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Bush Quietly Earns $175K Per Speech

He uses confidentiality agreements to keep fees hush-hush

(Newser) - Bill and Hillary Clinton have been chastised for their hefty speaking fees while George W. Bush flies under the radar. The former president has made millions from at least 200 engagements in which he pocketed $100,000 to $175,000 for about an hour on stage, Politico reports. Among... More »

Hillary Clinton's Speaking Fee: $300K Plus Hummus

That's with university discount, UCLA told

(Newser) - If she hits the campaign trail as expected, Americans will have all the Hillary Clinton speeches they could possibly want, but for now she charges $300,000, according to communications the Washington Post obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request. Emails about an appearance at UCLA earlier this year... More »

Why Do Famous People Get Paid So Much?

Ex-politicians jump on the star gravy-train and cash in, George Packer observes

(Newser) - Harry Truman once said he could "never lend myself to any transaction, however respectable, that would commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office." But boy has that sentiment ever gone out of style. Bill Clinton made $17 million in speaking fees last year, and Hillary makes... More »

Hillary Hits the Speech Jackpot, Er, Circuit

Clinton is raking in the bucks, but dances a fine line with a 2016 run

(Newser) - For a paltry $200,000, Hillary Clinton will dish up such useful gems as, "Leadership is a team sport," and "A whisper can be louder than a shout." The former secretary of state is cashing in on the Clinton family business of speechifying, the New York ... More »

Bristol Signs $30K-a-Speech Deal

Palin heads to pro-life conference

(Newser) - Unwed momhood has rarely looked so good. Bristol Palin is following in her mom's footsteps with a lucrative speaking contract. A Palin family lawyer confirms to AP that Bristol has signed up with the Single Source Speakers and will receive up to $30,000 per engagement. Her first stop will... More »

Steele to Critics: Fire Me or Shut Up

Reports say donors shunning RNC because of its chairman

(Newser) - Michael Steele lashed out at his Republican critics today, telling them to “get a life” and “get out of the way.” Steele was responding to the hail of friendly fire he’s been taking lately, including today’s Washington Times report that donors are boycotting the RNC.... More »

Steele Slammed for $20K Speaking Fees

Predecessor in RNC post says his job 'is to give speeches'

(Newser) - Michael Steele’s been lining his own pockets with speaking fees of up to $20,000, capitalizing on his RNC chairmanship in a way past chairmen haven’t—and those past chairmen don’t approve. “Holy mackerel, I never heard of a chairman of either party ever taking money... More »

Iowans Recoil at Prospect of Paying for Palin

Conservative group is trying to raise $100K to lure her

(Newser) - An Iowa conservative group’s plan to lure Sarah Palin with a $100,000 speaking fee has annoyed fellow right-wingers. This is Iowa, after all, and most political contenders are happy to come for free. One GOP consultant in the state sees the move by the Iowa Family Policy Center... More »

Bush as Motivational Speaker? It's Not That Funny

Ex-president's new gig elicits generates mockery, some populist cred

(Newser) - George W. Bush's upcoming gig as a motivational speaker in Fort Worth has wags weighing in:
  • Jason Zengerle, New Republic: A bit "undignified," for sure, but remember that Bill Clinton and others make buckets of cash from speaking gigs. "At least Bush's buckraking is sort of populist.
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Lecture Circuit to Palin: Thanks, But No Thanks

Venues afraid ex-gov is a 'blithering idiot,' industry insider says

(Newser) - The lecture circuit isn’t sold on Sarah Palin. Though the ex-governor signed on with the prestigious Washington Speakers Bureau, which is hawking her services to the tune of $100,000 a speech, lecture buyers “are paralyzed with fear about booking her,” an industry insider tells the New ... More »

Palin to Make First Trip to Asia

Former gov will speak at Hong Kong investment conference

(Newser) - Once pilloried for her lack of foreign policy experience—except for Russia, which she said she could see from Alaska—Sarah Palin will make her first trip to Asia in September. The former Alaska governor will visit Hong Kong to address the CLSA Investors Forum, a prominent conference of global... More »

Condi Commands Same Speaking Fee as Ex-Boss

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

(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... More »

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