First on CNN: Hillary Clinton set for Colorado trip in June
March 21st, 2014
05:30 AM ET
5 months ago

First on CNN: Hillary Clinton set for Colorado trip in June

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will continue her tour on the paid-speaking circuit when she headlines two June events in Colorado.

Since leaving the State Department in early 2013, Clinton has spent the last year collecting paychecks by keynoting events hosted by different interest groups and organizations around North America.

Clinton will head to Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 3 to keynote the annual meeting of the American Chemistry Council, a politically active industry trade association for chemical manufacturing companies. In 2012, the group spent 72% of the almost $500,000 they raised on Republican federal candidates, according the Center for Responsive Politics.

Clinton's speech – which will take place at the The Broadmoor, a swanky five star resort in the city on the edge of the Rockies – is sponsored by Accenture, a large consulting firm with contracts with the federal government.

On their website, the chemical trade group says their annual event "brings together the elite senior executives from U.S. and international companies in June to discuss the latest business, regulatory and legislative trends affecting the chemical industry."

The four day meeting costs members of the trade association $995 to attend, while "prospective members" are charged $2,095. Included in the confab is a slew of meetings and sessions, along with a "shotgun golf tournament" and "spa appointments" for spouses in attendance.

The former first lady, former senator from New York, and potential 2016 presidential candidate starts her Centennial State trip in Broomfield, Colorado – a suburb of Denver – where she will headline an June 2 event put on by Unique Lives & Experiences. This will be the second time Clinton will be featured by the nationwide speaker series. She is set to address a similar audience in San Jose on April 10.

Howard Szigeti, the event's promoter, said in January that the former first lady is a favorite of the group because of her life story and the "crowds she can command." In January, Szigeti, who said he had worked with Clinton before, would not discuss whether Unique Lives & Experiences was paying Clinton and said the speech would be closed to the press.

Tickets to the Broomfield event run from $50 to $200 and will take place at the 1st Bank Center – the current home of the Denver Roller Dolls.

Szigeti failed to respond to CNN's request for comment on the June event and while a spokeswoman for the American Chemistry Council confirmed Clinton's appearance, she advised CNN to "talk with Secretary Clinton's office about her schedule. "

Clinton's office failed to respond to CNN's request for comment.

Since leaving the State Department, Clinton has looked comfortable on the paid speaking circuit, where she is a highly sought after booking who likely earns in the six-figure range per appearance. The Harry Walker Agency represents Clinton on the speaking circuit.

Although Clinton has remained mum about whether she will run for president in 2016, that doesn't mean people have stopped asking. At nearly every speech Clinton delivers she is asked – in one way or another – about her future presidential ambitions.

This week in Montreal, for example, the former first lady said she had yet to make up her mind but added "of course I feel a deep sense of commitment to my country and its future."


Filed under: 2016 • Colorado • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Guns Over People tea potty bumpkin wingnuts are TERRIFIED of Hillary. Can't wait to see Grover Norquist and the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    March 21, 2014 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  2. Harold Read

    The sun rises... CNN posts another Hillary story.

    March 21, 2014 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Good luck on the road to 2016!!!!
    Go Hillary

    March 21, 2014 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  4. bussja

    Hasn't she done enough for the USA already? Time to retire and be there for her husband.

    March 21, 2014 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  5. wise guy

    Run rabbit run. Its comical how much the right hates this woman, I'm no fan, but, damn they flat out hate her. And they want you to vote for their guy, or else eight more years of nothing but BS investigations, record filibustering, and trying their very best to destroy our economy, it doesn't affect them, they're all rich. Stop the insanity!

    March 21, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.

    March 21, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Russian stock market dropped sharply ( 3% )yesterday as a result of Obama's new sanctions, bringing the drop to 10% since Putin's land grab. Give it some time wingnuts, and Putin will go back to being the disliked despot he was a few months ago.

    March 21, 2014 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I heard that Clinton is pulling down six figures a pop. Shucks, maybe I need to go on a speaking tour.

    March 21, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. Chris-E...al

    HIllary ex Secretary of state is into the paid speaking circuits with different speacial groups and Organizations who have contracts with the fed government ? Need i say more ?

    March 21, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |