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." (Read more Jill Kelley stories.)

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