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University of Buffalo Paid $275,000 For Clinton Speech

A contract between the University of Buffalo and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reveals not just a hefty price tag, but a diva-like list of demands.  The Clinton speech yielded over a quarter of a million dollars for the formerly “dead broke” Democrat.

Via the New York Post:

The State University of New York in Buffalo paid Hillary Clinton $275,000 for a speech last year and had to agree to a long list of demands that included approval of the moderator and stage set, according to the nine-page contract made public Wednesday.

The university — which had been refusing to disclose terms of the deal — caved in after a good-government group called the Public Accountability Initiative filed a Freedom of Information request.

The payment was higher than Clinton’s lowest speaking fee of $200,000 and raised eyebrows, even though the university said it was paid by its foundation, not taxpayer dollars.

Steve Brown, an investigative reporter for WGRZ explained earlier this month that when he contacted the University at Buffalo they said “we’re not going to discuss it.”

“University kids are facing tuition increases,” he explained.

“It doesn’t really look good.”

Brown elaborated by explaining that those University students who are facing tuition increases typically vote Democrat, and those increases likely do not sit well while Clinton collects a six-figure paycheck from their school for one speech.

Brown concluded, “It’s not a good first step if she’s going to run in 2016.”

What may be more of an optical detriment is the list of demands.  A list that included a mandatory “presidential glass teleprompter and qualified operator,” among other things:

The university had to provide 20 priority seats for her guests and staff, a $1,000 fee for a stenographer to provide a transcript that only Clinton would get, approval of the moderator, a limit of 50 photos totaling 100 people with VIP guests and limited advance advertising.

Clinton has been making top dollar on a speaking tour at eight different universities in the past year.  Those universities willing to disclose payments to the former First Lady, have them ranging between $225,000 and $300,000.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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