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Hillary Clinton already nears $1 million in speaking fees

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is becoming popular on the paid speaker circuit, and at $200,000 a pop, the potential 2016 presidential candidate is fast approaching $1 million in her first year — more than five times her salary as America's top diplomat.

Clinton has already given two paid speeches and the Realtors have announced that she will headline their annual convention in San Francisco at the beginning of November. She is set to speak Saturday Nov. 9 at the Realtors Conference & Expo at the Moscone Center. She is also set to address the University of Buffalo in October.

Clinton is represented by the Harry Walker Agency whose list includes Bill Clinton, Bono, and Dick Cheney. Most reports put her fee at a minimum of $200,000 rising to as much as $750,000. As secretary of State, she made $186,600.

Driving the price and her popularity on the rubber chicken circuit is the expectation that she will run for president again. She is by far the most popular of the potential 2016 Democratic candidates. But she isn't breaking new ground with her speeches. In fact, her first, in April to the National Multi Housing Council, was closed to the press.

She also spoke to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids in June and has been featured at other venues, such as her husband's Global Initiative meeting.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

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