Jill Kelley Wanted $80M for Lobbying Gig: Report

Energy company president says he was shocked

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 18, 2012 3:48 PM CST
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(Newser) – The price for hiring Jill Kelley as a lobbyist? A mere $80 million, according to a businessman who says he tried to negotiate an agreement with her, the Daily News reports. Adam Victor, president of a New York-based energy company, says he wanted her to lobby South Korea's president for a $4 billion project. "The only reason we talked to her was General Petraeus—1,000%," says Victor. "The magic name was Petraeus. And it was coming from third parties, as well as from her."

Petraeus had, in fact, helped Kelley get her appointment as a South Korean consul—an honorary gig that paid nothing. So she hit up Victor for a 2% fee that amounted to $80 million: "I immediately said, ‘Whoa!'” Victor recalls. "The Goldman Sachs of the world get 1.5%. She wanted a counter-offer. We declined." Even the usual $1 million payment for such a job would have helped Kelley, who faces $250,000 in credit card debt and foreclosure on her $1.8 million home. But Victor says she still impressed him: "She is a very vivacious, pretty woman who is not shy and very confident in her femininity."

In this Nov. 13, 2012, file photo, Jill Kelley leaves her home in Tampa, Fla.
In this Nov. 13, 2012, file photo, Jill Kelley leaves her home in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
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