Nonprofits have paid the Clinton Foundation up to $11.7 million over the past decade in exchange for speeches by Bill, Hillary, or Chelsea Clinton, according to a new Politico report.
Nonprofits have long paid speaking fees to attract high-profile speakers to events, but the Clinton payments have raised new questions about mixing politics and charities. It has also touched off debate about whether celebrities attract enough donations and visibility to nonprofit causes to warrant paying them substantial sums.
Amy Costello, founder and host of Tiny Spark, discussed these issues with Doug White, director of Columbia University's fundraising-management program, and Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel, who investigated the Clintons’ speaking fees.
In response to Politico's reporting, a Clinton spokesman told Ms. Costello that President Clinton often charges no fee for his speeches to charities and noted that many of the institutions that were charged fees were universities that have substantial budgets for paying people to lecture at campus events.
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