Hillary Clinton seems like she’s back to business – scheduling herself as a speaker for boards, colleges, and a bunch of other events, but not without making some bank while she’s at it.
Clinton joined the Harry Walker speaking agency, Axios first reported. Her fees are almost all in the 6-digit ballpark. Her husband, Bill, is also with the same agency, and gets paid as a speaker pretty well. Although the exact figures aren’t known, since 2001, she had been making upwards of a quarter of a million for speeches. Now that she was a failed presidential candidate, she is charging way more.
The Daily Mail reports:
The firm also represents Bill Clinton for speaking engagements, as well as several Clinton-linked figures, including longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines.
It isn’t known precisely what fee Clinton can command, but her average speech payday since 2001 was $235,000.
The former first lady has been keeping herself in the public eye, even as she has avoided popping up to contest rival President Trump at every turn during his explosive first 100 days.
This week, she reemerged to blame the FBI and Russian interference for her election loss.
‘If the election had been on October 27 I’d be your president,’ Clinton said, pointing to FBI director James Comey’s letter to Congress on October 28, hacked emails linked to Russia posted on WikiLeaks, and misogyny as the trio of reasons for her loss.
‘I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off,’ Clinton added
A source said in keeping with the project Clinton has met with some of the groups that have exhibited energy and activism since the hard-fought election.
In getting back on the speaking circuit, Clinton is getting back to a business that allowed her to rake in millions with minimal time commitments and no requirement she show up in an office every day.
From 2001 until her campaign, she and Bill Clinton banked $153 million through paid speeches, CNN reported.
The average payment was $210,795. Paying clients included financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, UBS, Bank of America, Meryl Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and other firms. She has also spoken to numerous universities, nonprofits, and associations.
Word that Clinton is once again hanging out her shingle comes after reports that former President Obama has begun inking contracts and accepting payment for speeches at $400,000 each.