Former Secretary of State and expected 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is poised to get paid $225,000 to speak at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, leaving some students outraged.
Former Secretary of State and expected 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is getting paid $225,000 to speak at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in October — yet she has been asked by some student leaders to return the fee.
The event at which Clinton will speak is intended to raise money for the UNLV Foundation. Clinton’s fee will go towards the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
UNLV student body President Elias Benjelloun said that he wants to see Clinton return part or all of the money to students.
“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,” said Daniel Waqar, the student government’s public relations.
Students are especially incensed because their tuition fee has increased 17 percent over four years.
The student leaders on Friday sent a letter to Hillary Clinton’s family foundation asking that she “do what is right” and donate all or part of her fee for addressing the UNLV Foundation back to the university for student benefit.
Clinton typically draws about $200,000 for speaking engagements to private companies, but some critics objected to charging an education institution.
The letter, addressed to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation in New York, was written on behalf of 23,000 undergraduate UNLV students, represented by Student Body President Elias Benjelloun, who co-signed the letter.
There was no immediate comment from Clinton’s spokesman.
Clinton was criticized Friday by the Republican National Committee, which noted that her UNLV speaking fee is “more than four times what the average Nevadan makes in a year.”
In interviews, Clinton has said she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House and that the couple is “not truly well off” compared to the ultra-rich. Her comments have drawn scorn from Republicans, who suggest she’s out of touch with regular Americans.
On Friday, the Washington Post published a front page story headlined: “How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches.” The story gave details on the fundraising blitz the Clintons have been on since leaving the White House in 2001.