If she hits the campaign trail as expected, Americans will have all the Hillary Clinton speeches they could possibly want, but for now she charges $300,000, according to communications the Washington Post obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request. Emails about an appearance at UCLA earlier this year reveal that $300,000 is the reduced rate for public universities, and the Clinton team requested "coffee, tea, room temp sparkling and still water, diet ginger ale, crudité, hummus and sliced fruit," backstage. The meticulous planning included discussion of everything down to the color of the chairs, the emails reveal, and the university had to scramble to find a different podium after Clinton's team rejected one.
The fee, like others Clinton received from universities, went to the Clinton Foundation—and in one email, a UCLA official expressed amazement that Hillary was paid $50,000 more than husband Bill received for a 2012 speech. University administrators also discussed an email from a graduate wondering why UCLA was charging more than $250 for speech tickets. "In effect, this is a campaign appearance, as Ms. Clinton is undeniably looking into a presidential run in 2016," he wrote. "Why is a public university charging the public for the pleasure of providing Ms. Clinton the benefit of a high profile platform?" Officials looked up how much money the graduate had donated to the university and suggested not replying "unless he pushes."