Nevada Students Protest Outrageous Clinton Speaking Fee
$225K to see Hillary? Students say no way
Hillary Clinton is in hot water over a $225,000 speaking fee she will reportedly receive for an upcoming appearance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
UNLV students are demanding Clinton to return what they see as an “outrageous” speaking fee for an October event and have criticized the school for paying her so much money at a time when tuition is scheduled to spike by 17 percent over the next four years.
“We really appreciate anybody who would come to raise money for the university,” UNLV student body president Elias Benjelloun told a Nevada television station. “But anybody who’s being paid $225,000 to come speak, we think that’s a little bit outrageous. And we’d like Secretary Clinton, respectfully, to gracefully return to the university or the foundation.”Benjelloun said the potential 2016 presidential contender should donate her fee to the university.
But this wouldn’t be Clinton’s biggest speaking fee. The Wall Street Journal reports Clinton received $300,000 for speaking to students at UCLA in March.
Republicans have spread a video of student leaders slamming the university’s decision, hoping to paint Clinton as out of touch with working families, much the same way as Democrats attacked Mitt Romney for being too rich in the 2012 presidential campaign.
Clinton’s finances have been a topic of much discussion in recent weeks.
She faced backlash for saying she and husband Bill Clinton were ‘dead broke’ after his presidency.