Hillary Clinton's Speech Demands: Lemons, Hummus, $300,000

The former Secretary of State requires a few things before she agrees to deliver a speech.
Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Being an "in demand" public speaker has its perks, just ask Hillary Clinton. When the University of California Los Angeles inquired about bringing the former Secretary of State to its campus last Spring to receive an award and deliver a speech, it received a list of demands from Clinton's camp, the Washington Post reported. 

After agreeing to the speaking fee—$300,000, which Clinton donated to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation—a list was sent via email detailing what items would also need to be included for the March 5 speaking engagement to go forward. The requests included:

  • Lemon wedges and room temperature water 
  • An onstage computer, scanner, and teleprompter
  • Diet ginger ale
  • A platter of crudité and hummus in the green room
  • A custom podium
  • A lavalier microphone
  • Chairs with two long rectangular pillows
  • Two additional pillows for back support

The Post obtained the email exchange between the university and Clinton's handlers via a Freedom of Information request. 

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