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When Hillary Bilked The Students She's Asking For Votes

- August 29, 2016

Clinton Has Launched An Attempt To Engage College Students "In The Final Stretch Before Election Day." "Hillary Clinton's campaign is launching a new, two-week, back-to-school effort to energize and register college students in the final stretch before Election Day." (Abby Phillip, "Clinton Launches Back-To-School Effort To Engage Millennial Voters," The Washington Post , 8/29/16)

  • The Effort Will "Launch New Or Reengage Existing Chapters Of Students For Hillary…" "In the fall, as students head back to campuses, the campaign plans a push to launch new or reengage existing chapters of Students for Hillary, in an effort to mobilize young voters at about 280 college campuses across the country. It is part of an overall goal of registering more than 3 million new voters this election." (Abby Phillip, "Clinton Launches Back-To-School Effort To Engage Millennial Voters," The Washington Post , 8/29/16)

AFTER THE CLINTONS ALIENTATED COLLEGE STUDENT VOTERS WITH THEIR ASTRONOMICAL SPEAKING FEES, IT'S NO WONDER SHE NEEDS TO "REENGAGE" WITH THEM

The Clintons Received Millions Of Dollars From Colleges And Universities For Speeches, Including Several That Raised Tuition After She Spoke

In 2014, The Washington Post Determined That Clinton Earned "Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars" Speaking At Eight Universities In The Previous Year, "Sparking A Backlash" From Students And Teachers. "At least eight universities, including four public institutions, have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hillary Rodham Clinton to speak on their campuses over the past year, sparking a backlash from some student groups and teachers at a time of austerity in higher education." (Philip Rucker and Rosalind S. Helderman, "At Time Of Austerity, 8 Universities Spent Top Dollar On Hillary Rodham Clinton Speeches," The Washington Post , 7/2/14)

  • Headline: "At Time Of Austerity, 8 Universities Spent Top Dollar On Hillary Rodham Clinton Speeches" (Philip Rucker and Rosalind S. Helderman, "At Time Of Austerity, 8 Universities Spent Top Dollar On Hillary Rodham Clinton Speeches," The Washington Post , 7/2/14)

Clinton Was Paid $225,000 For An October 2014 Address 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)

  • In June 2014, 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)
  • The Double-Digit Tuition Increase Complicated "The Optics For Clinton's Payday." "Indeed, Nevada higher education officials signed off on a plan to hike undergraduate tuition at UNLV by 17 percent (roughly 4 percent a year for the next four years), complicating the optics for Clinton's payday." (Scott Wilson, "Hillary Clinton's $225K UNLV Speech Fee Sparks Uproar," ABC News, 6/26/14)
  • UNLV Student Body President Elias Benjelloun Said Clinton "Should Donate Some Or All Of Her Fee To The University." "In an interview with respected Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston last week, student body President Elias Benjelloun said the potential 2016 presidential contender should donate some or all of her fee to the university." (Katie Glueck, "UNLV Students Balk At Hillary Clinton Talk Fee," Politico, 6/27/14)
  • UNLV Student Leader Daniel Waqar Called Clinton's Speaking Fee "Outrageous" And Said She Should Return The Money. UNLV STUDENT LEADER DANIEL WAQAR: "I mean, to be honest, it's not surprising and we really appreciate anybody who would come to raise money for the university. But anybody who's being paid $225,000 to come speak, we think that's a little bit outrageous. And we'd like Secretary Clinton to respectfully, to gracefully return the money back to the university or the foundation." (KSNV's "Ralston Reports," 6/26/14)

Clinton Offered To Speak At The University Of California At Los Angeles (UCLA) For The "Special University Rate" Of $300,000. "When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public universities? The answer from Clinton's representatives: $300,000 is the 'special university rate.'" (Rosalind Helderman and Philip Rucker, "Plans For UCLA Visit Give Rare Glimpse Into Hillary Clinton's Paid Speaking Career," The Washington Post , 11/26/14)

  • At UCLA, The Student Body President Said He Was "Concerned That $300,000 Was Spent For [Clinton] To Come." "Devin Murphy, UCLA's undergraduate student body president, said: 'You can't deny that Hillary Clinton has had vast experience in public service to our nation. But I am a bit concerned that $300,000 was spent for her to come. I am personally a low-income student of color at our university, and I recognize the importance of being fiscally responsible.'" (Philip Rucker and Rosalind Helderman, "At Time Of Austerity, 8 Universities Spent Top Dollar On Hillary Rodham Clinton Speeches," The Washington Post , 7/2/14)

The Hartford Courant Editorial: In April 2014, The University Of Connecticut Foundation Paid Clinton A "Jaw-Dropping" $251,250 To Speak On Its Campus. "Hillary Clinton's jaw-dropping $251,250 fee for a speech at the University of Connecticut brought the foundation that paid the bill into the spotlight. The public should get a closer look at all its spending. The University of Connecticut Foundation is a nonprofit that raises money for UConn." (Editorial, "UConn Foundation Must Reveal Spending Details," The Hartford Courant , 7/18/14)

  • In March 2014, The University Announced It Would Be Raising Tuition By 6.5 Percent For The Fall Semester. "The university plans to increase tuition by 6.5 percent for the fall of 2014, which is in the mid-range of the hikes permissible under a four-year plan that the trustees approved in December 2011." (Kathleen Megan, "UConn Says Deficit Won't Drive Up Tuition More Than Planned," The Hartford Courant , 3/26/14)

For Remarks At The University At Buffalo In The Fall Of 2013, Clinton Collected $275,000. "When Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to address the University at Buffalo, the largest campus of the State University of New York system, she negotiated a few requirements in addition to her pay of $275,000." (Philip Rucker, "University At Buffalo Paid $275,000 For Hillary Clinton Speech," The Washington Post , 7/16/14)

  • The Following Fall SUNY Trustees Voted To Raise Tuition Prices For SUNY Schools By $300 For Undergraduates. "Undergraduate tuition for most in-state residents at State University of New York campuses will rise to $6,470 in the 2015-16 school year - the final year of a five-year plan of annual $300 increases. As expected, SUNY trustees approved the tuition hikes at their November meeting Thursday in New York City, although the vote was not unanimous." (Jay Tokasz, "SUNY Trustees Approve $300 Tuition Hike," The Buffalo News, 11/6/14)

Students And Faculty Have Said Clinton's High Speaking Fees Are A "Poor Use Of Funds At A Time Of Steep Tuition Hikes." "But Clinton's acceptance of high fees for university visits has drawn particularly sharp criticism, with some students and academic officials saying the expenditures are a poor use of funds at a time of steep tuition hikes and budget cuts across higher education." (Philip Rucker and Rosalind S. Helderman, "At Time Of Austerity, 8 Universities Spent Top Dollar On Hillary Rodham Clinton Speeches," The Washington Post , 7/2/14)

Clinton's Speaking Contracts Demanded Lavish Hotels, Private Jet Travel, And Other Perks Be Provided At The Expense Of Colleges

Clinton's Contract For Her UNLV Keynote Included A List Of "Lavish Travel Requirements" And Insisted That There Be No Recording Of Her Speech. ABC'S 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 "Insists On Staying In The 'Presidential Suite' Of Luxury Hotels That She Chooses" And Jetting Around In A "$39 Million, 16-Passenger Gulfstream G450 Or Larger." "She insists on staying in the 'presidential suite' of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas. She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation - only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 or larger will do." (Laura Myers, "High Fashion, Expense For Hillary Travel," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/16/14)

Nevada Reporter Jon Ralston Said "Unless You're A Mindless Partisan," Clinton's Contract With UNLV "Should Disturb You." RALSTON REPORT'S JOHN 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. They were uncovered, as I said, by the [Las Vegas Review-Journal's] Laura Myers and published over the weekend. The contract reads as if Hillary is being given, yes, the royal treatment. Now it's bad enough the UNLV foundation folks agreed to that outrageous $225,000 fee as students struggle to make ends meet." (KSNV's "Ralston Reports," 6/24/14)

UNLV President Don Snyder Called Some Of Clinton's Demands "Distasteful." RALSTON REPORT'S JOHN RALSTON: "I assume you've read, the [Las Vegas Review-Journal] 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." SNYDER: "There's no doubt that some of the things in the contract I find distasteful." (KSNV's " Ralston Reports," 8/27/14)

At UCLA, Clinton Demanded That "Even The Smallest Details" Be Done To Her Liking, From The Food Spread In The Green Room To The Color And Style Of The Chairs Onstage. "The documents show that Clinton's representatives at the Harry Walker Agency exerted considerable control over her appearance and managed even the smallest details - from requesting lemon wedges and water on stage to a computer, scanner, and a spread of hummus and crudité in the green room backstage. Top university officials discussed at length the style and color of the executive armchairs Clinton and moderator Lynn Vavreck would sit in as they carried on a question-and-answer session, as well as the kind of pillows to be situated on each chair. Clinton's representatives requested that the chairs be outfitted with two long, rectangular pillows - and that two cushions be kept backstage in case the chair was too deep and she needed additional back support." (Rosalind Helderman and Philip Rucker, "Plans For UCLA Visit Give Rare Glimpse Into Hillary Clinton's Paid Speaking Career," The Washington Post , 11/26/14)

  • The University's Own Podium Was Rejected By Clinton's Team, Which Set Off A "Scramble" To Find Clinton A "Suitable Podium." "During a walk-through of Royce Hall five days before the lecture, the e-mails show, Clinton's team rejected the podium planned for her use during her 20- to 30-minute speech, setting off a scramble on campus to find a suitable podium and rent a new university seal to match." (Rosalind Helderman and Philip Rucker, "Plans For UCLA Visit Give Rare Glimpse Into Hillary Clinton's Paid Speaking Career," The Washington Post , 11/26/14)

At The University At Buffalo, Clinton Demanded "Final Approval" Of Every Detail Of Her Speech. "The potential 2016 presidential candidate's agent requested that the university provide 'a presidential glass panel teleprompter and a qualified operator,' that Clinton's office have 'final approval' of her introducer and the moderator of any question-and-answer session, as well as 'the sets, backdrops, banners, scenery, logos, settings, etc.,' and that the topic and length of the former secretary of state's speech would be at her 'sole discretion.'" (Philip Rucker, "University At Buffalo Paid $275,000 For Hillary Clinton Speech," The Washington Post , 7/16/14)

  • Clinton Made The University Pay For A Stenographer, And The Transcript Was For Clinton's Own Personal Use And Not Made Public. "The contract also required that the university pay a fee of $1,000 to have a stenographer transcribe Clinton's speech, but that the transcript be 'solely for [Clinton's] records,' and that the university was not permitted to tape the speech." (Philip Rucker, "University At Buffalo Paid $275,000 For Hillary Clinton Speech," The Washington Post , 7/16/14)

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: Clinton May "Want To Cut Back On Taking Six Figure Speech Fees." "If Hillary and her allies really want to cast her as either a) an average person or b) the voice of average people, they might want to cut back on taking six figure speech fees sometime relatively soon." (Chris Cillizza, "This Is An Epic Rant On Hillary Clinton's $225,000 Speaking Fee," The Washington Post's The Fix , 6/25/14)

The Money Bill Clinton Has Taken From Colleges As Part Of His Speeches Has Raised Eyebrows

The Los Angeles Times Headline: "Behind A Bill Clinton Speaking Engagement: A $1,400 Hotel Phone Bill And $700 Dinner For Two" (Evan Halper, "Behind A Bill Clinton Speaking Engagement: A $1,400 Hotel Phone Bill And $700 Dinner For Two,"The Los Angeles Times, 7/11/16)

In 2016, Documents Revealed That Bill Clinton Did A 2002 Speaking Tour At Various California Colleges Where He Did Six Events For $100,000 Per Speech. "He wouldn't. Bill Clinton collected $100,000 per speech for six events over the course of a week in November 2002." (Evan Halper, "Behind A Bill Clinton Speaking Engagement: A $1,400 Hotel Phone Bill And $700 Dinner For Two,"The Los Angeles Times, 7/11/16)

Bill Clinton's Speaking Contract "Demanded All Questions Receive Approval From Clinton Staff." "The fee hardly entitled audiences to a candid interaction with the former president. The contract with the two events at a speaker series affiliated with Foothill-Deanza Community College District demanded all questions receive approval from Clinton's staff." (Evan Halper, "Behind A Bill Clinton Speaking Engagement: A $1,400 Hotel Phone Bill And $700 Dinner For Two,"The Los Angeles Times, 7/11/16)

Bill Clinton's Contract Required That He Be "Shuttled By Private Jet From San Francisco To UC Davis" Which Is A 70 Mile Distance, A Requirement That Forced College To Appeal To Their Network Of Donors To Accommodate Such A Contract. "Clinton would demand in his contract to be shuttled by private jet from San Francisco to UC Davis, where he spoke at the Mondavi Center. The center had to appeal to its network of donors to find someone able to fly him the 70 miles, something it had never done and hasn't since. "That is the one and only time," said Jeremy Ganter, director of programming at the Mondavi Center." (Evan Halper, "Behind A Bill Clinton Speaking Engagement: A $1,400 Hotel Phone Bill And $700 Dinner For Two,"The Los Angeles Times, 7/11/16)

The University Ended Up Footing A $1,400 Hotel Phone Bill And A $700 Bill For A Dinner For Two. "Assurances from the Harry Walker Agency that they were 'reasonable expenses for a president traveling on the road for week' and that 'we have never had a client complain' provided little comfort to the event hosts. They ultimately got socked with the $1,400 hotel phone bill and $700 dinner for two." (Evan Halper, "Behind A Bill Clinton Speaking Engagement: A $1,400 Hotel Phone Bill And $700 Dinner For Two,"The Los Angeles Times, 7/11/16)


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