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In his column, "Susan Herbst's $251,000 date with Hillary Clinton," (July 4), David Collins took both UConn and Hillary Clinton to task regarding the $251,250 fee that Clinton received for an April speaking appearance. This was a huge sum and Collins' scrutiny was warranted. The article noted that the funds were not provided by UConn but by the UConn Foundation.
What I have an issue with is Collins' assertion that Clinton's appearance was "greedy and self-serving." In an interview with ABC News the day the article appeared, Clinton explained: "All of the fees have been donated to the Clinton Foundation for it to continue its life-changing and life-saving work. So it goes from a foundation at a university to another foundation." The Clinton Foundation funds major initiatives in the U.S. and around the world.
Collins had a legitimate issue with what the foundation did with the $251,250 but he missed the mark completely concerning Clinton's motivation and use of the fee.