Condi Commands Same Speaking Fee as Ex-Boss

$150,000 price tag shows Bush may not be biggest star of his own administration

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 17, 2009 12:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – Condoleezza Rice isn't playing second fiddle to George W. Bush any longer: The former secretary of state charges a $150,000 speaking fee—the same as her old boss, The Hill reports. Rice will even get a jump on the former president later this month when she addresses the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan a month before he plans to.

The Washington Speakers Bureau reps Bush, Rice, and many other political heavyweights, including Laura Bush, who charges $75,000. David Plouffe, who steered President Obama to victory, costs $15,000—half of James Carville’s fee but more than Paul Begala’s $9,000 quote. All fees are negotiable, but Tucker Carlson still called his reported $10,000 fee “untrue.”

It costs $15,000 to get David Plouffe, architect of President Obama%u2019s historic presidential campaign, to deliver a speech.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast,File)
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton listen as U.S. President George Bush and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko hold a joint press briefing at the Presidential...   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is charging the same fee per speech as George W. Bush.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is charging the same fee per speech as George W. Bush.   (Getty Images)
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is charging the same fee per speech as George W. Bush.   (Getty Images)
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is charging the same fee per speech as George W. Bush.   (Getty Images)
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