Chelsea Clinton may be a lot younger, inexperienced and less politically proven than former Vice President Dick Cheney — but when it comes to speaking fees, she commands the same $75,000 he does.
The New York Daily News put it this way: “The former first daughter has never run for office, held a public policy job or done philanthropic work outside her family business. But that hasn’t stopped the speaking fees from rolling in. … At $75,000 a pop, the 34-year-old mom-to-be is pulling down the same fees as [Cheney].”
Ms. Clinton is also pulling in the same speaking fee level as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — and more than former White House presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who earns between $40,000 and $60,000, the New York Daily News reported.
The New York Times first reported Ms. Clinton’s speaking fees, but also clarified that she generally delivers most public remarks for free.
“We’re attracted to the incredible roles she’s taken on in her own career path,” said Kate Farrar, vice president of the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, which invited Ms. Clinton to speak about the Clinton Foundation last month, the New York Daily News reported. “She offered concrete advice about asking for what you want, not apologizing, really exploring your passion. She was really able to connect.”
The younger Ms. Clinton’s speaking fees came to light on the heels of several notable flubs made by her mother, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about the family’s lack of finances in the days that marked their White House exodus.