Clinton Is Returning To Las Vegas For The First Democratic Debate On The One Year Anniversary Of Her UNLV Speech, Where Her "Obscene" Contract Riders Were Not Debatable
- Clinton will return to Las Vegas tomorrow to participate in the first Democrat presidential primary debate one year to the day after her remarks to UNLV for which she received a $225,000 speaking fee to participate in the first Democrat presidential primary debate.
- Last year, Clinton was sharply criticized for her staggering speaking fee soon after the school approved a 17 percent tuition hike on students.
- Clinton's speech contract demanded travel in a private jet, a presidential suite, and a tightly scripted event in which she would not speak over 90 minutes, prompting UNLV President Don Snyder to call some Clinton's demands "distasteful."
- As she heads back to Vegas, will Clinton's travel plans again include such opulence?
The First Democratic Debate Will Be Held In Las Vegas Tomorrow. "The Wynn will host next month's Democratic presidential debate, the resort said in a statement today. The Democratic Party had previously announced that it would host a debate in Nevada on Oct. 13, but the resort's statement was the first official confirmation of where the event will take place." (J.D. Morris, "Wynn Las Vegas To Host Oct. 13 Democratic Debate," Las Vegas Sun, 9/9/15)
On October 13, 2014, Clinton Collected $225,000 For Her Speech At The University Of Nevada - Las Vegas [UNLV]. "Hillary Clinton will be paid $225,000 to address an Oct. 13 fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a reminder of how much cash the potential Democratic presidential candidate is scooping up on the speaking circuit as she draws GOP criticism for saying she's 'not truly well off.'" (Laura Myers, "Hillary Clinton To Collect $225,000 For Keynote At UNLV Fundraiser," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/23/14)
- Months Earlier, UNLV's Board Of Regents Approved A 17 Percent Tuition Hike Over Four Years. "Nevada's higher education leaders today approved a four-year plan to raise undergraduate tuition at UNLV by 17 percent. The 13-member Board of Regents voted 7-6 to pass the tuition hike over student concerns about the skyrocketing cost of higher education. Starting in fall 2015, UNLV's tuition will go up about four percent annually for four years. That means by 2018, students will pay $6,720 a year, up from $5,745 a year currently." (Paul Takahashi, "Over Student Objections, Tuition At UNLV Going Up 17 Percent," Las Vegas Sun, 6/6/14)
CLINTON IMPOSED A TIME LIMIT ON HER APPEARANCE AND DEMANDED A PRIVATE JET AND PRESIDENTIAL SUITE TO ACCOMMODATE HER VISIT
Clinton's Contract Dictated That She Would Be At The Event No Longer Than 90 Minutes. "According to her standard speaking contract, Clinton will remain at the event no longer than 90 minutes; will pose for no more than 50 photos with no more than 100 people; and won't allow any press coverage or video- or audio-taping of her speech." (Laure Myers, "High Fashion, Expense For Hillary Travel," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/16/14)
Clinton's Contract For Her UNLV Speech Included A List Of "Lavish Travel Requirements." RON CLAIBORNE: "More details about Hillary Clinton's lavish travel requirements for a speaking engagement at a college in Nevada. A document obtained by the Las Vegas Review Journal show that Clinton received $225,000 to speak at a fundraiser in October-this coming October at the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her contract also requires that she gets a private jet to travel and a presidential suite the hotel of her choice. Clinton also requires that there be no recording of her speech and that the only permitted record of what she says made by a stenographer whose transcription will be given only to Hillary Clinton." (ABC News' "Good Morning America," 8/18/14)
Clinton's Contract Required Round-Trip Transportation On A Chartered Private Jet, Like "A Gulfstream 450 Or Larger Jet," And Business Class Tickets For Her Advanced Staff. "According to a May 31, 2013 email, Clinton's standard contract usually includes: Round-trip transportation on a chartered private jet 'e.g., a Gulfstream 450 or larger jet,' plus round-trip business class travel for two advance staffers who will arrive up to three days in advance. Hotel accommodations selected by Clinton's staff and including 'a presidential suite for Secretary Clinton and up to three adjoining or contiguous single rooms for her travel aides and up to two (2) additional single rooms for the advance staff.' A $500 travel stipend to cover out-of-pocket costs for Clinton's lead travel aide. Meals and incidentals for Clinton, her travel aides and advance staff, as well as all phone charges. Final approval of all moderators or introducers." (Laure Myers, "High Fashion, Expense For Hillary Travel," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/16/14)
Clinton's Contract Also Required A "Presidential Suite" For Clinton And Adjoining Rooms For Her Staff. "According to a May 31, 2013 email, Clinton's standard contract usually includes: Round-trip transportation on a chartered private jet 'e.g., a Gulfstream 450 or larger jet,' plus round-trip business class travel for two advance staffers who will arrive up to three days in advance. Hotel accommodations selected by Clinton's staff and including 'a presidential suite for Secretary Clinton and up to three adjoining or contiguous single rooms for her travel aides and up to two (2) additional single rooms for the advance staff.' A $500 travel stipend to cover out-of-pocket costs for Clinton's lead travel aide. Meals and incidentals for Clinton, her travel aides and advance staff, as well as all phone charges. Final approval of all moderators or introducers." (Laure Myers, "High Fashion, Expense For Hillary Travel," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/16/14)
Clinton's Phone Charges, Teleprompter, And All Meals And Incidentals For Her And Her Staff Were Also Covered By The Contract. "Clinton's fee usually includes expenses such as travel by private jet, other transportation, hotel rooms, phone charges, a TelePrompter, if needed, and all meals and 'incidentals' for her and her staff." (Laure Myers, "High Fashion, Expense For Hillary Travel," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/16/14)
Clinton's Contract Demands Were Criticized As "Disturbing," "Distasteful," And "Obscene"
Reporting On Clinton's "Disturb[ing]" Contract Riders For Her Speech At UNLV, Nevada Reporter Jon Ralston Criticized The Demands, Saying "Who Gets To Hold Her Crown While She Speaks?" JON RALSTON: "And now, a word about royalty. We don't have kings and queens in America, or at least we shouldn't. But when I see the red carpet UNLV is rolling out for Hillary Clinton in two months I start to wonder. Unless you're a mindless partisan, the details of that contract with the UNLV Foundation should disturb you. … I gather UNLV held firm on a provision that no one was allowed to look her directly in the eye and that men were supposed to bow and women curtsy before her. I don't know who should be more embarrassed, Hillary or UNLV? I only have one question: Who gets to hold her crown while she speaks?" (Las Vegas News 3's "Ralston Reports," 8/18/14)
UNLV President Don Snyder Said Some Of Clinton's Demands "Distasteful." JON RALSTON: "I assume you've read, the RJ got the contract that Hillary had, I mean that thing looked like it was for Princess Grace or something like that. I mean pay for all the cell phone charges, get her rooms -presidential suite. That isn't the way you travel sir isn't it." DON SNYDER: "There's no doubt that some of the things in the contract I find distasteful." (KSNV's " Ralston Reports," 8/27/14)
Jon Ralston Called Clinton's Speaking Fees, "Obscene, Grotesque, Revolting." JON RALSTON: "$225,000 at school where these same southern Nevada leaders who complain about unfair funding now sanction coughing up almost a quarter 'mill' to hear the former first lady speak. At a school where students have to struggle to pay tuition and fee increases because they state won't fund education properly. Now I'm not sure what the proper adjective is here, obscene, grotesque, revolting, take your pick. Clinton who advocates for affordable education should be ashamed as should the foundation." (Las Vegas News 3's " Ralston Reports," 6/24/14)
Discussing Clinton's University Speaking Fees Including UNLV, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Said Voters "Realize [Hillary Clinton] Got Paid More In An Hour Than Some Voters Get Paid In Four Years." MSNBC's MIKA BRZEZINSKI: "Steve Schmidt, I want to talk about the Hillary Clinton story we were talking about. This is about The Washington Post report that SUNY buffalo paid her $275,000 for an hour speech. There are other constraints in the contract. I think another college paid her $225,000. That is UNLV. Clinton says all of her speaking fees go to the Clinton Foundation but first to the speaker's bureau. What is your take on that? The first whiff of this story is kind of shocking. $275,000 for an hour speech." MSNBC's JOE SCARBOROUGH: "By the way, look at the headline, look at the picture, a lot of people say, dah, dah, as far as voters go, they read headlines and they look at pictures -" BRZEZINSKI: "A state university." SCARBOROUGH: "-they realize she got paid more in an hour than some voters get paid in four years." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 7/7/14)
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