Tuesday, December 22, 2009

High-Priced Steele

According to the Washington Times, RNC Chairman Michael Steele has a little income on the side.

Michael S. Steele, Republican National Committee chairman, is using his title to market himself for paid appearances nationwide, personally profiting from speeches with fees of up to $20,000 at colleges, trade associations and other groups – an unusual practice criticized by a string of past party chairmen.

Mr. Steele, elected in January to the $223,500-a-year RNC post, is working with at least four outside agencies in Washington, New York, Boston and Nashville that book the speaking engagements. He charges between $8,000 and $20,000 for an address, plus first-class travel and lodging expenses.

The article goes on to state that former RNC chairs are shocked, shocked that Mr. Steele is charging speaking fees and riding upfront on the airplane.

I don’t know why they’re so worked up. Isn’t it the GOP mantra to make money any way you can? Mr. Steele is just doing what any other Republican would do given the chance.