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.
“The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation
more than once, until there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then
the offer of an honorarium,” said the former executive director, Sue
Veres Royal, who held that position at the time of the gala and was
dismissed a few weeks later amid conflicts over the gala and other
Ms. Nemcova then met with officers at the Clinton Foundation, Ms. Veres
Royal said. Afterward, she said, “Petra called me and said we have to
include an honorarium for him — that they don’t look at these things
unless money is offered, and it has to be $500,000.”
Bill Clinton, remember, is the asshole who insisted he'd keep giving speeches in iffy deals for multiple hundreds-of-thousands because 'I've got to pay the bills!' Because apparently the current $200-million-plus of their fortune won't cut it.