One heartland university settled for former first daughter Chelsea Clinton to come speak at their school after they learned former secretary of state Hillary Clinton was out of their price range, a report says.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday the University of Missouri at Kansas City reached out to the elder Clinton to headline its gala luncheon opening its women’s hall of fame in February.
But when quoted a fee of $275,000, they sought other options. This lead to Chelsea for the comparatively modest fee of $65,000. Still, the fee quoted was remarkably more expensive than left-wing feminist Gloria Steinem at $30,000, and journalists Cokie Roberts ($40,000), Tina Brown ($50,000), and Lesley Stahl ($50,000) The Post gives the details from there:
More than 500 pages of emails, contracts and other internal documents obtained by The Washington Post from the university under Missouri public record laws detail the school’s long courtship of the Clintons.
They also show the meticulous efforts by Chelsea Clinton’s image-makers to exert tight control over the visit, ranging from close editing of marketing materials and the introductory remarks of a high school student to limits on the amount of time she spent on campus.
The schedule she negotiated called for her to speak for 10 minutes, participate in a 20-minute, moderated question-and-answer session and spend a half-hour posing for pictures with VIPs offstage.
“Chelsea was the perfect fit,” Amy Loughman, an alumni relations official, wrote in an email a few days later. “It created fantastic buzz in the community.” A spokesman for Chelsea told The Post that the fee paid by the university went to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. “Chelsea is grateful to have the opportunity to speak at events like this while also supporting the work of the Clinton Foundation,” said spokesman Kamyl Bazbaz, adding Chelsea was happy to “celebrate the legacy of women in their community.”
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The Post also noted Clinton made nine paid speeches on behalf of the Clinton Foundation in recent years, raking in between $370,000 and $800,000. The foundation has received between $12 million and $26 million in speaking fees.
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