Following weeks of trying to recover from telling Diane Sawyer that she and her husband were “dead broke and in debt” when he left the presidency, Hillary Clinton is being assailed on Friday, June 27 by students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The former senator and Secretary of State, and potential 2016 presidential candidate, is scheduled to make a speaking appearance in October for the universities fund raising drive and is reportedly being paid $225,000. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton has made over $100,000,000 in speaker fees since leaving office in 2001.
The students are discontented with the fee, especially since they were hit with a tuition fee hike of 17% by the Nevada’s higher education board. A Clinton spokesperson told media that the fee would go to the Clinton Foundation and will not become part of her personal possessions. During an interview for the UK Guardian, Hillary said people “don't see me as part of the problem” of the 1% because she pays ordinary income tax and acquired their wealth through “hard work,” unlike “people who are truly well off.” The “hard work” she referred to was an advance of $8 million for her next book written by a professional writer, plus further speaking engagements.
Students say that paying Clinton such a huge sum when they are striving to raise money for the student’s foundation, especially when the foundation could benefit from those funds rather than the future presidential candidate. Critics of Hillary say she is out of touch with people who work hard to make $40,000 for a year when she calls making an appearance to speak for less than an hour, plus being paid a quarter million dollars, and calls that “hard work.” Like Obama, the Clintons say they are for the little guy and count themselves among them.