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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 »

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 »

Romney on $374K Speech Fees: 'Not Very Much'

Romney fumbles common touch again

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is taking flak for a gaffe 37 times bigger than his bet with Rick Perry . The candidate, while discussing the possibility of releasing his tax returns , mentioned that his income includes "speakers fees from time to time, but not very much." Financial disclosure forms reveal that... More »

Clinton Speech Income Passes $75M Mark

Last year was his most lucrative ever

(Newser) - It turns out being an ex-president pays pretty well. In the 10 years since leaving office, Bill Clinton has made $75.6 million from speaking engagements, with last year standing as his most lucrative yet, according to disclosure forms Hillary must file as secretary of state. Bill earned $10.7... More »

Sarah Palin Has Earned At Least $12M Since July

And that's a conservative estimate

(Newser) - Sarah Palin can easily look back on her $125,000 salary in Alaska as chump change. Since quitting the governor's post in July, she's pulled in at least $12 million, reports ABC News . The number is based on public records and news accounts and could actually be much higher. More... More »

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