Hillary Clinton planning two speaking engagements in Colorado in June
DENVER — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will continue her tour on the paid-speaking circuit when she headlines two June events in Colorado.
Since leaving the State Department in early 2013, Clinton has spent the last year collecting paychecks by keynoting events hosted by different interest groups and organizations around North America.
Clinton will head to Colorado Springs on June 3 to keynote the annual meeting of the American Chemistry Council, a politically active industry trade association for chemical manufacturing companies. In 2012, the group spent 72 percent of the almost $500,000 they raised on Republican federal candidates, according the Center for Responsive Politics.
Clinton’s speech — which will take place at the The Broadmoor — is sponsored by Accenture, a large consulting firm with contracts with the federal government.
On their website, the chemical trade group says their annual event “brings together the elite senior executives from U.S. and international companies in June to discuss the latest business, regulatory and legislative trends affecting the chemical industry.”
The four-day meeting costs members of the trade association $995 to attend, while “prospective members” are charged $2,095. Included in the confab is a slew of meetings and sessions, along with a “shotgun golf tournament” and “spa appointments” for spouses in attendance.
The former first lady, former senator from New York, and potential 2016 presidential candidate starts her Centennial State trip in Broomfield, where she will headline a June 2 event put on by Unique Lives & Experiences. This will be the second time Clinton will be featured by the nationwide speaker series. She is set to address a similar audience in San Jose, Calif., on April 10.
Howard Szigeti, the event’s promoter, said in January that the former first lady is a favorite of the group because of her life story and the “crowds she can command.” In January, Szigeti, who said he had worked with Clinton before, would not discuss whether Unique Lives & Experiences was paying Clinton and said the speech would be closed to the media.
Tickets to the Broomfield event run from $50 to $200 and will take place at the First Bank Center.
Szigeti failed to respond to a request for comment on the June event and while a spokeswoman for the American Chemistry Council confirmed Clinton’s appearance, she advised to “talk with Secretary Clinton’s office about her schedule. “Clinton’s office failed to respond to a request for comment.
Since leaving the State Department, Clinton has looked comfortable on the paid speaking circuit, where she is a highly sought after booking who likely earns in the six-figure range per appearance. The Harry Walker Agency represents Clinton on the speaking circuit.
Although Clinton has remained mum about whether she will run for president in 2016, that doesn’t mean people have stopped asking. At nearly every speech Clinton delivers she is asked — in one way or another — about her future presidential ambitions.
This week in Montreal, for example, the former first lady said she had yet to make up her mind but added “of course I feel a deep sense of commitment to my country and its future.”
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