Taxpayer-Funded University Paid Clinton $275,000 to Speak

BUFFALO (Washington Post) -

The University at Buffalo, the largest campus in the State University of New York system, paid $275,000 for Hillary Rodham Clinton to appear for an event last year, according to a contract disclosed last week.

Clinton’s agent asked that the university provide “a presidential glass panel teleprompter and a qualified operator” for the October 2013 speech, and stipulated that Clinton’s office had “final approval” of who would introduce her or moderate any question-and-answer session.

The topic and length of the former secretary of state’s speech would be at her “sole discretion,” the document said.

The contract reveals for the first time many of the details surrounding the lucrative speaking career of Clinton, who is considering a run for president in 2016. Since stepping down from the State Department in early 2013, Clinton has addressed scores of audiences, many of them trade conventions, Wall Street banks and industry groups,earning at least $12 million and putting her in the 1/100th of 1 percentile of income earners. Her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, has been paid almost $106 million in speaking fees since he left the White House in 2001.