Leaked details from Hillary Clinton’s speaking contract with the University of Las Vegas will likely have the presumptive 2016 presidential candidate playing down accusations that she is out of touch with the American people.
The contract and supporting documents for her Oct. 13 speech at the university reveal that the former first lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State has grown accustomed to traveling in style.
Among the items requested in the contract, obtained by the Las Vegas Review Journal, are a private jet and a presidential suite.
Clinton, whose $225,000 speaking fee will go to the The Clinton Foundation, requires transportation to and from the speech aboard a private plane stipulated to be “a Gulfstream 450 or larger jet,” according to the Independent Journal Review. The contract also asserts accommodations for Clinton will be selected by her staff. According to the contract, the accommodations will include “a presidential suite for Secretary Clinton and up to three adjoining or contiguous single rooms for her travel aides and up to two additional single rooms for the advance staff.”
Those are standard demands for her speaking contract, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. The paper reports Clinton, though, will be picking up the tab for much of those expenses in Las Vegas although they are usually billed to the events.
News of the luxurious accommodations required by Clinton follows closely on the heels of news from the Daily Mail that she racked up thousands of dollars in expenses recently while on her book tour in Europe. The $55,000 in travel expenses included a $3,668 one-night stay in a suite at the Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris.
Many of those expenses were billed through the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department. As a former first lady, Clinton is entitled to a Secret Service detail and much of the money could have gone to pay for costs incurred as a result of that protection. The State Department has promised to investigate the charges.
Clinton began that book tour with a June 9 interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer in which she said she and her family were “dead broke” when they left the White House after Bill Clinton’s second term as president, according to the The Wire.
Robin Abcarian, writing for the Los Angeles Times the next day, called Clinton’s remarks “tone-deaf,” arguing that the Clintons, as former first family, had plenty of money-making opportunities upon leaving office.
Should Clinton announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential race, voters will inevitably take Clinton's lifestyle into consideration.
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