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What happened? Hillary’s speaking fees drop like a rock, Rutgers paid more to hear ‘Snooki’

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Apparently people may be a tad tired of hearing Hillary Clinton explain “What Happened.”

The failed Democratic presidential candidate made an appearance at Rutgers University on Thursday, spouting the now predictable excuses for why she lost the election. And just to update: it is still not her fault.

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But the former secretary of state may soon have another issue to gripe about. Turns out, she was paid $25,000 to speak at Rutgers about “politics, American democracy and her role in shaping women’s political history,” NJ.com reported.


“To some, this sounds like a nice chunk of change, especially considering that Clinton probably talks for free about ‘politics, American democracy and her role in shaping women’s political history’ every five minutes,” the publication noted, adding that the figure is basically “chump change.”

Now Clinton can add the ignoble accomplishment of being paid $7,000 less than Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, of “Jersey Shore” fame, who was awarded $32,000 for her 2011 Rutgers appearance. And that gig was paid for by students using money from student activity fees.

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Polizzi may not have shared any political tidbits during her appearance but she did advise students: “Study hard, but party harder.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison was paid $30,000 to speak at the university in 2011, seven years before Clinton if one wants to calculate rising costs and inflation. Former White House press secretary and PBS journalist Bill Moyers also made an appearance at Rutgers in 2015 and was awarded $35,000 to speak, according to NJ.com.

Back in 2008, Clinton was reportedly paid $225,000 by the futures brokerage firm CME Group, according to Fox News. Clinton’s speaking price tag was $275,000 at one time, a fee the University of Missouri had to pass on for a gala luncheon in 2014, according to The Washington Post.

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Of course, the former first lady was probably not too worried about the fee at Rutgers, where she arrived Thursday with evidence of her injury from her recent trip to India. It seems her book “What Happened” sold 300,000 copies in just its first week of release, according to Time magazine.


As NJ.com noted, 6,500 available tickets for the Rutgers appearance were gone in 30 minutes with more than 3,000 people still on a waitlist when the event began.



Frieda Powers


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