“It is tough to ask a guy to travel coach,” Castro’s agent writes…
One of the hottest issues coming out of the Democratic presidential primary was Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees. The press and her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), wanted Clinton to publicly disclose what she said behind closed doors, how much she was paid, and what other perks she did receive.
In 2014, Clinton’s list of behind-the-scenes requests for her speaking engagements (lemon wedges, sparkling water, crudité, and even specific pillow shape) risked painting her as an out-of-touch politician.
But documents obtained by NTK Network reveal Clinton is not the only high-profile Democrat who requires the finer things in life. Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro – who broke onto the national scene at the 2012 DNC convention – capitalized on his newfound fame by hiring the William Morris Agency to represent his new public speaking career and gave a series of speeches in 2013-14 earning him more than $150,000.
One speech, delivered on May 6, 2014 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, earned Castro $15,000, but that wasn’t all. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shows Castro was reimbursed $2,000 for round-trip airfare—a steep price by any standard for a flight into Columbus.
In email exchanges obtained through FOIA, Castro’s agent at William Morris requests a first-class ticket from the university official setting up the speaking engagement.
“It is tough to ask a guy to travel coach, can you handle a first class ticket?” the email reads.
When so many Democrats, including Clinton, decry the rising cost of tuition, it is puzzling that Castro’s agent would request a first-class ticket from the public university. A simple search of flights from San Antonio to Columbus finds many options from as low as $340.
Not unlike Clinton’s case, revelations like this risk making the 41 year-old HUD Secretary appear out of touch and “one-percent” in a Democratic Party dominated in 2016 by populist figures like Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). That’s particularly bad news for a young politician believed to be a “rising star.”
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