cool $225,000 for a single speech at the taxpayer-funded University of Nevada, Las Vegas as the keynote speaker for a UNLV Foundation fundraiser at the fancypants Bellagio, where attendees will pay a minimum $200 per plate.
Shocked students have already expressed outrage at Clinton’s fee.
“You could give scholarships to thousands of students, benefit research on campus, give more students grants for research and studying,” said Daniel Waqar, a UNLV student government spokesman, according to ABC’s The Note.
UNLV’s student body president, Elias Benjelloun, agreed.
“The students are outraged about this,” he told the Post. “When you see reckless spending, it just belittles the sacrifices students are consistently asked to make. I’m not an accountant or economist, so I can’t put a price tag on how much we should be paying her, but I think she should come for free.”
Over the next four years, UNLV’s administration is raising tuition by 17 percent.