When asked if she’d ever release transcripts or audio tapes of paid speeches she’s previously given, Hillary Clinton said Thursday during the MSNBC Democratic Debate she’d “look into it.”
Those speeches will likely never see the light of day and if she’s smart she will keep them under wraps. They are reported to be mundane and, worse yet, they were promotions for her sponsors.
According to leaked reports, Hillary’s speeches focus on sponsors and industries. She’s a living and breathing donor commercial.
In July 2015, Elizabeth Williamson of The Wall Street Journal dove into some of the speeches Clinton delivered after she left the State Department and before she entered the Democratic presidential race.
In 2014, Clinton was paid $225,000 to speak about the role of food in diplomacy with the United Fresh Produce Association. An attendee secretly recorded her, WSJ reports, and Clinton talked about things like asking for “nuts” and “the occasional cookie” during meetings she attended around the world as secretary of state.
In January 2014, Clinton received $325,000 for a speech to the National Automobile Dealers Association, where she admitted “the last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996,” and talked about her yellow Fiat that was stolen in Arkansas in the mid-1970s.
In March 2015, Clinton earned $260,000 for speaking at the American Camp Association’s tri-state conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she announced: “Adults need camp, too.”
Speeches, Williamson said, were for her sponsors, their guests and paid ticket holders in most cases and they appeared to be feathering each others’ nests though she said during the debate last night that the speeches weren’t tied to favors.
Hillary has air-tight contracts that prevent people from in any way recording or preserving her speeches but the occasional hidden recording has surfaced.
The $675,000 she received for three speeches at Goldman Sachs was a bargain compared to what she charged some colleges.
When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school asked if public universities get a reduced rate.
The answer from Clinton’s representatives was that $300,000 is the “special university rate.” It was special. Public university speeches cost a lot more than the Wall Street speeches. They got three speeches for $675,000. Universities should lower tuitions and forgo the exorbitantly-priced speeches.
The Washington Post secured the information about the UCLA speech through a FOIA request.
The documents show that Clinton’s representatives at the Harry Walker Agency micromanaged the smallest details — from requesting lemon wedges and water on stage to a computer, scanner, and a spread of hummus and crudité in the green room backstage, the Post reported.
No doubt it was at the direction of Hillary, the woman who would be queen, not grandma.
The university officials did some hand-wringing over the armchairs and pillows Hillary would sit on during the Q & A. Hillary must have a lavalier, a teleprompter and 2-3 downstage scrolling monitors. Even her podium had to be exactly right.
We know that she can get confused.
The Las Vegas Review Journal obtained her contract for a speech at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014.
According to her standard speaking contract, Clinton remains at each event no longer than 90 minutes; poses for no more than 50 photos with no more than 100 people; and won’t allow any press coverage or video- or audio-taping of her speech.
She insists on staying in the “presidential suite” of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas.
She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation — only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 or larger will do, the Journal reported.
And she doesn’t travel alone. Travel aides accompany her and advance staffers arrive before the speech.
The university foundation was prohibited from advertising the event on radio, TV or billboards. Mail and website ads are allowed, although Clinton staffers must approve in writing any promotional material. One unhappy UNLV Foundation official in an email complained of “meddling” after Clinton’s agency edited a description of the annual dinner to “dumb it down.”
Clinton demands approval of all website material before it hits the Internet.
The only record allowed was made by a stenographer whose transcription was only given to Clinton. The stenographer’s $1,250 bill, however, went to the UNLV Foundation.
In a recent town hall with Anderson Cooper, Hillary was asked if she had to charge $675,000 for three speeches and she said, “eh, Well, I don’t know, that’s what they offered.” That doesn’t ring true, does it?
During last night’s debate, Hillary said she didn’t change a vote because of any speaking fees she received. Her foundation business might indicate otherwise, especially that uranium deal. What we know for sure is she got paid a king’s ransom to be a walking advertisement for her sponsors.
The Washington Post expounded on her “blind greed” and “feigned obliviousness” in the now-famous exchange with Anderson Cooper as she “let out another whopper”.
CLINTON : You know every secretary of State that I know has done [paid speeches].
COOPER: But (inaudible) for office they’re not running for an office…
CLINTON: Well, I didn’t know…
COOPER: … have known.
CLINTON: To be honest I wasn’t — I wasn’t committed to running. I didn’t know whether I would or not.
COOPER: You didn’t think you were going to run for president again?
One question? Why would anyone pay her at all for a speech? That’s on them. Everyone knows she demanded exorbitant fees because she’s greedy and she lies about it. Worse than that, she attacks people who question her like she did to Bernie. It’s what she did during the bimbo eruption.