Chelsea Clinton follows parents into paid speaking circuit, earns $75K per appearance

Clinton's spokesperson: All Chelsea's speeches "are on behalf of the Clinton Foundation, and 100 percent of the fees are remitted directly to the foundation."
By JC Sevcik   |   July 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President of the United States Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has followed her parents into the family business, not of politics, but of public speaking, earning up to $75,000 per appearance on the paid lecture circuit.

Only last month, Hillary Clinton faced public criticism over the high price she commands for a public appearance by charging as much as $300,000 per speaking engagement, rubbing some the wrong way in the wake of her comments about being broke after leaving the White House.

A group of students at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada even threatened to boycott the former Secretary of State's appearance if she didn't return her $225,000 fee to the University, but Hillary claimed all her fees go directly to charity and her speaking appearances are actually helping address income inequality.

Like mother, like daughter -- Chelsea apparently also purportedly donates all of her proceeds from public speaking to the family's non-profit.

Chelsea Clinton's spokesperson Kamyl Bazbaz told the New York Times her speeches "are on behalf of the Clinton Foundation, and 100 percent of the fees are remitted directly to the foundation."

According to Bazbaz, the majority of her talks are unpaid, but Clinton, who earned a $600,000 a year salary as a correspondent for NBC news before she switched to a month-to-month contract, isn't hurting for funds.

Her parents' speaking engagements have netted the family -- who are all represented by the Harry Walker Agency, an agency also representing the likes of Al Gore and Dick Cheney -- over $100 million in the last decade alone.

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