Palin’s payday: $12 million

posted at 1:36 pm on April 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When Sarah Palin decided to resign from office last summer, the decision came in no small part from the need to earn money to defend herself after a barrage of complaints and a highly biased media treatment in the 2008 presidential campaign.  ABC News reports that Palin has succeeded perhaps beyond anyone’s imagining.  Counting the book, the lecture circuit, and the media contracts, Palin has made more than $12 million in just nine months:

Pundits can debate the political costs and benefits of Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Alaska governor, but the monetary advantages of leaving her $125,000-a-year public service post are beyond dispute.

Since leaving office at the end of July 2009, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has brought in at least 100 times her old salary — a haul now estimated at more than $12 million — through television and book deals and a heavy schedule of speaking appearances worth five and six figures.

That conservative estimate is based on publicly available records and news accounts. The actual number is probably much higher, but is hard to quantify because Palin does not publicize her earnings. She reputedly got a $7 million deal for her first book, with the bulk of that money due after her resignation as governor, and will earn about $250,000 per episode, according to the web site The Daily Beast, for each of eight episodes of a reality show about Alaska for the The Learning Channel. She has managed to keep a lid on reliable figures for her earnings from a multi-year contract with Fox News and a second book deal with HarperCollins.

The political consequences only come into play if Palin plans to run for office in 2012.  At the moment, Palin seems much more intent on cementing her position as a conservative activist, and as a media commentator.  And these results speak for themselves in terms of her effectiveness and reach in that role.

Speaking fees have become flash points for controversy for Palin, as ABC notes, but mostly just tempests in teapots.  Palin didn’t charge any fee at all to support Michele Bachmann’s event here in Minnesota, and she scales back fees when necessary to promote causes in which she believes.  However, the fact that she can demand and get six-figure appearance fees demonstrates her power to draw supporters and media attention.

Besides, what’s usually not mentioned in these “controversies” is the fact that her hosts use her to make money.  ABC does report that at the end of the article by providing both sides of a debate that occurred when Cal State Stanislaus engaged Palin for a fundraiser, when Palin accepted a lower fee of $75,000 for her appearance:

In California, state lawmakers have criticized officials at California State University, Stanislaus, for agreeing to pay an estimated $75,000 to Palin so she can keynote a fundraiser for the school. And when they asked the university to provide the details of the contract with Palin, university officials refused because they said the contract included a confidentiality provision.

“Money that is spent on bringing an out-of-touch former politician to campus could be spent on scholarships and other financial assistance during these challenging budget times,” said state Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat. … University Vice President Susana Gajic-Bruyea sent an email March 29 to students defending the choice.

“The board wanted to bring a keynote speaker who would attract significant interest and, therefore, drive ticket sales,” she wrote. “Sarah Palin is that type of speaker, whether or not people agree with her politics, and we expect this event to be a tremendous fund-raising success.”

Exactly.  There is nothing wrong with succeeding, and in sharing in the success that one generates.  The only reaction anyone should have is “congratulations.”


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she’s a half-term governor and national laughingstock.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 4:51 PM

We’ve already proved that O’bama was a half-term Senator.

And he’s a national laughingstock to boot. It took Dubyah Bush years to see his job approval drop into the mid 40s. Barry did it in 14 months!

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 13, 2010 at 4:59 PM

You can tell which talking points the Palin haters think works the best to drive wedges between her and her supporters by the amount of trools that show up on the posts.

So far they think
“fame”
“riches”
“resignation”
“McCain supporter”

are the biggest weapons they have to hammer Palin with.

All are pretty much non-startes to her supporters so the dems basically got nothing.

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Jeez, these trolls are SO LAME! We deserve better! We can’t even break a sweat with these clowns. Allah, please, I beg you — Release the Kraken!!!!

littleguy on April 13, 2010 at 5:01 PM

And he’s a national laughingstock to boot. It took Dubyah Bush years to see his job approval drop into the mid 40s. Barry did it in 14 months!

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 13, 2010 at 4:59 PM

that’s unprecendented i think

historic even

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Unless she gets elected POTUS, in which case the nation is in for one heck of a rollercoaster ride.

Dark-Star on April 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM

i hope she runs because the primary would be a lot of fun to watch, but at the same time i’m also terrified of her having a chance of becoming president. one of the few things conservatives are right about: liberals are truly scared of palin.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM

What about the non-public portion of the report?

BTW I find it amusing that you deal with the first part of my response, but conveniently ignore the second part, which was that the same investigation determined that her firing of the guy was perfectly legal.

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 13, 2010 at 5:06 PM

but at the same time i’m also terrified of her having a chance of becoming president. one of the few things conservatives are right about: liberals are truly scared of palin.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

We knew that already. Well, maybe Allahpundit didn’t.

ddrintn on April 13, 2010 at 5:07 PM

the exaggeration notwithstanding, compared to the challenges facing a president they’re quite mundane.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 4:11 PM

What’s the exaggeration? For two months, nearly 90% of staff hours were devoted to these ethics complaints, according to her lawyer and several staffers.

And the POTUS isn’t exposed to this sort of crap like the Alaskan Governor is (a flaw in Alaskan law, that couldn’t have been anticipated, really).

BPD on April 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Don’t forget the Alaska Mafia (c) also went after her staff, filing “ethics” complaints about them and trying to bankrupt them as well.

BTW..this entire operation was run out of an office at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. by Obama’s senior adviser Pete Rouse. Rouse was Obama’s Senate chief-of-staff as well as campaign c-o-s. Rouse is an Alaskan by birth, though he has lived in DC forever. He still votes absentee in Alaska.

Remember, once Palin was chosen as Johnny Mac’s VP, Obama PERSONALLY called the Alaska State Troopers Union to see what he and his Chicago thug network could do to stop her.

Obama dispatched Rouse, who then recruited State Senators Hollis French and Kim Elton to put on the “Troopergate” dog and pony show. Sarah calls it “Tasergate” because her ex-brother-in-law had used his taser on his step son! (also threatened to kill Sarah her sister, and her father..and YET, is STILL a state trooper!)

French and Elton bragged they’d have an “October surprise that would lead to Palin’s impeachment.” In fact, they released the fictional “Branchflower Report” just a couple of days before the presidential election.

At the same time, an independent investigator from the Alaska State Personnel Board, Timothy Petumenos. Tim found that not only had French and Elton acted improperly all through the “investigation” they had actually used the wrong statute to investigate Palin under.

Stephen Branchflower deliberately hid facts, e-mails, and refused to hear testimony, all of which would exhilarate Sarah!

Tim spanked them pretty good, in fact and overturned all of their findings.

No matter, the damage was done, and Obama kept his word, giving Kim Elton a make work job in the Department of Interior. Pay-for-play for a job well done. Chicago thug style.

Of course, Sarah didn’t just sit down. If you remember, from almost the day the Chicago thug was elected she has been on the attack. She has hammered him on energy policy as well as foreign policy since day one.

Rouse had created something called the “Wasilla Project” along with several Alaskan reprobates. This deal is funded by one of George Soros’ front groups.

The WP in turn created the Alaska Mafia (c) a group of hate bloggers..all who were given access to the pages of the Huffington Post to spew hate and lies (which would then be picked up by Obama’s other media partners and reported as fact)

The Bloggers, in turn started recruiting people to file dozens of bogus ethics complaints to tie Sarah and her administration up. This is straight out of Alinsky’s book.

Only one ethics filer (Andree McLeod..a certified loon) was not part of the Alaska Mafia (c) that Rouse and his buddies created.

BTW, let me just end with this. Anyone that thinks Sarah Palin isn’t going to run for POTUS in 2012 needs to reflect on all of this.

Sarah was the most prominent person in the nation (if not the world)going after Obama. (until Marverick’s team shut her down) She has NEVER stopped going after him. Not for a second.

Sarah loves America with every ounce of her soul and wants to stop Obama and his regime because he and it are evil. But you better bet this is personal, as well.

Sarah would love nothing more than to have Obama stuffed and mounted in her trophy room. Only one way to do that, really, and that is for her to run and beat him in 2012.

She’ll run and she’ll win because she loves America and has, by far, the strongest vision moving forward. But taking down Obama, personally, will be a very nice bonus.

gary4205 on April 13, 2010 at 5:07 PM

she’s a half-term governor and national laughingstock. the only one she outwitted was herself.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Laughingstock? She’s helped turn your messiah’s pride and joy into one of the more unpopular boondoggles in recent memory. “Death panels” is going to long outlive “Hopenchange”.

ddrintn on April 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM

We’ve already proved that O’bama was a half-term Senator.

And he’s a national laughingstock to boot. It took Dubyah Bush years to see his job approval drop into the mid 40s. Barry did it in 14 months!

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 13, 2010 at 4:59 PM

well, palin’s already in the 20′s so i wouldn’t go there.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM

well, palin’s already in the 20’s so i wouldn’t go there.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM

She can only go up while Teh One continues Teh Slide.

ddrintn on April 13, 2010 at 5:12 PM

i’m also terrified of her having a chance of becoming president. one of the few things conservatives are right about: liberals are truly scared of palin.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Kudos for admitting she scares the getalife out of you. Now tell us why.

Are you scared of her for cutting state spending?

Are you afraid of her because as Alaska Governor she doubled State revenue?

Or are you scared of her for trying to increase caribou and moose populations so that the Native Alaskan populations would have more food?

BTW, getting back to that Ethics “complaint” you keep trotting out, you also cherry-pick that data. As wiki tells us

The State Personnel Board (SPB) reviewed the matter at Palin’s request.On September 15, the Anchorage law firm of Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness filed arguments of “no probable cause” with the SPB on behalf of Palin. The SPB hired independent counsel Timothy Petumenos, a Democrat, as an investigator. On October 24, Palin gave three hours of depositions with the Board in St. Louis, Missouri. On November 3, Petumenos found that there was no probable cause to believe Palin or any other state official had violated state ethical standards.

In other words, the investigation results were analyzed by a Democrat investigator, who cleared her.

Next?

Del Dolemonte on April 13, 2010 at 5:14 PM

she’s a half-term governor and national laughingstock. the only one she outwitted was herself.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Seriously, this is a good example of demented self delusion.

fossten on April 13, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Kudos for admitting she scares the getalife out of you. Now tell us why.

Del Dolemonte on April 13, 2010 at 5:14 PM

The same reason they’re scared of any successful or charismatic conservative: the squashing of the moonbat agenda. The moonbats know their ideas in themselves don’t sell.

ddrintn on April 13, 2010 at 5:16 PM

well, palin’s already in the 20’s so i wouldn’t go there.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM

First of all, Palin isn’t POTUS.

Second, she doesn’t have a “job approval” number anymore. Just a personal approval number.

Third, in which poll (and when was it done) is her personal approval in the 20s? The most recent poll I found at Polling Report has her at nearly 40%, or twice as much as what you’re claiming. I did find one with her in the 20′s but it was done 3 months ago by C-BS “News”, who have repeatedly been busted for over-sampling Democrats to get the poll results they desire.

Del Dolemonte on April 13, 2010 at 5:19 PM

It’s just more proof Plain isn’t running for any office again anytime soon. I Don’t blame her at all. Make that money.

Moesart on April 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM

And the dimbulb wing of the conservative movement wonders why Gov. Palin is campaigning on behalf of Sen. McCain. I’m guessing she gets down on her fundamentalist little knees every friggin’ day and thanks the lord that McCain was persuaded to pluck her from relative obscurity. She’s rich and famous and owes it all to McCain. More power to her for convincing many of you rubes to give her your hard earned dough.

dakine on April 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM

cmon now trollies! this agitation is getting entertaining!

Both barrels! git yo agitatin on!

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 5:24 PM

work in some nascar and camo…maybe some blue collar beer reference.

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Palin as the VP candidate started out more qualified to be POTUS then the current incumbent. She was a governor and he was a community organizer. Since then she has improved her overall knowledge and skills while he has demonstrated that he doesn’t have a clue on economics or foreign policy. The only possible reason for all the “left wing” Palin hate must be panic. If she is paying her bills with her current activities that is fine and well deserved.

duff65 on April 13, 2010 at 5:46 PM

i hope she runs because the primary would be a lot of fun to watch, but at the same time i’m also terrified of her having a chance of becoming president. one of the few things conservatives are right about: liberals are truly scared of palin.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Oh, you’re scared. What do you really think would happen if she won?

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 13, 2010 at 5:47 PM

good for Sarah! Just like it is great for the Big Dawg that he made some speechifyin and book writin dough when he left office, I think it is great for Sarah too!

ginaswo on April 13, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Sarah is worth every penny.

O’BOWma is not the worth the paper his birth certificate is written on.

Norwegian on April 13, 2010 at 6:08 PM

That puts Sara at ten million behind cu-tie Katy Couric, WTF who counting what here?

mixplix on April 13, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Stephen Branchflower deliberately hid facts, e-mails, and refused to hear testimony, all of which would exhilarate Sarah!

gary4205 on April 13, 2010 at 5:07 PM

And the HotAir trolls too, no doubt. ;) /snark

RD on April 13, 2010 at 6:29 PM

one of the few things conservatives are right about: liberals are truly scared of palin.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Yeah because Palin would disarm us, demean our country around the world, run up record debt, tax us to death and take over the entire economy. yeap a lot to be afraid of from Palin.

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give me a freaking break if you are not quaking in your shoes by Obama’s disarmamnet of the world’s only superpower you are clueless.

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 6:39 PM

well, palin’s already in the 20’s so i wouldn’t go there.

sesquipedalian on April 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM

ROFL citing a unbalanced and liberal poll to defend your POV is not the answer.

Either the crowd sizes are wrong or the polls. Since I can see the crowds that flock to hear her speak I’m going with that as a measure of her support not some liberal push poll

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 6:41 PM

It’s just more proof Plain isn’t running for any office again anytime soon. I Don’t blame her at all. Make that money.

Moesart on April 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Yeah because we all know that you do not need money to run for office. the cmapaign staff all work for free, the TV and radio stations all give your ads free air time, the yard signs and mailers just magically appear and the travel to and from event is done by magic carpet.

Are people this dense. $12 million means she is building up her warchest. a warchest that most POTUS hopefuls would kill to have.

this $12 milllion does not even count her PAC, defense fund. This $12 million is the insuracefor Palin to know she can fight throu out the primary.

she learned in her first run at Lt. gov that a shoe string campaign does not make a winner. She lost by a couple % and only had $20,000 since then she has gone into ever campaign loaded.

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 6:47 PM

She’s rich and famous and owes it all to McCain. More power to her for convincing many of you rubes to give her your hard earned dough.

dakine on April 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM

what an idiot you are. She is rich and famous by her hard work, effort and by placing her life in God’s hands. McCain picking her had nothing to do with what she did with the oppurtunity.

Don’t believe me look at some of the last failed VP candiadtes.

Edwards facing charges, lost his wife, bastard child
Liberman still in the exact same place he was before Gore picked him.
Gore mulimillionare
qualye doing “where are they now” specisla with gary coleman

It is the character, fight, drive and core ethics of the person that makes the person not the oppurtunity.

Out of the last 5 failed VP picks only 2 have made something of the oppurtunity. And one of those did it with scare tactics and junk science.

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Out of the last 5 failed VP picks only 2 have made something of the oppurtunity. And one of those did it with scare tactics and junk science.

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Correction Gore wasn’t a failed VP. So out of the last 4 losing VP only Palin was able to rise above it and prosper. that should tell you all you need to know about her character.

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Palin isn’t running for POTUS. Just deal with reality already. geez

Moesart on April 13, 2010 at 7:14 PM

So out of the last 4 losing VP only Palin was able to rise above it and prosper. that should tell you all you need to know about her character.

She has a bunch of fans who will grab anything with her name on it. That pays well. Many of them are out of touch enough to actually believe she could be elected POTUS.

I don’t have anything against her. Don’t have anything for her, either. She’s the Repub Obama, basically. A celeb that makes the fans swoon.

Moesart on April 13, 2010 at 7:20 PM

unseen on April 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Give me a break you fundamentalist little twit. Palin’s a populist creation, and she owes everything she’s got now to McCain. We’ll have Palin and the ridiculous Tea Party movement to blame when Obama wins a second term in 2012. Save your lame ass arguments for the nitwits you hang out with.

dakine on April 13, 2010 at 7:41 PM

We’ve already proved that O’bama was a half-term Senator.

He had to leave his post as senator to become president. That is normal business in politics if you win elections. She quit just to quit. When she did that, she made up her mind that politics was not the career for her. She found a much more satisfying career as media pundit.

One can say congratulations to Palin for making money, but not champion her as some earthy candidate of the people. That she is not. People need to forget about her for any presidential run. And as soon as she is dismissed in that capacity, the media will stop reporting on her.

keep the change on April 13, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I did I a little checking to find out what the average speaking fees are, and I think I found the base for some of this “outrage”

Among the top speakers 2008 (BP Before Pailin) we have

Arianna Huffington
Claim to Fame: Political Pundit and Online News Publisher
Fee: $25,000-$40,000
Arianna Huffington has spun her success as a founder of the Huffington Post into a lucrative side gig as a speaker. A former right-wing political commentator, Huffington has become a force in liberal politics and a household name in the blogosphere.

And after years of busting her a$$ she is only getting 40K tops!
Palin gets 200K average! that’s gotta hurt.

Al Gore
Claim to Fame: Vice-President, 1993-2001; former U.S. Senator
Fee: $100,000
Not surprisingly, Gore’s global warming lecture is a big seller. The Smoking Gun, a Web site, nabbed a copy of the speaker’s contract for a 2007 “Environmental Media Lecture,” which revealed some interesting tidbits. Any vehicle used to drive Gore, for instance, “will be a sedan, NOT an SUV” and, if possible, should be a hybrid. The

sponsor needs written permission from Gore to distribute photos from the event—and no media are allowed without his permission.

Wow! Moron to the extreme!
After getting off the “privet jet” (part of the speaker gig?)
He then will only get in a sedan, preferably a hybrid!

And won’t allow media are allowed without his permission!

And he only gets 100K Palin 200K!

The outrage is a hissy fit envy driven!

Now it makes sense!

DSchoen on April 13, 2010 at 8:21 PM

That puts Sara at ten million behind cu-tie Katy Couric, WTF who counting what here?
mixplix on April 13, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Wow!
So after 2 years in the National public eye Palin at 12 Mil is behind Katy Couric, 19 years in the National public eye by 10 mil!
Wow!

BTW, Katy Couric gets 15 mil per year for all her CBS work, so Palin is only 3 mil behind.

Olbermann gets 5 to 7 mil a year.

DSchoen on April 13, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Thank you, Ed. Allah’s Palin offerings usually leave a sour taste in the mouth.

disa on April 13, 2010 at 8:52 PM

All these people mocking her and trashing her and shes laughing all the way to the bank! Good for her!

MCGIRV on April 13, 2010 at 10:22 PM

this is an affirmation that she would be a great president cause of she made a LOT of money

happyfeet on April 14, 2010 at 2:34 AM

I personally believe that her success will offset the big questions about why she resigned.

Regardless of the chatter, people love a winner, and she’s obviously “won” a great deal in making a very strategic and easily criticized decision.

People will admire this.

AnninCA on April 14, 2010 at 10:13 AM

this is an affirmation that she would be a great president cause of she made a LOT of money

happyfeet on April 14, 2010 at 2:34 AM

The meme from the left was that she was a 15-minute wonder.

Obviously, their judgment was inaccurate.

That says a lot about their judgment, period.

And that is the point.

AnninCA on April 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Wow!
So after 2 years in the National public eye Palin at 12 Mil is behind Katy Couric, 19 years in the National public eye by 10 mil!
Wow!

BTW, Katy Couric gets 15 mil per year for all her CBS work, so Palin is only 3 mil behind.

Olbermann gets 5 to 7 mil a year.

DSchoen on April 13, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Yes, but ask ABC if they are pleased with the deal they made.

Katie’s ratings suck.

AnninCA on April 14, 2010 at 10:15 AM

It’s good to see the tears of Palin detractors.

Hope she makes another 12 mil.

Inanemergencydial on April 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM

If these leftists really thought that Palin was a laughingstock, they would keep quite about it and just let good times (for them) roll. Why would the leftist shoot themselves in the foot? Just let the right support a, as they say, laughingstock. Then it would be an easy win for them, wouldn’t it?

The fact that they are trying to get us to see Palin as a laughingstock tells us that- she is not.

JakeRightThought on April 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Sarah has no intentions of running for anything in 2012. She’s following where she believes God wants her to go and that’s exactly where she is…making a difference in the political arena and more, as well as setting her family up for life, financially. This is a huge burden off of anyone who has a large family to support while their enemies are out to “get” them. When a conservative returns to the White House, they can appoint her energy czar.

Nalea on April 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

High School graduates get 500k + per episode for sitcoms. Don’t make me laugh complaining about what they are paying the Sarahcuda.

SurferDoc on April 13, 2010 at 4:38 PM

It usually takes mulitiple seasons or great ratings for actors to get that kind of cash. I just find it ridiculous that people are pretending this will be a documentary of Alaska with hardly any Palins shown.

Speedwagon82 on April 14, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Good, I look forward to her earning her first $120 million.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 14, 2010 at 9:57 PM

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