Even though Marco Rubio is clearly the one-percenter in this race, Hillary Clinton, when she was still toiling in the private sector, wasn’t doing so badly. Commanding upwards of $200,000 per speech, the former Senator and Secretary of State was flying across the globe, often in first class on the dime of whomever booked her, delivering exceptional, motivating speeches to gatherings of donors, professionals and other assorted hoi polloi.
But when the University of Missouri Kansas City tried to book Hillary for the unveiling of their “Womens Hall of Fame,” the $275,000 price tag for a couple of hours of the Secretary’s time was just far too much. So, according to emails obtained by the Washington Post, the UMKC settled for the Clinton Foundation’s budget package: a speech from Chelsea Clinton, who commanded “only” $65,000.
When the University of Missouri at Kansas City was looking for a celebrity speaker to headline its gala luncheon marking the opening of a women’s hall of fame, one name came to mind: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
But when the former secretary of state’s representatives quoted a fee of $275,000, officials at the public university balked. “Yikes!” one e-mailed another.
So the school turned to the next best option: her daughter, Chelsea.
The university paid $65,000 for Chelsea Clinton’s brief appearance Feb. 24, 2014, a demonstration of the celebrity appeal and marketability that the former and possibly second-time first daughter employs on behalf of her mother’s presidential campaign and family’s global charitable empire.
The $65K figure, only in the tens of thousands seems positively middle class, at least for a Clinton, especially when you consider that it also covered Chelsea’s flight from the coast, deep into parts of Middle America the Clintons usually do their best to avoid, lest they catch something contagious from the poor people. But the $65,000 fee only covered a half hour’s worth of work: a ten minute speech to a luncheon gathering of donors and VIPs and a 20-minute question and answer period, that was no doubt heavily moderated (or, at least, pre-approved).
The speaking fee went to the Foundation, apparently, which is all well and good, since at the time, Chelsea was already earning $600,000 per year a s a “special correspondent” for NBC news.