BACKSTAGE RIDER: Politicians

Hillary Clinton

In addition to banking six figures per appearance, Hillary Clinton had a few other pricey demands for businesses, trade organizations, and universities booking the former Secretary of State, according to her standard speech contract.

Clinton required a “chartered roundtrip private jet” that had to be a Gulfstream 450 or an even larger aircraft. The Gulfstream--which sells for nearly $40 million new--can seat up to 19 passengers depending on the jet’s outfitting (the plane can also sleep up to six).

As for hotel lodging, Clinton needed “a presidential suite” with a series of adjoining rooms for her travel aides. The speech sponsor was also responsible for providing Hillary & Co. with ground transportation and meals, as well as paying for the traveling party’s “phone charges/cell phones.”

While Clinton enjoyed the comforts of a Gulfstream, three aides had to slum it in on a commercial carrier (though the sponsor had to pay for first class and business class accomodations). The Clinton contract also stipulated that her host had to pay “a flat fee of $1000” for a stenographer to create “an immediate transcript of Secretary Clinton’s remarks.” However, the document noted, “We will be unable to share a copy of the transcript following the event.”

While Clinton once earned $285,000 for a speech, her average fee was in the $225,000 range.

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