Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Chump Change

In talking about his taxes, Mitt Romney said that he makes money on the side with speaking fees, “but not very much.”

In fact, in the most recent year, Mr. Romney made $374,327.62 in speaker’s fees, at an average of $41,592 per speech, according to his public financial disclosure reports.

To be fair, that isn’t a lot of money compared to his net worth of $250 million, but if the speaking fees alone were his only income, he makes it into the 1% just on that.

Hey, if he can rake it in like that just for talking, great. But please don’t tell me — or the average American voter — that he’s just your average guy. What he makes on one speech alone could power a family for a year.

He just doesn’t get it.

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Like all candidates, John McCain and his staff did research on his opponents when he ran for president in 2008, including Mitt Romney. The report on Mr. Romney is two hundred pages and it covers everything from his life story to his stands on social issues, the economy, and foreign and domestic policy.

How do we know this? Because someone found it and posted it on the internet.