Clinton paid $275K for 2013 speech in Buffalo

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Posted: Jul 16, 2014 5:43 PM
Clinton paid $275K for 2013 speech in Buffalo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton received $275,000 for a 2013 speech to the University at Buffalo, and her contract included provisions for a teleprompter and final approval of the set and backdrop, the school said.

The university released a nine-page contract it signed with the Harry Walker Agency, which oversees Clinton's speeches. It was obtained through a freedom of information request by the New York-based Public Accountability Initiative, a public interest investigative research organization.

The university said in a statement Wednesday that no state funding or student tuition revenue was used to pay for Clinton's speech. It said the former secretary of state's fee was covered by ticket sales and other sponsorships and endowments.

The contract included several provisions, requiring the university provide a "presidential glass panel teleprompter and a qualified operator," and with Clinton's office having final approval of the person introducing her and the moderator of any question-and-answer session.

The agency representing the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate had approval of the "sets, backdrops, banners, scenery, logos, settings, etc.," and the topic and length of the former first lady's speech was at her "sole discretion."

The contract also requires the university to pay $1,000 to have a stenographer transcribe Clinton's speech but the transcription was "solely for the speaker's records." The university was not allowed to record the speech or broadcast it.

Clinton has given several paid speeches at universities since departing the State Department. She has said her fees have been used to support her family's philanthropic foundation.