Hillary Clinton weighs in on speaking fees, Supreme Court rulings
July 4th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
9 years ago

Hillary Clinton weighs in on speaking fees, Supreme Court rulings

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Friday she's donated her speaking fees from colleges and universities over the past year and a half to her family's foundation.

In an interview with ABC News, Clinton also weighed in on immigration, as well as the Supreme Court's recent rulings thwarting Obamacare mandates that require certain employers to cover contraceptives.

Speaking fees donated

Amid criticism about her personal wealth and the sky-high speaking fees she collects from colleges, Clinton said "all of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work."

Her comments come as students at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas are asking the former secretary of state to return her $225,000 fee for an upcoming speech in October.

Her hefty speaking price was unwelcome news to the students, who learned last month that Nevada's higher education board had decided to raise tuition by 17%.

The university, however, said the speech was being funded by private donations secured by the school's foundation, not from the university's operating budget.

A Clinton aide told CNN last week that the UNLV speaking fee would go to the Clinton Foundation, not to the former first lady directly.

But her comments in the ABC News interview go further in saying that she's donated all university speaking fees to her family's organization.

"So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation," she said.

Clinton has been hammered in recent weeks by Republicans over remarks she's made about her family's personal wealth.

Asked if the foundation would return the money to UNLV, Clinton gave no indication that she planned do so, according to ABC.

“It’s been my experience,” Clinton said, “That they’re not worried about my speaking or my household, they’re worried about their own. And that’s the kind of debate I think I’m furthering as I go around the country speaking.”

Clinton, who's considering another presidential bid, is currently in Europe promoting her new book, "Hard Choices."

Supreme Court rulings, immigration

Days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of family owned Hobby Lobby - which protested the federal mandate requiring certain employees cover contraceptives in health care plans - the high court angered many Democrats again, letting Wheaton College avoid the mandate, as well.

Clinton called the latest development “a serious breach of a woman’s right,” and urged Washington to take action.

"There has to be some action taken, in the Congress or by the executive to try to clarify what the court just did,” she said.

On the situation at the border involving an influx of immigrant children trying to get into the United States, Clinton said they should not be allowed to stay in the country.

“If they do make it they cannot believe they have any opportunity to stay. They have to be processed appropriately and then returned,” she said.

CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Immigration • Supreme Court
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. romymon

    Hillary Clinton donates her hefty speaking fees to her favorite charity–herself! Clinton Family Foundation my foot! Donate the money you earn making speeches to help homeless veterans and other poor Americans instead, you hypocrite!

    July 4, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Wes

    What a disaster.

    July 4, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    I don't care what the GOP BS machine says about Hillary , she's WAY BETTER than ANY GOP moronic canadate, their the same as last time and we all know what Hamden to president Romney , HE LOST!!!!!

    July 4, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Chris..E.al

    Hillary should just get her a talk show and be done with it and those that want to tune in can watch her reruns 24.7 and freeze the screen to her image burns into the background

    July 4, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Fire the GOP

    We're a capitalist society. It's the law of supply and demand. If whoever invited her to speak didn't want to pay that much for her they don't have to. And of course she could decline.

    Like Sarah Palin....if her supporters want to pay her to tell them they are "American Patriots"' hen so be it. I'm no fan of Palin but if I had that ability to exploit I would too.

    July 4, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    –SC ruling is so sickening. Deprivation of women's rights. Shame. Yes, we need to cut out immigration for at least twenty years or so, freeze it. Foreigners are invading buying medical degrees in India and coming here. This needs stopped.

    July 4, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Here's a difficult assignment for you. Prove one word you say. Instead of just spewing, prove it. Fact is you cannot. Your just spewing adding more stench to the air.

    July 4, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The truth is........the "family" are all drawing large salaries from their "foundation", including Chelsea.

    The Clintons have been living off of their political connections for years, and getting wealthier by the day.

    July 4, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Smitty

    Hildabeast, please just go far away

    July 4, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Gunderson

    Hillary speak. Agree, for once with Bill Maher. Of course Edward Snowden have right to mount public defense. So did Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

    July 4, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Gary

    I'll start complaining about Hilary's wealth when her numbers come close to the republican congressman from California. You know, whats his name? Isis or something like that.

    July 4, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Dumbas[R]ocks

    "The Clintons have been living off of their political connections for years, and getting wealthier by the day."

    I do hope so. Especially if that hammers your balls against the pavement.

    #1 There is clearly a market for what they are providing. So they operate within the free-market. What's your point?

    #2 If you are complaining that they are richer than your [R] anti-heroes, then that says something about the relative 'demand' in that market for your [R] regressivism.

    Read it and weep you anti-free-market Cossack. Choke on it this 4th.

    July 4, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Michigan patriot

    What a joke, she just paid herself anyway.

    July 4, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. steve

    I have and always will believe Hilary is unelectable. Thank god the dems nominated Obama or we would have president McCain and be in dozens more wars with a Dow still a 7k instead of 17k.

    July 4, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Danny

    Wow. She's donated fees to her own family's foundation? Isn't that special!

    Another phony, greedy, spin-driven politician. Nothing more. (Recall that phony Southern drawl she used throughout the 08 campaign?)

    At this point, speaking as an Indie, neither party has (or likely will have) a candidate for whom I'd vote. Goes double for Congress.

    July 4, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. DemsRule

    The Waffle House waitress speaks... again!
    Don't worry Hillarybots, she'll flip/flop on everything to remain popular. Just ask the poor NPR reporter that got blasted by Hillary after they asked her about her gay marriage flip/flop.

    July 4, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |