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The right-wing rag The New York Times, in their ongoing quest to bring about a Republican Dynasty, has another story about the Clinton Foundation. Here are excepts from yesterday’s article:
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund. The gala cost $363,413. But the real splurge? Bill Clinton.
The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 event after Ms. Nemcova offered a $500,000 contribution to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening’s net proceeds—enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.
You’d think the words “Czech model” would have been sufficient to lure Bill to the event, but amazingly, he wanted more. To get him to an event where he’d be presented with a mug that said, “World’s Swellest Guy,” he needed a different kind of check, one amounting to half of what Dr. Evil asked for not blowing up the world. We’d hate to see the money wasted on schools when CEO Donna Shalala would know so much better how to use it.
But sadly, not every charity can afford Bill, especially if his ball and chain winds up in the White House. So many charities need to find others on whom to bestow honors. Maybe they could honor you? Frankly, I’d go for less than Bill’s fee. If there’s any charity that needs to honor someone for an evening, I’m willing to do it for an airline ticket, $1,000, and all the Dr. Pepper I can drink.
As a public service, let’s make this post into a bulletin board for charities. What’s your set fee to be honored as “Person of the Year,” “Lifetime Achievement,” or “Most Likely to Succeed”? Say, Mac and Wally: How much would you charge to be honored by the Humane Society?