This post was updated at 6:30 p.m.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kicks off a busy month Tuesday with a high-dollar paid speech to a Silicon Valley tech group, ending the low profile she’s kept since the holiday season.
The likely presidential candidate will address the Lead On Conference for Women in Silicon Valley Tuesday, for which she will reportedly be paid around $300,000. The address is the first in a series of appearances focusing on women's issues, which could become a key theme in her would-be campaign. (That figure is within the typical range for her paid speeches.)
Clinton will be a featured guest next week at an EMILY's List gala where she will receive the We Are EMILY award for her efforts advocating for women and families. The following week, she will keynote the Women's Empowerment Principles conference in New York, hosted by the United Nations.
In all, Clinton is slated to make more than half a dozen scheduled events in the coming month – including at least one other paid speech – ending the exceptionally light public schedule she's kept since the year began. The Post's Anne Gearan reported earlier this month on Clinton's conspicuous absence since the beginning of January:
“Hillary Rodham Clinton is everywhere and nowhere these days.
The subject of daily news stories and Republican attacks befitting her position as the 2016 Democratic front-runner, Clinton has made just two public speaking appearances since Christmas. Both of them were in the voter-rich state of Canada. She hasn't visited Iowa or New Hampshire since the November midterm election.
As she readies a vast campaign operation to be rolled out later this spring, Clinton is keeping an intentionally low profile. She isn't even an official participant in a Clinton Foundation event Tuesday at which her husband and daughter spoke.”
Clinton's candidacy for president is by this point a foregone conclusion for most political watchers. Reporters have closely followed pre-campaign movements by her and her allies, who have been quietly putting in place the core team for a national race.
But the timing of her official announcement remains unclear. Although she is expected to announce as early as this spring, it is also possible that she will wait until this summer to formally enter the race.