During Hillary Clinton's recent book tour, she infamously claimed that she and Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House.
When the multimillionaire (finally) admitted the gaffe, she only made things worse: “We pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off.”
Then, when it was revealed that she was to be paid $250,000 for a speech at the University of Connecticut, she said that speaking fees she receives from colleges are donated to “charity.” (The Clinton Foundation)
What Hillary didn't say was that, in addition to her six-figure speaking fees, there are a “few”other demands contained in her standard contract:
- 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 (3) adjoining or contiguous single rooms for her travel aides and up to two (2) additional single rooms for the advance staff”
- She doesn’t travel alone, relying on an entourage of a couple of “travel aides,” and a couple of advance staffers who check out her speech site in the days leading up to her appearance
- Hillary will remain at the event no longer than 90 minutes; will pose for no more than 50 photos with no more than 100 people
In addition, included in the contract covering the former First Lady's upcoming October 13 speech in Las Vegas:
- “It is agreed that Speaker will be the only person on the stage during her remarks”
- There will be no press coverage or video- or audio-taping of her speech
- The only record allowed will be made by a stenographer whose transcription will be given only to Clinton
- The foundation, meanwhile, is prohibited from advertising the event on radio, TV or billboards
- Clinton staffers must approve in writing any promotional material
Not a bad gig. The once “dead broke” Hillary, while not among the “truly well off,” at least travels as if she were. All expenses paid, of course.