Ben Carson will be paid for speaking engagements while campaigning and as Alan at Liberaland notes, “Someone should tell Ben Carson that when you’re running for president you don’t get paid for speeches.”
The National Review reports:
A spokesman for Carson’s presidential exploratory committee confirmed to National Review that the possible Republican candidate’s schedule includes paid speaking engagements running into the autumn of 2015 — many months after he’s expected to declare his official candidacy. By maintaining these commitments, the famous-neurosurgeon-turned-GOP-hopeful would break with long-standing practice discouraging presidential candidates from collecting cash at the podium.
Carson’s team is tight-lipped about how much he will earn from these scheduled engagements, and how much he’s earned from such engagements in the past. But the mere fact that Carson plans to continue giving paid speeches well into the fall could fuel speculation that his long-shot presidential run is primarily an attempt to raise his profile, with an eye toward attracting more highly paid speaking gigs in the future.
Mike Huckabee gave paid talks throughout his 2008 candidacy, but that’s unusual for Democrats and Republicans.
But Carson will continue to be paid for remarks such as, “Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
Grifters gonna grift.
If Hillary did this, the outrage would be deafening.
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