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Hillary Clinton defends hefty speaking fees

Hillary Clinton Defends Hefty Speaking Fees

After a week of especially heavy criticism, Hillary Clinton is defending the hefty price tags on her university speeches. (Via Getty Images)

In an interview with ABC Friday, Clinton said she has given every penny of the thousands of dollars she's earned giving paid speeches over the last year and a half to her family's charitable foundation.

"All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation."

Clinton makes an average of $200,000 for each paid speech she gives. (Via The White House)

And, according to recent reports, she raked in even more from some of the top universities in the country. (Via Georgetown University)

The backlash over Clinton's expensive speeches hit its peak last week when students at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas requested that the former secretary of state return the $225,000 the school paid her for a talk she's scheduled to give in October. (Via Newsy)

From Ralston Reports: "You could give scholarships to thousands of students, benefit research on campus, give more students grants for research and studying. We think the students could really use this support from the $225,000."

Clinton certainly isn't the first politician to face this kind of backlash over speaking fees.

Back in 2010, Sarah Palin found herself in some hot water after students and other critics demanded to know how much she would be paid for a speaking engagement at a campus of California State University. (Via YouTube / Conservative New Media)

And Clinton's own husband, former president Bill Clinton, came under fire last month after a new report from The Washington Post revealed he had raked in a staggering $104.9 million for 542 speeches between January 2001 and January 2013.

All this focus on the Clinton's finances largely began after a comment she made during a June interview with Diane Sawyer. (Via CBS, CNN, Fox News)

ABC: "We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt."

When Clinton spoke with ABC Friday, she gave no indication she would return her fee for speaking at the University of Nevada, saying only that all her recent payments for speeches have gone toward The Clinton Foundation.

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for.good.or.evil July 05 2014 at 8:14 PM

"The Clinton Foundation"
is a laundering set-up so the Clinton's can avoid paying taxes.
Some of that money is spent for 'charity'
but most of it is funneled back around to the pockets of both Bill and Hillary and their daughter.
The same kind of scam the Clintons used when they transferred their houses to their daughter
in that 'living will' scam.

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the.golden.rule July 05 2014 at 6:59 PM

Hillary Chameleon will change her colors right before your eyes..!
What story will she tell you today.?

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and.then.what July 05 2014 at 7:57 PM

Still waiting
for old Hillary to list all her successes.
That is --
Besides making tons of money in "speaking fees".

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decorsbie July 05 2014 at 6:14 PM

I really want a female President but I just can't vote for Hillary.....too many lies before she gets in office!

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marcsmpsn July 05 2014 at 6:28 PM

and people worships these crooks, Go Figure about the I.Q. of John Q. Public

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comfy01 July 05 2014 at 6:38 PM

I'll pay her $200,00.00 to shut up and go away.

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wayne8734 July 05 2014 at 6:43 PM

Yeah,Hillary makes more for one speech than most Americans make in 5 yrs yet they aren't well off,she's in touch with the avg. America. lol lol

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Mongobmon July 05 2014 at 6:34 PM

Her fees just prove there are a lot of people with excess money to waste--they should spend the cash on something more useful. Nothing she says is worth listening to, let alone worth gobs of cash.

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skidrowtom July 05 2014 at 6:16 PM

Pleas America, let's agree..... No more Clintons, no more Bushs.

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MARTHA & PERRY July 05 2014 at 6:32 PM

a fool and their money are soon parted.

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