The Maverick Makes Millions: Palin Makes More Than $12 Million Since July

Those small town values can add up. After quitting her job as Alaska Governor before the end of her term, Sarah Palin has raked in an estimated $12 million since July. Between speaking fees and her new reality show, Palin is becoming one of the wealthiest political figures in the country. In the meantime, questions are being raised about one organization that paid a speaking fee for Palin in California.

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.

This amounted includes $7 million deal for her first book and will earn $250,000 per episode for her new reality show.

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California Attorney General Jerry Brown has ordered an investigation into the shredding of documents related to a Palin speech by the Cal State Stanislaus foundation, here. A state legislator had demanded documents on the speech, which may have come with a hefty $100,000 speaking fee.

169 thoughts on “The Maverick Makes Millions: Palin Makes More Than $12 Million Since July”

  1. Elaine M.

    Thank-you for all the $arah Palin posts; I don’t know which one is the funniest!
    P.S. Wasn’t that red leather jacket allegedly returned to the GOP!

    Byron & Bdaman,

    Here’s ‘Coach’ agreeing with Glen Beck in how personal responsibility beats government intervention: “I’ve been on food stamps and welfare, did anyone help me out? No!

  2. Byron,

    That’s a reasonable suggestion for personal income taxes, but what about CORPORATE income taxes?

  3. Slart,

    Actually Ketchup is a descendant of an ancient roman fish sauce (that is a sauce made with fish, not for fish)

  4. Slarti:

    if Palin is pro tomatoe she needs to get the Oscar Meyer Weenie of the Week award.

  5. Slarti:

    I saw your point and raised you a solution πŸ™‚

    and the tax code is not progressive at all for people that can afford a good tax attorney. That was why I am not in favor of deductions. It would also save the average tax filer around a $1,000 per year on tax prep maybe more.

    I also don’t like a progressive tax and that is why I said under 40k don’t pay a thing.

  6. Byron,

    My point was about Corporate taxes going from 30% of total revenue to 7% of total revenue – most large corporations pay no income tax to the US government – this is the problem. On your comment, I disagree, but I agree that would be an improvement over what we have right now. (I favor a progressive tax code, although I would agree that the loopholes in the current code essentially mean that it isn’t very progressive – at least at the top).

  7. Slarti:

    I think we should all pay about 15-20% regardless of our situation and that people making under about $40,000 should pay no taxes.

    The 15-20% would be for all taxes and social security and medicare, etc. And it should be on all income. If you make 1,000,000 dollars in stock dividends send in 150k to 200k no deductions of any kind.

    And the states could have a 5% to 10% sales tax to raise money and you could make services like drivers licenses, etc fee for service and privatize those areas that the state doesn’t need to worry with.

    I believe we can have a vibrant economy and enough money to take care of those that need help. It isn’t either or (not that you said it was).

  8. Elaine,

    Whether you favor kraut or ketchup is a personal decision that is your right to make, but even sister Sarah will tell you that ketchup is more American (and she’s the expert on what is and isn’t real Americana…) πŸ˜‰

  9. Slarti–

    I’m with Byron when it comes to kraut. As for other condiments on dogs–ketchup is the wurst! πŸ™‚

  10. Maybe we should ask Byron to put a copy of his birth certificate on line just to be sure πŸ™‚

  11. Bdaman,

    While I personally see it as rotten cabbage, I have no problem if someone else wants to eat it but to say it’s more American that Ketchup? Come on…


    re the clip of the Palin interview with Katie Couric you posted this morning: Katie Couric sure looks uncomfortable – I’m not sure if Couric is struggling to keep her head from exploding while trying to follow Palin’s reasoning or to keep from shitting herself at the thought of President Palin…

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