Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’s donated to her family’s foundation the huge sums she has earned in speaking fees at colleges for the last year and half.

In an interview with ABC News on Friday, Clinton responded to criticism about such fees by saying the money had gone to the Clinton Foundation for what she called its “life-changing and life-saving work.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Image source: AP/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Some students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have called for Clinton to return the $225,000 she is receiving for speaking at the university’s foundation dinner this fall.

Clinton said that as she travels the country, she is presenting new ideas to help strengthen the economy, which in turn, will help lower income inequality.

“It’s been my experience,” Clinton told ABC News, “that they’re not worried about my speaking or my household; they’re worried about their own. And that’s the kind of debate I think I’m furthering as I go around the country speaking.”

Clinton’s wealth has been under scrutiny since an interview last month in which she described her family as “dead broke” and in debt when husband Bill Clinton left the White House in January 2001. She later called that description “inartful.”

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