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Just to be clear, Fresno State says Hillary Clinton paid for Bill’s visit

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Monday.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Monday. ezamora@fresnobee.com

A few hours after former President Bill Clinton left Fresno State, where he was campaigning for his wife Hillary, the university sent out a message to its Twitter followers – Please note: US President #BillClinton was on campus today for a non-Fresno State event; he rented space in the (Satellite Student Union).

Were people complaining? Maybe conservatives or those opposed to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign?

No, said university spokeswoman Shirley Armbruster.

In an email, Armbruster said the the tweet was “just to make it clear that Fresno State was not a sponsor of the event.”

She was not aware of any complaints.

Bill Clinton came to Fresno Monday as part of a campaign swing through the state for his wife Hillary, ahead of the state’s June 7 primary election. As part of the event, university President Joseph Castro spoke.

Ambruster also said Hillary Clinton’s campaign “was charged our standard rates for an off-campus group to rent the SSU, plus expenditures like tech set up and interpreters.”

The university’s website says the Satellite Student Union can be rented for $150 per hour, with a two-hour minimum, or $1800 for all day. In addition, technicians are $13 per hour, and custodial services a minimum of $150.

It’s unclear what the final bill was for the Clinton campaign, but the event took several hours, and at least one technician is required to be in the building at all times.

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