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You can't make this up
« on: May 22, 2007, 02:32:29 AM »

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Edwards charges $55,000 to speak to UC Davis students about poverty

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who as a Democratic presidential candidate recently proposed an educational policy that urged "every financial barrier" be removed for American kids who want to go to college, has been going to college himself -- as a high paid speaker, his financial records show.

The candidate charged a whopping $55,000 to speak at to a crowd of 1,787 the taxpayer-funded University of California at Davis on Jan. 9, 2006 last year, Joe Martin, the public relations officer for the campus' Mondavi Center confirmed Monday.


That amount -- which comes to about $31 a person in the audience -- included Edwards' travel and airfare, and was the highest speaking fee in the nine appearances he made before colleges and universities last year, according to his financial records.

The earnings -- though made before Edwards was a declared Democratic presidential candidate -- could hand ammunition to his competition for the Democratic presidential nomination. The candidate -- who was then the head of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina -- chose to speak on "Poverty, the great moral issue facing America," as his $55,000 topic at UC Davis.

That could cause both parents and students to note some irony here: UC Davis -- like the rest of the public University of California system -- will get hit this year by a 7 percent tuition increase that likely hits many of the kids his speeches are aimed at helping.

We wondered if this is Edwards' going speaking rate, and how come he didn't offer to do it gratis for a college, particularly a public institution.

But Martin of the Mondavi Center said that "as with any other performer, (the speaking fee) has to be negotiated, and there are a long list of considerations ... some of our speakers get more, and some get less."

He said UC Davis' Mondavi Center paid Edwards because at the time "he wasn't a (presidential) candidate and from our point of view, he was a speaker of interest that people in the community were clearly interested in ... we feel it's our mission to present those speakers."

Edwards spoke to at least two other California universities and colleges, both private.

He appeared at Stanford University, where he spoke on April 26, 2006; the Palo Alto institution paid him $40,000 to deliver his talks, according to financial records. And Edwards also headlined at the former University of Judaism -- today the American Jewish University -- in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2006, where he debated former Speaker Newt Gingrich before about 5,000 people. According to financial documents, the candidate received a fee of $40,000 at that appearance.

And the college and university gigs apparently added up on the bottom line for Edwards.

In 2006, records show Edwards made more than $285,000 speaking to nine colleges and universities, charging between $16,000 and Davis' $55,000 for his talks. They ranged from the $12,000 he got on Jan. 10, 2006 from Gonzaga University Law School in Seattle to the $40,000 he banked from the University of Texas Pan American Foundation on May 22, 2006. Other schools that have paid Edwards to speak before he was a declared presidential candidate: Hunter College in New York ($35,000), Mount Union College in Ohio ($16,00) and Vanderbilt University in Nashville ($40,000


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Re: You can't make this up
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2007, 05:22:31 AM »
LOL

It almost makes the 16.1 million Rudy made on the 9/11 lecture circuit last year look saintly.

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Re: You can't make this up
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007, 03:41:45 PM »
I'd do it in a heartbeat if I had the opportunity.  Why play poor mouth when you've got something that everyone wants and is willing to pay big for it.  It wouldn't make me sorry in the least.  And if it came down to it, you'd take the money too.  Don't try to kid anyone differently.

LOL

It almost makes the 16.1 million Rudy made on the 9/11 lecture circuit last year look saintly.
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Re: You can't make this up
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2007, 04:25:27 PM »
I can see getting paid for travel and lodging, but that is just rediculous.

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Re: You can't make this up
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2007, 04:35:36 PM »
When the right wing nutjobs are too busy trying to paint John Edwards as some sort of money grubbing demon, realize that Rudy took in $16.1 million on the lecture cicuit last year alone.

P.S.- ask how much each student paid for the lectures.  It's something like 31 whole US dollars per student.  Not exactly newsworthy, but when you are trying to demonize someone you have to play with the numbers and ignore the facts.

Not exactly the same as starting up a consulting firm 3-4 months after 9/11 to clear conflicts of interest concerns so he could hit the lecture circuit, to the tune of $16.1 million in last year alone.

Profiting $16.1 million from 9/11, and all the right wingers want to do is talk about Edwards charging $31.00 a student for his lectures about poverty.

Totally out of whack, but what do you expect?

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Re: You can't make this up
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2007, 05:35:58 PM »
He is not the highest bidder.  I wonder who will buy the Presidency?  I believe queen hillary is the current highest bidder.  God help us all.

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Re: You can't make this up
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2007, 11:54:52 PM »
 lighten up winston. you just prove liberals don't have a sense of humor. the post wasn't critisizing all his speaking fees, just the fact he was charging $55k to talk about poverty. If it was about dems speaking fees what about bubba's speech's to the dubai bunch before and during the dubai port deal in the news??? But I guess that is different.