Back in 2014, the University of Missouri at Kansas City who has a long-standing relationship with the Clinton family, wanted to bring Hillary Clinton in for a speech.
The former secretary of state speech would have been heard by attendees at the opening of the University’s Women Hall of Fame. Yet, with a boggling 275,000 dollars speaking fee, the spotlight fell on the former presidential couple’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
Chelsea Clinton, also the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation accepted the invitation for a price tag of 65,000 dollars that went entirely in the Foundation’s fund.
Not unlike the first choice, Chelsea proved a tough negotiator. Her fee included at large a ten-minute speech, a twenty-minute question and answer session and a photo session of half an hour.
The vice chair of the Clinton foundation had everything tightly set in place by her team. From who would introduce Chelsea to the water that had to be at room temperature, to keeping a tight oversight over the editing of press releases and the marketing materials.
Reluctant to the title of ‘daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton’, Chelsea asked that the flier promoting the opening event for the Women Hall of Fame tie her name to her position: vice chair of the Clinton Foundation.
Serious vetting was also foreseen in the contract. The University of Missouri at Kansas City was asked to provide Chelsea Hillary’s team with an attendee list as much as two weeks before the event. Coverage of the event was also regulated by Chelsea’s team who got to decide which of the news outlets would or would not participate at the Women Hall of Fame opening.
Despite all the regulations and the tightly negotiated contract, the event wound up with a mere 38,500 dollar in funding, compared to the 65,000 dollars that Chelsea Clinton required as a speaker.
Other candidates for the opening speech at the Women Hall of Fame would have included Gloria Steinem whose speaking fee was of 30,000 dollars. Journalist Cokie Roberts would have held a speech for 40,000 dollars, while Tina Brown and Lesley Stahl had set their price at 50,000 dollars each.
Nonetheless, officials of the University of Missouri at Kansas City stated that the opening event for the Women Hall of Fame was not meant as a fund raiser. Awareness and visibility were key factors in their choosing Chelsea Clinton as the main speaker at the event.
At the time, Chelsea Clinton was 33 and working with NBCNews as a special correspondent. Currently, Ms. Clinton is involved with running Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
While the very specific contract did not stipulate any reference to the speaking fee being diverted to charity, Chelsea Clinton declared that the 65,000 dollars went to supporting the work of the Clinton Foundation.
All documents that made this story public were obtained by the Washington Post.
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