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

(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."

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JT119
Nov 21, 2012 2:48 PM CST
People pretend not to believe or somewhat oblivious of how the real world works, like they say in hollywood, "it's either who you know or who you blow", why some people dont get too far is because they are not prepared to do certain things, with a woman using her assetts to achive, bad but could be considered normal, but, right now the men are giving them a run for the money its not like they dont have competition, the thing is who they have to compete against, and I am not talking about education or qualification, some times they are on par so education and qualification alone just wont do, they have to bring somthing else to the table, every other day you see or hear of some men in various proffessions comming out of the closet, then you realize he is using his bottom to get to the top, I say to any woman, you go out there and do what you have to do. footnote: this woman have what it takes to take what I have, but this is a high stake game, I am out
bewilderbeast
Nov 21, 2012 5:30 AM CST
What a wonderful world! The CEO is blatantly telling us he does business by hiring chicks to charm. Adds the cost onto the bill. All normal. Next, please. Like flies around a turd, lobbyists pollute our world. And the US military? Seems no matter how many battles you lose, no matter how much you embarrass the country, there's always a high-paying job in the weapons manufacturers and the lobby groups for dishonest soldiers. Watch: Petraeus will soon be earning way more than the CIA paid him. Soon HE'll be getting the $80m and the 5star hotel in Korea.
WHENWILLITALLEND
Nov 20, 2012 10:30 PM CST
Another Whore of Babalon, Is this what the Social World of the Military Elite is comprised of? Seems more like the old newsreels of Hitler and the Perone era in South America. How many more are tucked away in the crotches of those who we have given such power and control to. How could activities like this not be watched by some part of our government like the C.I.A.....Oh sorry, it was. Now back to square one on who's watching and protecting our country. And of course POTUS as she so refers to him....had to know, had to know. Just too close to the ejaculation...sorry I meant election.