Does anyone know what Marc Cuban said about Hilary's speeches on the trail this weekend.
In addition to calling Trump a jag off he defended her Wall Street speeches. I just want to know his take since my defense doesn't convince anyone. I just say she was a private citizen and was entitled to make a living.
It doesn't make them "beholden" to the venue. Someone as important as Hillary makes a really big fee when she speaks. Lesser known writers make $20K for a talk (plus expenses), and I forget what the members of the cast of Jersey Shore commanded to "speak" to an audience.
This is just another case of one standard for Hillary and a different standard for EVERYONE else represented by the Speakers Bureau.
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Damn that's good. Gives me some ideas to be more effective with the question. Maybe something like this. I imagine the speaking fees on the lecture circuit are equal to the qualifications of the speaker. What you have here is an ex first lady, an active one going to Beijing conference, an ex Senator from New York and an ex Sec of State. So these qualifications allow her to command larger speaking fees. Just like I'm sure E. Warren had a salary but if she ever leaves the senate I imagine her speaking fees at Harvard if she ever went back to lecture would probably be 2-3x what they were when she was only a professor.
then it's good to have those relationships in place.
Occupy expressed discontent but Hillary will have the power to make things move
for her to make money.
like Goldman bring in these high-profile speakers is for their own marketing/public relations, both internal and external. It's a perk to their employees to get to hear the famous person speak, and it's a draw to potential clients to use a firm that does things like this, even if they themselves don't hear the speech. Clients are obviously important to companies, but so are very competent professional staff are as well, and these types of things are a lure to them. The speakers are there to engage, or entertain, or inform, not share top secret info with them or act as consultants.
Hillary is one of the best known individuals in our 7 billion population: given her experience, it should be a surprise to no one that many companies would be thrilled to have her as a speaker. If they were willing to pay a large amount of money for some famous male to speak to them, why shouldn't one of the world's most famous women be paid as much as him, if not more? Would it be wrong for Serena Williams to be paid more than Michael Phelps to give a speech? If they thought her stated fee was too much for them, they would have looked for someone else: it's not like they were being blackmailed by anyone. And as you said, she was a private citizen.
Leaving aside the bad actors who obsess about this merely as an attack on her, one of the difficulties that some people likely have about this is that they see these large dollars involved and can't conceive of someone paying that much money without an ulterior motive. But for the companies that hire such speakers, the money spent is actually not significant.
Regarding Cuban, here's a link to his speech. He's the first speaker, and goes for about 15 minutes. I jumped around it a little, but didn't hear a reference to the speeches.