Hillary Clinton’s take on the speaking circuit is not even on par with a reality TV star like Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, nj.com reports.
Clinton reportedly received $25,000 for a Thursday speech at historic Rutgers University that promised the skinny on “politics, American democracy and her role in shaping women’s political history,” but Snooki, of “Jersey Shore” fame picked up a $32,000 pay check for her analysis of American academia, suggesting that potential graduates “study hard, but party harder.”
But Rutgers is even paying more money to its more serious speakers. Noel Prize winner Toni Morrison pulled in $30,000 — and that was back in 2011. Even the underwhelming Bill Moyers, a mainstay of public television documentaries, got $35,000 in 2015.
But how does Clinton stack up to other universities in terms of remuneration? Actor Matthew McConaughey walked away from the University of Houston with $135,000 in 2015 for his observations on life. Even media stars are making more money from their speeches. Former NBC personality Katie Couric was paid $110,000 by the University of Oklahoma in 2006.