The University of Missouri at Kansas City, stunned by Hillary Clinton’s demand for $275,000 to headline its luncheon as it opened its women’s hall of fame in 2014, turned to a legendary figure to replace her: Chelsea Clinton.
As Hillary Clinton’s resume, devoid of any demonstrable achievements, depends on her marriage to a former president, so does Chelsea Clinton’s resume depend on the fame of the parents. That didn’t stop the university from paying her $65,000 for her appearance on Feb. 24, 2014.
According to the Washington Post, Chelsea Clinton’s image-makers made sure to edit marketing materials for the Clintons’ visit and also edit the introductory remarks of a high school student. Clinton’s handlers even supervised how much time she spent on campus.
Clinton’s schedule for the $65,000 fee included a 10-minute speech, a 20-minute Q and A, and a 30-minute session posing for pictures. Her spokesman, Kamyl Bazbaz, claimed that the fee was given to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. He added, “Chelsea is grateful to have the opportunity to speak at events like this while also supporting the work of the Clinton Foundation.”
The Post reported that in the e-mails between Clinton’s representatives at the Harry Walker Agency and the university, there was no mention of giving her fee to charity; the contract itself never mentioned anything like it. The contract did, however, require that the university show a list of attendees, including their occupations, titles and affiliations “for vetting.” The contract also demanded that Clinton have “final approval” of which media outlets could cover the speech.