Hillary Clinton wants you to know she donates speaking fees to 'charity'
Hillary Clinton recieves about $200,000 every time she has a speaking engagement, but that doesn't make her rich.
That;s because she donates all speaking fees to charity - the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary Clinton on Friday defended her six-figure speaking fees, saying she's donated all the money earned from colleges over the past year to her family's foundation.
“All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation,” she told ABC News on Friday.
The former secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential contender reportedly charges about $200,000 for speaking engagements.
Clinton recently drew fire from University of Nevada Las Vegas students who threatened to protest an upcoming fundraiser she's scheduled to host at the school unless she returns the $225,000 fee.
When asked to respond to the students' plea, Clinton did not indicate she would adhere to their request.
“It’s been my experience,” Clinton said, “That they’re not worried about my speaking or my household, they’re worried about their own. And that’s the kind of debate I think I’m furthering as I go around the country speaking.”
Clinton gets no salary from the Foundation but uses the charity in other ways. She has set up her headquarters for her 2016 run in the charity's offices and several charity officials are part of her unofficial campaign team. Hence, the charity is paying her advisor's salaries.
No one is exactly sure what the Clinton Foundation does except grant access to Bill for a hefty donation. An expose by the New York Times last year showed that the Foundation has been running a deficit the last few years despite raking in hundreds of millions of dollars. Extravagant offices and travel for Clinton cronies have a lot to do with that.
We'd be a lot more impressed if Hillary had donated that money to UNICEF or some other international do gooder organization. As it is, and as with everything else she does, the speaking fees go into coffers that help relentlessly promote the Clinton name and brand.