“The Speaker May Request That Sponsor Pay for and Provide a Presidential Glass Teleprompter”

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July 16 2014 1:41 PM

“The Speaker May Request That Sponsor Pay for and Provide a Presidential Glass Teleprompter”

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Careful about speech-making particulars

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God bless the Public Accountability Initiative, which obtained a standard-looking nine-page contract between Hillary Clinton's speaking agency and the University at Buffalo. Carping about Clinton's speaking income feels like a silly season obsession—there was little of this when Rudy Giuliani, who raked it in before running for president, mulled his 2008 run. Still, contracts between large institutions and the world's most famous people are inherently funny. Six highlights:

- The Speaker may request that Sponsor pay for and provide a presidential glass teleprompter and a qualified operator.

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- It is agreed that the Speaker’s office via the agency shall have final approval of the introducer requested by Sponsor. If the agreed-upon itinerary for this engagement includes a moderated Q&A, it is agreed that Speaker’s office via the Agency shall have final approval of any moderator requested.

- If the agreed upon itinerary for this engagement includes a photo line, it is understood and agreed that the photographer will take one (1) photo of each person or couple participating in the photo line. It is understood and agreed that the Sponsor will provide each of the photo line attendees with a copy of the photo for their personal use only… any use of the photo that suggests or implies any [endorsement] is forbidden.

- The only approved speech title will be “Remarks by Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

- The reception prior to the speech will be closed to the news-media. [Ed.— “News-media?”] The Speaker’s speech plus moderated Q&A will be open to news-media… should the Sponsor seek to invite any members of the media as guests, the Sponsor shall provide the Agency with such guests’ affiliation with the Sponsor and receive the Agency’s agreement in advance of such invitations.

- The Sponsor agrees to pay a fee of $1,000 for the services of a stenography, who will be onsite at the event. The stenographer will transcribe Speaker’s remarks as they are being delivered, which shall be solely for the Speaker’s records.

When/if (let's be honest, when) Clinton finally runs for president, she gives this up. This languid pre-campaign period is her last great chance to get loaded.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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