June 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton reportedly charged a Boys and Girls Club chapter $200,000 for an appearance, then left the premise without saying hello to children who benefit from the program.
The massive fee, which she donated back to her family foundation, was the largest the Long Beach, California, organization had ever paid a public figure for a speech, Politico reports.
By contrast, the club made $106,000 off the lunchtime, charity event – it’s lowest yield in 25 years. A contributing factor to the diminished proceeds: Clinton’s large entourage that took up seats that would have otherwise been sold to donors.
The details of the 2014 closed-press event were published in a Politico report today that cites a volunteer with the group as the source of the unflattering information.
Normally, speakers donate much of their honorariums back to the small, non-profit that has an annual operating budget of just $3 million.
The former secretary of state redirected her check to the Clinton Foundation, which raked in $262 million in 2013, according to a Washington Post assessment released earlier this year following the group’s latest disclosures.
That puts them in the ‘top ranks’ of non-profits when it comes to fundraising, expert Steven Lawrence of the Foundation Center told the Post.
That year, the global charity had an operating budget of nearly $84.6 million,CNN reported, with nearly 10 percent, $8.1 million, going toward travel and a sliver, $9 million, going to direct aid.
‘It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons,’ Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit watchdog, told the New York Post in April.
Another oversight organization, Charity Navigator, has the Clinton Foundation on a watch list over its spending. (read more)
Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.