Hillary Clinton was too rich for their blood, so a Missouri university decided to bring in her daughter Chelsea instead — for a whopping $65,000.
The University of Missouri at Kansas City was opening a women’s hall of fame and hoping to land the former secretary of state in early 2014 — but got sticker shock at her $275,000 speaking fee, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post.
“Yikes!” one official at the university emailed another about Hillary Clinton’s asking price.
Her speaking agency stipulated that she’d speak for 10 minutes, answer questions for 20 and pose for pictures for a half-hour.
The contract gave her final say over the whole event, including who would introduce her and a demand for “room-temperature water” onstage, and her aides closely edited press releases, marketing materials and the speech introducing her, according to the newspaper.
Clinton’s representatives asked that a mention of her as former President Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter be deleted from one news release and that her title of vice chair of the Clinton Foundation be added beneath her name on an online flier.
The contract also required the university to give Clinton’s team a full attendee list two weeks prior to the even “for vetting,” and also gave Clinton’s team “final approval” over which news outlets were allowed in to cover the speech.
At the time she gave the speech, Chelsea Clinton, then 33, was working as a special correspondent for NBC News, pulling in $600,000 annually. She left that position last summer and is now involved in her mother’s campaign.
The university went with the former and potentially future first daughter over some other big names who were asking for less money — including feminist icon Gloria Steinem ($30,000) and journalists Cokie Roberts ($40,000), Tina Brown ($50,000) and Lesley Stahl ($50,000) — according to the report.