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June 17, 2015

Clinton Foundation Has Raised $11 Million in Speaking Fees From Nonprofits

Since 2001, the Clinton Foundation has taken in as much as $11.7 million in payments from smaller nonprofits from speeches by Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, according to Politico.

The Happy Hearts Fund, whose mission is to rebuild schools after natural disasters, tried to get Bill Clinton to speak for free at a gala last year but said it was told "they don’t look at these things unless money is offered, and it has to be $500,000.”

Marc A. Pitman, a nonprofit fundraising coach, said it isn't unusual for individual speakers with "star power" to charge a fee, but they are often expected to return a portion to the nonprofit in the form of a gift or sponsorship. But he said it is unusual for “a bigger nonprofit to raise funds by speaking to smaller nonprofits. I don’t know of any other foundation that collects speaking fees.”