College Also Dropping $9.5K on Private Jet for McConaughey
And possibly a "VIP Presidential" hotel suite
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2015 10:09 AM CDT
Matthew McConaughey encourages bidding on a fully-loaded 2015 Lincoln Navigator provided by The Lincoln Motor Company for a fundraiser on Thursday, April 16, in Austin, Texas.   (Photo by Jack Plunkett]/Invision for The Lincoln Motor Company/AP Images)
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(Newser) – The Matthew McConaughey/University of Houston brouhaha continues: McConaughey is giving the commencement speech at the school Friday, and it earlier emerged that UH is paying him $135,000 to do so. Now it turns out that on top of that, the school is paying $9,500 so that McConaughey can arrive via private jet, the Houston Chronicle reports; it may also pay for a "VIP Presidential" hotel suite and possibly two more "deluxe" hotel rooms if McConaughey decides to stick around for the night. Of the aforementioned $135,000, McConaughey is donating most of it to his nonprofit foundation, but $5,000 of it is considered an "expenses buyout" that covers things like meals, incidentals, and—yes, really—a "groomer." Click for more on the bizarre controversy, which also saw a shady talent booking agency receive $20,250 from the school.